• English - Richard Blanco

    Richard Blanco visited the English department to offer a master class and read from his recent work. Blanco is the author of several books of poetry, including Boston Strong, Looking for the Gulf Motel, and Directions to the Beach of the Dead and was the featured poet at President Obama's second inauguration.

Program Offerings

The English program provides a bridge between the written word and the human experience. Our students hone their ability to read situations and people, employ critical and creative thinking, and develop clear and persuasive communications skills. Flexibility in thought and perspective is in great demand in today's world, and English majors consistently are able to adapt to careers involving complex thought and implementation.


  • B.A. in English

    1. Students develop a close-knit learning community taught by dedicated and accomplished faculty.
    2. Specializations in English studies, literary studies and writing studies.
    3. The English program regularly invites top-name poets and writers to campus. Speakers have included Gwendolyn Brooks; Poet Laureate Donald Hall; and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.
    4. Easy access to plays, museums, and other cultural activities in New York City.
    5. English faculty frequently sponsor short-term study abroad opportunities in England, France, and Italy.
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  • Minor in English


English majors lead rich, interesting lives by exploring the world of ideas through the study of great fiction, poetry, drama, and essays.  By exploring both classic and contemporary masterpieces, English majors grapple with the essential questions of human values, aspirations, and wisdom.

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Our graduates are prepared for ongoing engagement with critical theory and a thinking life.  The ability to read closely and express oneself eloquently are excellent benefits of an English degree.  Many of our graduates attend graduate school, and some find an English degree perfect preparation for law school.

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Student Stories

Alexandra Rojas

2015, English and Spanish

"CSE has brought me closer to becoming the person that I truly want to be - a leader, a loving friend and daughter, and a hardworking student."

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Lisa Mastrangelo

Dr. Lisa Mastrangelo recently published Writing a Progressive Past: Women Teaching and Writing in the Progressive Era (Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2012).

Contact Information

John Marlin, Ph.D.
Program Chair

Phone: (973) 290-4316
Email: jmarlin@cse.edu
Office: Santa Maria Hall, 10C