English Department Information
English Department Website: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/english/
English Department Faculty: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/english/faculty.aspx
Professional and Technical Writing: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/english/technical-writing-bs.aspx
Professional and Technical Writing Connect Days page: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/connect-days-professional-and-technical-writing/
Welcome from the Chair
English Department Chair: Robert Leston
Meet the Chair: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/english/chairperson.aspx
The English Department offers courses in developmental reading and writing, ESOL, and intermediate and advanced courses in literature and writing. Topics include gender and identity, humor, rhetorical analysis, writing in the workplace, creative writing, digital storytelling, cinema, and much more.
In addition, the English department houses a number of different programs. These include Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and First-Year Writing.
The City Tech First-Year Writing Program is a robust, genre and rhetorical-based curriculum whose mission is to provide students with the opportunity to learn the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to understand and assess the writing contexts of new situations. This emphasis on being able to assess a new situation and adapt to it is consistent with the mission of the College which provides an emphasis on place-based learning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to hone one’s own capacity to learn and adapt.
The English Department also houses a program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, an interdisciplinary cluster of courses that explores issues of gender and sexuality from various perspectives. Students can take courses that focus on humanity, sexuality and sexual orientation, studies in gender identity/roles, representations of genders in literature and film, among other course themes.
The English Department also has a major in Professional and Technical Writing. More info on this major can be found on the Degrees page.
#1: Nearly all students entering City Tech take an introductory course in English during their first and second semester. And yes, though they may be required, they are often fun!
- Students taking Composition I and Composition II learn essential writing skills and are introduced to college writing expectations, which will help you do well in your classes in all subjects. Instructors are trained to help you develop your unique voice in addition to learning how to articulate your ideas and opinions. These courses fall under the umbrella of the City Tech First-Year Writing Program.
- Students in Developmental Writing courses learn the rudiments of grammar and writing in addition to learning skills for Composition. Currently, most courses in Developmental Writing are taught in combination with Composition I.
#2: The English Department offers online tutoring and writing assessment through the new City Tech Writing Center.
#3: There are more ways to develop your skills in writing and to deepen your exploration of literature through focused study paths in the English Department.
- If you loved reading in high school or in other college courses, the English Department allows you to explore, read critically, and learn to discuss focused topics in literature including Gothic Fiction, Science Fiction, and Illness and Care.
- If you want to try your hand and creating your own work, there are an expanding number of classes in Creative Writing, including Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry, and Writing For Stage and Screen.
#4: The English Department hosts numerous events for students including a Literary Arts Festival and Writing Competition, a reading by student writers published in City Tech Writer, and a Science Fiction Festival.