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For more information about the English program, please contact the Chair of the English Department:

Dr. Daniel Ellis
Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences
(716) 375-2449 /
Plassmann Hall D-3

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The Department of English at St. Bonaventure offers courses in the literary history of England and America, in the literature of both nations, in factual and imaginative writing, and in public speaking. English courses, with a few exceptions, are open to qualified students whether or not they major in English.

Why English?
English majors hang out with great writers and find their own voices in the great forms of literature.

The chief purpose of a major in English is to enable the student to understand, appreciate and evaluate the significant literature in the English language as well as to develop the student's ability to read, write, and speak English as effectively as possible.

The department takes pride in the success its graduates have achieved in advanced study in literature, the study of law, teaching, business, and indeed, in virtually every walk of life not demanding extensive and particular technical preparation.

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English students at SBU don’t just walk away with a list of literary facts and a set of language skills. They learn to logically and intelligently build on their knowledge.  Read more...

Faculty Research & Honors

    May 2, 2019

    Dr. Megan Walsh
    Department Chair, English
    Dr. Megan Walsh has been awarded a 2019-2020 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). This award grants Walsh, a professor of English, support for four months of residency to work at the AAS, a major independent research library. The AAS-NEH fellowship was awarded for research on her third academic book project, “Bad Archives: Extra-Illustration and the History of Information Management in the United States.” Walsh’s project examines the history of libraries, data collection, and the organization of knowledge in the United States in the 19th century. She is investigating the critically understudied, but hugely important, practice of extra-illustration — readers would cut up and then glue historical documents, pictures, and other valuable texts into rare books, often “ruining” them in the eyes of modern librarians and curators. Read more here.

Upcoming & Past Courses
English Courses for Fall 2019
English Courses for Spr. 2019
English Courses for Fall 2018
English Courses for Spr. 2018
English Courses for Spr. 2017
Want to Minor in English?
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● English Minor Form
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