Department of English

The study of literature not only cultivates a profound knowledge of one's own humanity and of the human condition, but also provides practical skills that are useful in almost any career. The study of English teaches you how to write clearly, speak effectively, analyze ideas, read and synthesize complex information, understand human motivation and better oneself through self-reflection. While discovering the foundations of our common cultural, historical, and psychological heritage through undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and English Education, you will be preparing yourself for a possible career in a wide range of fields that include publishing, teaching, advertising, public relations, human relations and management, or legal and government positions.

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Undergraduate Program Dual Program Graduate Programs
B.A. in English - Literature B.S. in Adolescence Education - English (Grade 7-12)/M.A. in English M.A. in English
B.A. in English - Writing

Poetry Center

Established in 1974, the LIU Post Poetry Center is the longest-running literary center at any university in the metropolitan New York area. Every year the Poetry Center sponsors a series of poetry readings and other events, as well as a contest that was begun by the English Department in the 1960s.

Literary Tradition

Now in its 47th year of publication, Confrontation, the literary magazine of the Department of English, has achieved a reputation for its distinctive balance of work by the known, the unknown and the great—including Nobel prize winners John Steinbeck, Derek Walcott, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Joseph Brodsky, Nadine Gordimer, S.Y. Agnon; and Pulitzer and other prize winners W.H. Auden, Arthur Miller, Ned Rorem, Ed Bullins, Joyce Carol Oates, T.C. Boyle, and Lanford Wilson.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean

Joan Ruckel
Executive Assistant to the Dean