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Balakian Wins Pulitzer
Balakian Wins Pulitzer
Professor Peter Balakian was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal. PULITZER PRIZE
Fineman '70 Named HuffPost Global Editor
Fineman '70 Named HuffPost Global Editor
Howard Fineman '70 has been appointed global editorial director at the Huffington Post. FULL ARTICLE: Alumnus named HuffPost Global Editor
Poetry & Memory
Poetry & Memory
English professor Peter Balakian unpacks, among other things, how language can, in his words, “ingest” the violence of history. READ MORE: Poetry and Memory
Academic Program in English
Academic Program in English
Our academic program will challenge and engage your knowledge, skills, interests, and desire to learn.  READ MORE: Academic Program in English
London English Study Group
London English Study Group
We encourage you to enhance your education by studying abroad, and even offer an English-specific study group to London.  READ MORE about the English study group in London
English study at Colgate unlocks rich opportunities for you to pursue programs involving creative work in conjunction with rigorous training in verbal analysis and interpretation.

About the English Department

Major and minor programs of study are available in English with the opportunity to emphasize literature or creative writing. There is also the opportunity to minor in literary study or creative writing.

As one of Colgate's largest departments in both faculty and the number of majors, we are able to offer decidedly rich opportunities for study. In particular, we focus on two closely related areas: We also offer some very distinctive opportunities such as the London English study group and the Living Writers series.

Success after Colgate

Alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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Chair: Constance Harsh
Administrative assistant: Tess Jones (
Office: 300 Lathrop Hall
Phone: 315-228-7262
Dept. Fax: 315-693-1153
Department of English
Colgate University
Lathrop Hall
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346