The English and Creative Writing Department invites you to explore how writers draw readers into their study of the world through stories, poems, essays, plays and novels. You will explore a gallery of intriguing characters' tales - heroes, wanderers, scoundrels and seekers.
The department offers majors in literature and creative writing, all leading to a versatile Bachelor of Arts degree. Minors include creative writing, dramatic literature, English literature, British Literature, and English. A certificate in creative writing is available through Hayworth College for Adult Studies.
Through emphasis on critical thinking and careful analysis, English majors develop both a historical knowledge of the development of literature and an intimate understanding of its many genres and forms. You'll also become a better author yourself as you apply your new knowledge to your craft.
Outside of the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to interact directly with distinguished writers brought to campus through the department's Reading Series. You can also join the "Signet" staff to produce our undergraduate art and literary magazine.
English majors may obtain a teaching license at the high school level in coordination with the Cato School of Education.
Outstanding students are eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.
Finding Your Path
Queens' students in English and creative writing are ready for a broad range of careers, as well as graduate study in law, literature, composition theory, drama, theater and creative writing. Our graduates publish, teach, enjoy Fulbright fellowships, and work in the fields of publishing, editing, journalism, media relations, advertising, business and technical writing and technical theater.
"Queens was an environment that fostered creativity and taught me how to write. And it didn’t feel prejudicial against the kinds of things I wanted to write – which is a very good way to kill somebody’s interest and skillset, by the way – and so it was a perfect petri dish in which to grow my career."
- Chuck Wendig, '98, New York Times Best-selling Author, Star Wars: Aftermath