The English Department employs process-oriented, technologically supported, cross-disciplinary teaching strategies in literature, writing and oral communication. Our faculty includes esteemed scholars, well-published writers and experienced practitioners. Beyond its own minors in Professional Writing and Literature, the department supports, extends and deepens your engagement at Columbia while simultaneously preparing you to be a more thoughtful, conscientious citizen. In the words of the college’s mission, you'll have “an opportunity to try themselves out, to explore, and to discover what they can and want to.”
For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.
Cultural Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary academic field that draws from many traditional academic fields—including history, literature, philosophy, sociology and political science, among others—in order to better grasp the many dimensions of the cultural and social worlds we inhabit. Students seeking a Cultural Studies BA may choose a concentration in one of three subject areas.Learn More
As a Professional Writing minor, you will explore the rhetorical, ethical and cultural dimensions of all communicative acts and find opportunities to learn, research, create and distribute content for print and digital environments. Professional Writing students will gain practical skills in writing for the workplace, plus experience in arts and media writing.
A Literature minor is for students who have declared a major in an arts and communications field who desire to supplement the three credit hour Humanities/Literature requirement with an additional 18 credit hours coursework with a focus on literary fiction, nonfiction, film, poetry or drama.
We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.
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