Dec 04, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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About the Department

The English Department offers students a variety of courses in the study of literature, literary theory, composition, rhetoric,  linguistics and creative writing . The Department is interdisciplinary in its offerings, with a diverse faculty whose areas of research and approaches to teaching offer Hunter students a wide spectrum of historical, post-modern, theoretical, textual, and socio-cultural approaches to literary study, rhetoric and composition, linguistics and language, and creative writing. The department encourages disciplined, original thinking and writing while its small classes promote learning through stimulating discussions. 

Introductory and intermediate courses present a wide range of literary forms, periods and genres. Students who major in English choose one of  five concentrations: Literatures, Language and Criticism; Creative Writing; Adolescent Education (a concentration designed for prospective high school teachers),  English Language Arts and Linguistics and Rhetoric. Qualified students may enroll in honors seminars and tutorials. The English Department participates in Hunter’s interdisciplinary programs in Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Religion. The English major provides a foundation for careers in writing, teaching, journalism, publishing, law, business, or any other career that depends on the ability to read analytically and write effectively. 

ENGL 22000 - Introduction to Writing about Literature (W) is a prerequisite for all literature courses numbered above 22000 in the English Department. Students who plan to major in English should take no more than 6 credits past ENGL 22000 before declaring the major. 

ENGL 30000 - Introduction to Creative Writing is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400- level writing courses (except ENGL 30100).  Students must pass this course with a minimum grade of B to major in creative writing.

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in English 

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

1212 West
(212) 772-5070
Web site:


Cristina Alfar
1212 West
(212) 772-5187

Deputy Chair:

Barbara Webb
1219 West
(212) 772-5177


English Faculty

HEGIS Codes: 1502



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