The Department of English
About Us


Welcome to the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Whether you want to pursue literature, law, creative writing, journalism, or film, our award-winning faculty will help you succeed.

Routinely honored for its outstanding teaching, mentoring and service to students, John Jay’s English Department is home to a nationally recognized and award-winning Writing Program, world-renowned poets, novelists, and scholars, and a community of lively and engaged students preparing for careers in law, education, public policy, business, writing, and communications.

We offer a B.A. in English with an optional concentration in Literature and the Law and participate in the B.A. in Humanities and Justice Major. We also offer minors in English, Journalism, and Writing.

The English Department is also home to the Sentinel, the college’s student newspaper, John Jay’s Finest, the college’s journal of outstanding student writing, the Quill, a journal of student creative writing and art, and J Journal, an international journal featuring creative writing on the theme of justice.

Valerie Allen, Chairperson
524 West 59th Street, Room 7.63.04, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.237.8909, Email: