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Writing and Cultural Studies

Write Your Future

The Department of Writing and Cultural Studies located on the Pleasantville Campus offers students a unique opportunity—to attend college in the historic Hudson Valley, a region known for its rich history of art, and explore New York City, a locale that has inspired countless poets, writers, scholars, and activists.

Students enjoy small classes and mentoring from faculty with strong records in scholarly publishing, creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Majors present scholarly work at academic conferences, enjoy writing for campus publications, and take advantage of department literary, cultural, and social events. Through an emphasis on community and collaboration, both on our campus and beyond, students are supported to write their future. 

Flexibility is Our Focus

Our course offerings, curricular design, and individualized, student-centered approach to teaching, learning, and mentorship encourage students to take creative risks, experiment with style and form, generate new ideas, and challenge convention with the goal of cultivating and amplifying their own distinctive voices. This dynamic approach offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that foregrounds cultural studies to explore critical and creative disciplines in innovative and experiential ways that values academic freedom and flexibility through diverse learning opportunities.

A Community of Writers

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Department of Writing and Cultural Studies, with a variety of unique opportunities to complement your academic program. In addition to a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honors society of English studies, the department offers study abroad experiences to Costa Rica and Greece, and co-curricular activities such as the arts and literary journal, CHROMA, media channel, Saturated, and a slate of cultural events. Through faculty mentorship, students also have the opportunity to publish their work in professional journals and at regional, national, and international conferences.

Writers across any genre have the opportunity to have their work published in the premiere Pleasantville publications CHROMA and Saturated.

Students within the Writing and Cultural Studies department have found themselves studying across the globe in Greece, England, and Costa Rica.


Associate Professor
Department Chairperson
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Writing and Cultural Studies