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Every element of the English program at Concordia College–New York is designed to promote strong thinking, writing, and communication skills. Our students become strong communicators and critical thinkers, who are able to synthesize information and make informed, ethical decisions. Consequently, our graduates demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary for “lives of service,” and they excel in many professions. The English program is part of the Division of Arts and Sciences.

Graduates of Concordia’s English program:

  • Write Well. Students in the English program write extensively in every course in the program, so their progress is evident in their portfolios. Advanced writing courses are available, and students demonstrate their skills in college publications, internships, and independent studies.
  • Are Critical and Ethical Thinkers. From the first core courses, students in the English program are challenged to produce work that requires moral and ethical reasoning. They are expected to analyze, debate, synthesize, and sometimes dramatize texts that foster a global prospective and encourage them to examine their world and themselves.
  • Use Their Talents. Concordia’s English program students express themselves fluently. They learn how to use their skills in the ‘real world’ through experiential learning courses and internships.
  • Appreciate Literature. Literature in the English program is experienced in breadth in survey courses and in critical depth through specialized topic courses.  It is a solid foundation for graduate study but, more importantly, it opens windows into life.

English Areas of Study

Students focus on one of the following



Sample English Program Courses Include:

  • Genre courses in fiction, drama, and poetry
  • Survey courses covering British and American literature from the Middle Age to present
  • Writing courses, including creative writing, journalism, and new media
  • In-depth studies of major literary figures
  • Special topics, which have included African-American Literature, Women in Literature, and Origins of Drama
  • Courses linking literature to criticism, culture, and current events
  • Capstone experience, a required course in which students will create, develop, and present their own thesis project

Potential Career Paths Include:

Journalist Novelist
Campaign Manager Community Relations
Public Relations Director Advertising Copywriter
Communications Director Freelance Writer
Social Media Content Manager Others

English Faculty

Dr. Kate Behr
Chair of English, Professor of English, Director of Fellows Program
D.Phil., Pembroke College, Oxford University; B.A., Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London
Dr. Mandana Nakhai
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee