Students come to the Department of English to:
- Participate in the Professional Writing and Literature minors
- Take personalized, career-appropriate Professional Writing and Literature course sequences
- Take English as an Additional Language courses
- Take meaningful electives to support their major studies
- Fulfill Cultural Studies and Creative Writing major requirements
- Engage in service-learning projects
- Fulfill Liberal Arts and Science Core and Writing Intensive requirements (Writing and Rhetoric, Oral Communication, and Literature)
The Department of English employs process-oriented, technologically-supported, cross-disciplinary teaching strategies. Courses are taught by a diverse faculty of respected scholars, writers, and experienced practitioners.
Beyond its own minors in Professional Writing and Literature, the department exists to support, extend, and deepen student engagement across all Columbia’s disciplines and to prepare broad-thinking and articulate citizens.
Small class size allows personalized interaction between students and expert faculty, offering students in the words of Columbia’s mission, "an opportunity to try themselves out, to explore, and to discover what they can and want to do."
Critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, theorizing, and research strategies that compel employers and graduate schools are privileged in all classes. Mentorships and internships are encouraged.
In any given semester, students can choose from courses such as “Myth, Literature and Film”; “Victorian Illustrated Poetry”; “Writing for the Workplace”; “Zombies in Popular Media”; “Blues as Literature”; or “Graphic Narrative: Words, Image, Culture.”
Students with demonstrated abilities in written and oral communication find careers in publishing, media, politics, public service, education, public relations, management, and Web development, and transition successfully to graduate and professional studies programs in law, medicine, dentistry, and the like.