Department of English
Binghamton University is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York, one of the largest systems of public higher education in the United States. The university has a strong commitment to academic and research excellence, and the department has an excellent national reputation — its smaller size allows individual attention to students, and it is consistently ranked among the top public institutions in the country.
The Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric offers students the opportunity to study literature and language in their many manifestations. Although English and American literature and the practice of creative and expository writing are primary, the department conceives of neither literature nor writing in a narrow or parochial way. Literature courses deal broadly with genres and themes from the past and present, and teach students how to read and analyze texts; creative writing courses foster, in qualified students, the development of serious creativity; rhetoric courses deal with both the theory and practice of communication, as well as the history of oral and written argument.