English

English

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, business processes for academic departments will be addressed remotely. While most staff are not on campus, we are eager and available to help. For assistance with English Department processes by phone, please call 718.518 6600 and leave a message. For assistance via email, please send messages to Shalema Averett-Hunt at saverett-hunt@hostos.cuny.edu and Arisbel Marte at amarte@hostos.cuny.edu. Between the hours of 9am-5pm, your calls and messages will be returned within the hour. If you do not receive a response within the hour, please call the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) to report your concern. OAA staff can be reached at 718.518.6660.


Welcome to the English Department!
 

Mission

 
The English program is designed to enable student to use written and spoken English as a flexible, creative tool to express ideas and to improve their facility with written and spoken language. Emphasis is given to the essentials of English, the nature of the language, writing as communication, and imaginative literature as a vitalizing and humanizing experience.
 
By providing all students with a solid grounding in reading, composition, and critical thinking, English Department courses help students to achieve college level proficiency by enabling them to use language as a tool for expressing ideas; to think analytically and creatively in academic and career contexts; and to read literature with sensitivity and enjoyment.
 
The specific goals of the English Department are threefold: first, to further develop students’ language and literary skills; second, to give students a liberal arts perspective through the offering of electives; and third, to contribute to the transfer process by offering courses accredited in other institutions. Students are required to demonstrate their achievement of course objectives through essays, research assignments, and other measures of assessment.