In the SUNY Erie English department, students will be introduced to the power of literature and the English language, with a quality learning experience that features small classes and dedicated advisors and teachers. Students will develop enhanced written and oral communication skills that enable them to express themselves effectively in the classroom and beyond - as learners, professionals, jobholders, and citizens. Students will complete their SUNY General Education requirements, earning an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with credits relevant to the SUNY transfer paths for a continued education and seamless transfer into an English Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program at a four-year college.
With a wide range of courses to choose from, students will be prepared in areas of English composition, critical thinking, literary theory and general literature. This preparation will result in marketable professional skills allowing for direct entry into the workforce, with job opportunities such as Tutoring, Research Assistant, Administrative positions, Digital Copywriter, Editorial Assistant, Magazine or Newspaper Journalist, Publishing Copy-Editor/Proofreader, Grant Writing, and Web Content Manager.
At the conclusion of this program, students will have been exposed to a variety of writing styles, gained analytical skills, developed a confident knowledge of research methods, improved the effectiveness of their oral and written communication methods, as well as have a broad base of knowledge on general literary history, and well-respected, culturally diverse works of literature. If a consistent full-time course schedule is maintained, students can complete the SUNY curriculum requirements with flexibility in the second year to choose courses geared toward career tracks such as English Education, Business, Communications and Media, Advertising, Journalism, Law, Publishing, Technical Writing, Marketing, and more.