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

Dr. Megan Walsh
Associate Professor
(716) 375-2447 /
Plassmann Hall F-2

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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 department is thrilled now to also offer, in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Journalism, a major in Professional and Creative Writing. This new undergraduate major combines the imaginative power of creative writing with the technical skill of professional communicators.

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.

Comments from Students

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

    Nov 14, 2017

    Dr. Donika Kelly
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    Professor of English, English Department, School of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Donika Kelly was awarded a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy award for her debut poetry collection BESTIARY. More than 200 literary stars and representatives of the publishing industry, media, arts, politics, and academia attended the Legacy Awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming & Past Courses
English Courses for Spr. 2018
English Courses for Spr. 2017
English Courses for Fall 2016
● English Courses for Spr. 2016
● English Courses for Fall 2015
Want to Minor in English?
It's Easy!
● English Minor Form
Annual Panzarella Writing Awards
The winners of the 2016-2017 Panzarella Awards have been announced!
Click for more information, including eligibility requirements, award categories, prizes, and submission instructions.
English Fact Sheet