BA in English

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The department of English and Modern Language Studies on the Pleasantville campus offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, English and Communications, and Film and Screen Studies. Minors are offered in, English, Creative Writing, Film and Screen Studies, Women & Gender Studies, French Studies, Italian, Italian Studies and Spanish.

Qualified students may take advantage of the following combined degree programs: BA in English/Master of Science (MS) in Publishing, BA in English/Law, Juris Doctor (JD) or BA in English/MST in Adolescent Education.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BA in English

This degree prepares students for careers in many fields. Our English majors graduate with the analytical and communications skills that prepare them for rewarding and successful careers in publishing, public relations, human resources, education, communications, and in government and the not-for-profit sectors. English is also a strong foundation for graduate study and is a highly regarded background for the study of law and for other professions.

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Small class sizes, indepen­dent study options, international travel and study abroad, civic engagement and rewarding internships prepare our majors to succeed in any career they choose.

In addition to a rich classroom experience, students can gain editorial experience or publish in VOX, our undergraduate literary magazine. They can also gain hands-on experience working on The Pace Chronicle, Pace’s undergraduate student newspaper.


The combined degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science for Teachers (MST) in Adolescent Education. At the graduate level, candidates fulfill the educational requirements for the initial professional certificates in English.

Students in the undergraduate English major may apply for the combined English, BA/Publishing, MS, which enables them to complete both degrees in five years.

Students in the undergraduate English major may apply for the combined English, BA/Law, JD, which enables them to complete both degrees in 6 years.

Dyson's Innovative Scholarly Faculty

Students will be guided by outstanding faculty who are scholars, editors, and well-regarded creative writers. Our faculty’s recent scholarly activity is as follows:

Dr. Nick Catalano’s A New Yorker at Sea (2012) is a semi-autobiographical novel in which Joe Pisano, a college professor, circumnavigates the globe on a 52-foot yacht.

Dr. Jane Collins is currently working with a student on an Independent Study titled “Gaming as Literature: Assessing the Literary Value of Modern Digital Storytelling.”

Dr. Rebecca Martin’s Critical Insights: Crime and Detective Fiction, a collection of 12 essays covering crime writing on a global scale, was published in 2013.

Dr. Deborah Poe and Dr. Ama Wattley co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Fiction and Criticism, an anthology of fiction and criticism. Dr. Poe’s novella in verse, Hélène, was published in 2012, and her third full-length poetry collection, the last will be stone, too, was published in 2013.

Dr. Dorothee Von Huene Greenberg’s article “Moses Pierce: Westchester’s Friend of Freedom” took up an entire issue of the Westchester Historian.


We strongly encourage our majors to take advantage of our internship program. Recent internship placements include the MTV Networks, ABC Networks, the Hudson Stage Company, Westchester Magazine, and the Northern Westchester Women’s Shelter.