English and Speech

The Disquieting Muses, Giorgio de Chirico, 1927
The Disquieting Muses, Giorgio de Chirico, 1917


As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.  -Toni Morrison

An ability to communicate well is important to professional activities, but is at heart human and comes first and foremost from reading inspired works that free minds to dream, even before thinking. As the Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky, saw it: Shakespeare and Raphael are prior to boots and bread. The Division of English and Speech, within The Collins College of Professional Studies, sees that imaginative play leads to innovative and productive work

Our division is home to the Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts wherein an additional referred Liberal Studies (LST) Program helps match undeclared students to majors; a Liberal Arts Associate of Arts; and an exciting Popular Culture minor.

Division courses—taught by a talented mix of faculty with liberal arts and professional educations—include a variety of core and Honors English and Speech offerings such as Literature in a Global Context and Public Speaking as well as Introduction to Pop Culture, Effective Business Writing, and unique electives: Creative Writing; Writing about Music; Literature in Sport; Literature of Satire; Fantasy in Fiction; Tragedy and Comedy; Multi-cultural Contemporary Poetry; Harlem Renaissance; and Novels of Toni Morrison.

The Division supports as fundamental, then, all of the CCPS programs. Developing the intellectual and communication skills of those students enrolled in its core courses and professional studies, this student-centered approach has led to the development of courses, syllabi, and creative strategies which enrich and ennoble the life of our College and its professional majors.


General Information

Kathleen Marks, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Chair, English and Speech
Director, Liberal Studies
St. John’s University
Collins College of Professional Studies
St. Augustine Hall 2-006
[email protected]
(718) 990-7473

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