B.A. in English


The 120-credit B.A. in English offers students the opportunity to concentrate in:

All English majors gain a breadth of knowledge of English literary traditions, including American and Anglophone literatures around the world. In the Creative Writing concentration, students develop their abilities to express themselves imaginatively in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students concentrating in Writing & Rhetoric hone their skills in writing clearly and persuasively for any audience or purpose. In all three programs, students gain an extensive knowledge of Literature, a sense of the scope of English studies, and familiarity with important issues in their fields of concentration. All three programs require the completion of 33 credits in English courses numbered 100 or above.

See course descriptions, read about our advisement/mentoring program for English majors, and learn about the English minor.

See our blog, The Longest Island, for up-to-date information about this program and news about the English Department and its events.

For more information, contact the English Department's undergraduate advisor, Wayne Berninger.


Why Major in English?

Today’s professional must interpret and manipulate complex information, so employers are attracted to job candidates who read carefully, think creatively, and write clearly and persuasively. English majors have a distinct advantage. We believe the English major program at LIU Brooklyn helps students build a strong foundation for success in advertising, business, education, journalism, law, politics, and a wide range of other careers.

The Dean of the School of Law at St. Mary's University has stated that an "English major is considered to be the very best for those who intend to enter law school." Indeed, students who have graduated with a degree in English from LIU Brooklyn have been accepted into such prestigious law schools as George Washington University, Boston University, and Fordham University.

Moreover, according to the Educational Testing Service, English majors are well prepared not only to go into law but also advertising, entertainment, politics, screenwriting, acting, public relations, politics, journalism, and fundraising (among other fields). In addition to these careers, many English majors find the most meaningful expression of their interests in the field of education. A recent survey shows that 38% of English majors go on to work in public and private schools at the secondary level. However, 26% of English majors go into fields unrelated to education. Such numbers are testament to the diversity of careers open to English majors and suggest that they are able to combine the study of a subject they genuinely enjoy with success in their careers.

If you are interested in majoring in English, contact Wayne Berninger, the English Department’s Undergraduate Advisor. To make your own appointment, use the app at wayneberninger.setster.com. Here is a short video showing how to use the app.

Advisement Sheets

We provide these documents for English majors to use in keeping track of their progress toward graduation. These are the originals. Mr. Berninger maintains a personalized copy for each English major and shares it with the student via Google Drive.

The English Minor

Why choose a minor at all?

Although it is not a requirement for graduation, a minor gives you a way to pursue your interests in a field other than your major. In addition, a minor gives you a way to show future employers or graduate school admissions committees the diversity of your interests and skills; therefore, you might want to think about your future goals when choosing a minor. For example, if you are headed towards business and technology, you might want to minor in Computer Science or Economics. If you are headed toward graduate study and have a specific interest in gender issues, you might choose to minor in Gender Studies. If you are interested in law school or public service, consider minoring in Philosophy, Political Science, or Urban Studies. Your advisor can help you think about other possibilities, such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Psychology, Social Work, or Journalism. For an interesting perspective on the topic of choosing a minor, you may be interested in the following New York Times article: "What’s Your Minor?" by Michelle Slatalla (April 20, 2008).

A minor consists of twelve credits at or above the 100-level in one department (fifteen credits in some departments). Some departments may not allow minors, so you should check before you make your decision. It is also possible to develop an interdisciplinary minor with the approval of the respective department chairs and deans. In order to have your minor listed on your transcript, obtain a "Request for Minor" form, available in the Registrar's Office. Fill out this form, listing the courses you have completed in your minor subject. Meet with the minor Department Chair and have him/her sign the form, certifying that you have completed the requirements for a Minor in that subject. Then submit the form to the Registrar.

Why minor in English?

You enjoy reading, analyzing, and writing about literature, and no matter what you do after graduation, you already know that literature will be a part of your life. To prepare for that lifetime of reading, take some extra literature courses!

You like to think and write creatively, and you want to be a poet, fiction writer, or playwright—on top of whatever it is you end up doing for a living. Get started now with some creative-writing courses!

You want a career in law, public relations, education, politics, advertising, journalism, web marketing, or publishing—or something else. Whatever your profession, you know it will require you to think critically and write persuasively. Get that skill set ready by taking some advanced courses in writing and rhetoric!

You want to make a difference in your community and persuade others to help. You're going to need to develop your expertise in argumentative writing. Better head for the English Department!

One final possibility: You want to pass on your love for English by teaching young people to be careful readers and good writers. If this is your goal, you're going to need more than a minor. Double-major in education and English and get certified to teach in the public schools.

Check out our Tumblr for more ideas for "what to do with an english major or minor." (And don't miss our other social-media channels!)

How to minor in English

The English minor consists of four English courses numbered above 100. According to the LIU Brooklyn Undergraduate Bulletin, "Any minor satisfies the distribution requirement." That means no what your major is, you can earn a minor in English, and it will also satisfy your distribution requirement!

For more information about the English minor (or the English-major program), contact Wayne Berninger, the English Department's Undergraduate Advisor. To make your own appointment, use the app at wayneberninger.setster.com. Here is a short video showing how to use the app.

Transfer Credits

There are two ways to transfer credits from another institution to LIU Brooklyn.

1) If you are a transfer student, you may be able to transfer credits earned at another institution to LIU Brooklyn. Admissions may grant credit for some LIU Brooklyn courses. Other transfer credits may be listed as NE, which stands for "Not Equivalent." This simply means that based on the limited information appearing on your transcript, the Admissions Counselor is unable to tell whether those courses are equivalent to particular LIU Brooklyn courses.

If you have transfer credits marked NE, you should set up an appointment with the Department Chair of the respective department, and request that he/she evaluate the credits. Take with you a copy of the course description from your previous institution's catalog and, if possible, a copy of the course syllabus. If the Department Chair approves your request, he/she should write a memo to the appropriate Dean requesting that the transfer credits be accepted in lieu of particular LIU Brooklyn courses. The Dean, not the Department Chair, grants this permission and forwards a copy of the memo with his/her signature to the Registrar. Make sure you get a copy of the signed memo to keep, and give a copy to your advisor.

For evaluation of transfer credits in English, contact Wayne Berninger, the English Department's Undergraduate Advisor. To make your own appointment, use the app at wayneberninger.setster.com. Here is a short video showing how to use the app.

2) Matriculated students at LIU Brooklyn may also take courses at another institution and have credits transferred to LIU Brooklyn under the following conditions.

  • The other institution must be a four-year accredited institution (two-year community colleges are unacceptable.).
  • The institution must not be within a fifty-mile radius of LIU Brooklyn (except as noted).
  • Students may be permitted to take specialized courses not offered at LIU Brooklyn (e.g., Japanese, a course in Graham dance technique, Medieval stained glass windows).
  • Students are not permitted to take courses at another institution that are offered at LIU Brooklyn during the term requested or that will be offered during the student's expected matriculation at LIU Brooklyn.
  • Students must file an Application to Take Courses at Another Institution (available in the Dean's Office, M306) with the Registrar. Students must have the relevant Department Chair verify LIU Brooklyn equivalency and sign the form. The Dean must then grant permission.
  • Only credits for courses in which you earned C or better may be transferred back to LIU Brooklyn.

Non-Matriculating Students

Guidelines for Non-Matriculating Students Who Wish to Take an Undergraduate English Course

Restrictions for Taking an Undergraduate Course:

  • Cannot be an international student.
  • Cannot be a freshman.
  • Must have gone to college and have copy of transcript for those courses taken.
  • Cannot take restricted courses unless specifically authorized by instructor and department.
  • Not qualified for financial aid.

Process

  • Meet with undergraduate advisor.
  • Provide writing sample and any other documentation requested by course instructor and/or Chair of Department.
  • Get permission from course instructor (signs off on registration card).
  • Get written permission memo from Chair of Department (and signs off on registration card).
  • Go to Admissions to fill out application to take one undergraduate course as a "Brooklyn Visiting Student."
  • Admissions signs off and then the student may register for class at Registration Office.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Have a minimum overall grade-point high school average of 75% or higher
  • Submit a high school transcript 
  • Transfer students must present an overall grade-point average of 2.0
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission)

Submitting an Application

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or Apply Now. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website or call 718-488-1011.

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean