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English Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Flexible / Creative / Career

Meet Alina Walentowicz. English major. Class of 2015.

Portrait of Alina WalentowiczNow the public relations specialist for the North Country Chamber of Commerce, Alina handles all aspects of digital promotion for tourism in Northern New York. Pretty cool.

Alina was a double major in English Literature and Writing Arts. The department also offers a third major: ELA (Teaching).

We think Alina is a pretty good example of some of the things you’ll love about studying English here:

1. Flexibility:
The English major gives you the freedom to do what you want: with three majors to choose from, you can grow in all sorts of ways. You can even get a master’s degree and public school certification while honing your writing skills.

2. Creative:
Novelists, poets, memoirists. Take your pick. You’ll be in small workshops with amazing writers and teachers.

3. Career:
Students in our literature program have gone on to careers in law, PR, business, and grad school. Our writing arts grads publish their own books and work in the publishing industry.

Plus, there are internships, publishing practicums, and student teaching opportunities to help you along the way. We also have professional writing classes, which means our classes give real world experience. And the department helps to run a Film minor and co-sponsors an international film festival.

Whatever you choose, it’s flexible, it’s creative, it’s career-oriented.

Be Smart. Be like Alina… or be like Juan. Or just be you :)


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
Email: [email protected]