Located in the heart of Manhattan, at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, the Department of English offers courses in British and American literature, composition and rhetoric, language and linguistics and creative writing to students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We serve the college with Freshman Expository Writing and Introduction to Writing About Literature as well as with courses that fulfill GER and Pathways requirements, teaching approximately 6,000 Hunter students each semester.
Our 1,200 English majors and over 200 graduate students benefit from an intellectual vision that embraces courses and research in current, innovative, interdisciplinary, traditional and evolving fields taught by part-time and full-time faculty who are experts in their fields. The Department prides itself on a philosophy that advocates reading and writing from multiple perspectives, so that students are exposed to as many interpretive approaches as possible. Literary theory, cultural studies, and close reading as well as composition and rhetoric, and linguistics and language studies exist comfortably alongside one another.
As our course offerings focus from Chaucer to Toni Morrison and from the History of the English Language to Rhetorical Principles of Expository Writing show, we teach from diverse theoretical, cultural, rhetorical and textual perspectives. We teach everything considered "canonical" and we also teach courses considered "non-canonical" or "non-traditional," and, in fact, we pride ourselves on the importance we assign to this balance. The Department is interdisciplinary in its offerings, with a diverse faculty whose areas of research and approaches to teaching offer Hunter students a wide spectrum of historical, post-modern, theoretical, textual, and socio-cultural approaches to literary study, rhetoric and composition, linguistics and language, and creative writing.