The Department of English


Bachelor of Arts in English

English majors read, discuss, and write about literature, film, popular culture and the law from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, they build skills in critical reading and analysis, verbal presentation, argumentation, and persuasive writing. In John Jay’s unique English curriculum, students acquire a comprehensive and varied foundation in literary study, and then choose either an optional concentration in Literature and the Law or pursue the field of Literature in greater depth. The major prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate work in law, public policy, business, education, writing, and government. (Prerequisites & Requirements, Admissions)

Faculty Advisor: John Staines, 646.557.4555

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Justice

The Humanities and Justice major offers students the opportunity to explore fundamental questions about justice from a humanistic, interdisciplinary perspective. Rooted in history, literature and philosophy, Humanities and Justice prepares students for basic inquiry and advanced research into issues of justice that lie behind social policy and criminal justice as well as broader problems of social morality and equity. Its courses are designed to help students develop the skills of careful reading, critical thinking and clear writing that are necessary for the pursuit of any professional career. This major provides an excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs, for graduate school in the humanities, and for careers in law, education, public policy and criminal justice. (Prerequisites & Requirements, Admissions)

Advisor and Program Coordinator: Bettina Carbonell, Department of English, 212.237.8702

Minor in English

The English minor offers students the opportunity to read, appreciate and analyze literature, advance their critical thinking skills, and polish their expository and/or creative writing skills.

The study of literature and the practice of expository and creative writing strengthen important skills while engaging students in significant historical, ethical and aesthetic debates. Students who study literature learn to read critically, form interpretations and make arguments based on evidence. Students who study writing will learn to express themselves clearly, concisely and creatively while also perfecting their editing and revision skills. Students who pursue the minor in English will graduate with a greater command of language and with incisive critical skills that will serve them well in their chosen career or post-graduate work. (Requirements, Admissions)

Minor Advisor: Jay Walitalo, 212.484.1192

Minor in Writing

The Writing Minor allows students to practice the craft of writing in various forms and genres. In the minor, students will participate in a broad range of workshop-based courses, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, legal writing and business writing. Some courses will focus on creating original, artistic work, and others will be geared toward preparing students for careers involving professional writing or for graduate study. (Requirements, Admissions )

Minor Advisor: Professor Jay Walitalo, 212.484.1192,

Valerie Allen, Chairperson
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