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English Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Learn What You Love


If you’ve reached this web site on purpose, chances are you already enjoy reading or writing. But why read and write in the English Program at SUNY Plattsburgh?

Two words: great professors.

Our faculty will get to know you. As a student in the English program at SUNY Plattsburgh, you will benefit from small classes and personal attention from your professors. And with over 27 books published as well as countless poems, short stories, plays, articles, and reviews, our faculty will challenge you as well as work with you to realize your potential.

We Will Help to Make You a Better Writer

Our faculty are terrific teachers: men and women committed not just to their excellence, but to yours. Chaired by a Distinguished Professor of Teaching, the English Department at SUNY Plattsburgh boasts a second SUNY Distinguished Professor, and the winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2006. In other words, we can make you a better writer, reader, and thinker — the three most widely marketable skills you can learn anywhere.

It’s no secret that English is the preferred major among employers nationwide, and an English major is a popular, successful starting point not just for writers, editors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and librarians, but for careers in law, politics, business, teaching, administration, counseling, and public relations.

So Go Ahead: Learn What You Love

Dive into science fiction with Tom Morrissey, Distinguished Teaching Professor and a reviewer for Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation — and start your major in Literature.

Learn the art of the memoir with Elizabeth Cohen, one of Barnes and Noble’s Great New Writers, and be on your way to an English writing major.

Revel in children’s literature with Elaine Ostry, author of Social Dreaming: Dickens and the Fairy Tale while you prepare for a career in teaching.

Whether you’re a budding writer, an aspiring teacher, or just someone who loves to read, the English program at SUNY Plattsburgh is the ideal place to hone your craft and pursue your dreams.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about English programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Genie Babb, Chair

Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D. Brown University
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 203
Phone: (518) 564-5230