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OFFICE: Bradley Hall, Room 13, 516.572.7185

CHAIRPERSON: Bruce Urquhart,

FACULTY: E. Abele, M. Anzelone, S. Apostolidis, S. Ash, L. Badendyck, K. Ballerini, L. Badendyck, B. Barnard, F. Boodakian, L. Brett, G. Chapman, T. Collins, S. Cushman, T. D'Angelo, S. Davis, D. DeManuel, S. Drucker, D. Esposito, M. Estevez, C. Fagan, P. Falk, R. Finneran, B. Fruchter, C. Gebhardt, D. Ginsberg, J. Giordano, R. Hayman, E. Hegarty, S. Hosey, V. Hromulak, K. Jason, S. Kaebnick, A. King, M. Lannon, R. Lazaroff, K. Le Veness, R. Lieber, D. Litvak, Z. Liu, B. Lucas, H. Marcus, J. Marzan, J. Mastrototaro, M. McNair, W. Moeck, B. Moeck, R. Nazareth, R. Newman, M. Niemczyk, F. O'Connor, K. Okoampa-Ahoofe, T. Payne, D. Pecan, J. Pilaro, G. Pollio, P. Radecki, C. Rau, J. Rondell, P. Rosa, M. Rotando, J. Samuels, R. Santos, N. Saxena, A. Schopp, C. Schwertman, R. Shabazz, I. Shaw, J. Silverman, B. Smith, N. Spencer, R. Spinks, M. Steinman, W. Stepp, T. Strode, L. Sullivan, M. Susko, A. Tabachnikov, L. Tucker, P. Venkateswaran, E. Wheeler, T. Wood, J. Woods


The following curricula are offered by this Department:

The Creative Writing (A.A.) - The A. A. in Creative Writing provides students with knowledge and skills that will prepare them for a career in writing.  The curriculum is also appropriate for students continuing onto a four-year institution where they may complete a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Creative Writing.  

The English Department aims to improve students’ abilities in grammar, composition, creative writing, critical thinking, and their understanding and appreciation of literature. 

Composition and Writing as a Craft
Composition I focuses on essay writing, research, citation, and the critical analysis of texts. Three courses meet this requirement:

  • E NG 100 - Enhanced Composition I
  • E NG 101 - Composition I
  • E NG 108 - The Craft of Composition / Honors English I

Composition II/ Introduction to Literature further develops the study and practice in composition and citation by analyzing literary works. Two courses meet this requirement:

  • ENG 102 - Composition II
  • ENG 109 - The Art of Analysis / Honors English II

Additionally, students who seek to strengthen their grasp of language and writing in other ways can enroll in the following composition or creative writing electives:

Writing as a Craft

ENG 105 - Grammar: Structure and Strategy
ENG 111 - Technical Writing
ENG 115 - Creative Writing
ENG 116 - Play and Screen Writing
ENG 117 - Fiction Writing
ENG 118 - Poetry Writing
ENG 215 - Journalism

Future courses will include:
ENG 112 - Writing in the Sciences and
ENG 210 - Writing for Digital Media


Developmental and ESL Support
For students whose Placement Test indicates a need for a developmental course, the English Department offers ENG 001 (College Preparatory English). This course carries a 3-credit load but does not count in credits earned towards a degree. Students placed in this course must pass with a grade of Satisfactory (S) to enroll in credit-bearing Composition courses.

ENG 030 (English as a Second Language (ESL Writing III)) ESL prepares non-native speakers of English to complete the college-level writing required in a wide variety of degree and certificate programs.

Students concentrating in literary study who intend to transfer to a four-year college are advised to take up to four courses in literature from at least three of the following categories before graduating from NCC. Students may also choose one a composition or creative writing course from the “Writing as a Craft” category. Students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors in the department to explore which colleges and programs are the best fit for their interests, needs, and to consider the transfer requirements of specific schools’ programs.


Survey and Period

ENG 203 - Early American Literature to 1865
ENG 204 - Modern American Literature: 1865 to the Present
ENG 205 - Early English British Literature to 1800
ENG 206 - Modern British Literature from 1800 to 1950

Major Genre and Author

ENG 216 - Autobiographical Literature
ENG 220 - Mythology and Folklore
ENG 221 - Modern American Novel
ENG 230 - Modern British and American Drama
ENG 231 - Mystery and Detective Fiction
ENG 232 - Studies in Children's Literature
ENG 233 - Studies in Science Fiction
ENG 236 - The Literature of the Bible
ENG 251 - Film and Literature
ENG 252 - Shakespeare on Stage and Page
ENG 253 - Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
ENG 254 - Shakespeare's Tragedies
ENG 263 - The Modern American Short Story
ENG 265 - Modern American Poetry
ENG 267 - Satire
ENG 298 - Comedy: Theory and Development

Conventions of the Discipline

ENG 105 - Grammar: Structure and Strategy
ENG 225 - Introduction to Linguistics and Semantics I
ENG 271 - Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature

Literature and Identity

ENG 207 - African American Literature I
ENG 208 - African American Literature II
ENG 209 - Modern Irish Literature
ENG 219 - Jewish Literature
ENG 222 - Latin American Literature
ENG 223 - Masterworks of Literature I
ENG 224 - Masterworks of Literature II
ENG 227 - South Asian Literature
ENG 228 - Asian American Literature
ENG 229 - Native American Literature
ENG 243 - GLBTQ Literature
ENG 247 - Women in Literature
ENG 248 - Women Writers
ENG 261 - Literature of the Holocaust
ENG 281 - Nature in Literature

The Creative Writing Project
After successfully completing ENG 102 (Composition II) or its honors counterpart ENG 109 (The Art of Analysis / Honors English II) requirement, students may pursue their creative writing interest in the following courses: 

Writing Center
The English Department's Writing Center is open to NCC students of all levels interested in improving their writing in any discipline. Faculty members offer individualized and group instruction in expository and creative writing, research and documentation, and basic grammar and usage. ESL students receive assistance in language development and learning. Tutoring can also take place at a networked computer or online by e-mail. In addition, students are welcome to use the Department's PC lab for word processing and internet research.

Scholarships in the English Department
Seven scholarships specific to the English Department are available to students transferring to a four-year college. 

Take English
English is a desirable major concentration of undergraduate study for education, law, publishing, advertising and public relations, government service, journalism, creative writing, and other language-related fields. English is usefully combined as a minor concentration with premedical and other science-related fields.