Special Announcement

The Writing Center has resumed its online tutoring services.

For full details, including the schedule, click on the link below.

Writing Center online tutoring schedule.


Winter / Spring / Summer 2021 Information Packet for English Majors

If  you need an accessible version of this document, please contact:
Professor Christina Tortora (Deputy Chair of English), email christina.tortora@csi.cuny.edu, phone number 718-982-3659

English Department Overview

Welcome to the English Department at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York! English is one of the largest and most diverse departments at the College, and also houses the Writing Program, the Writing Center, and the Speech Laboratory. English faculty members contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and they teach courses on a wide variety of topics - from Coming of Age Narratives, Journalism, and Shakespeare, to syntactic theory, phonetics, sociolinguistics, and more.

View all courses in College Catalog

Programs in this department

The department offers the Bachelor's degree in English, with options in Literature, Writing, Linguistics, and Dramatic Literature; minors in Literature, Writing, Linguistics, and Speech Language Pathology; and the Master's degree. The department also offers non-credit courses in reading and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English.

The Writing Center

Basic Services and Goals

The Writing Center, under the direction of the English Department, assists students in improving their reading and writing skills in all subject areas. Our tutors do this by providing students with meaningful feedback and engaging them in discussion aimed at helping the students fulfill their potential through a better understanding of course requirements, assignments and readings.

Primary Modes of Tutoring

To meet these goals, we offer two primary modes of tutoring.

Students with regularly scheduled appointments meet for one 45-minute session per week with a designated tutor.

During designated drop-in hours, students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Services Offered

  • Conversation groups for ESL students
  • Workshops in writing fundamentals, during which the focus is on grammar, punctuation, formatting and the like

If you wish to file an application for regularly scheduled weekly tutoring, stop by to see us in 2S-216.

If you have questions or require further information, feel free to call us @ 718.982.3635.


English Department Faculty and Staff