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English BA/School Librarianship MS

(HEGIS: 15.01 ENGLISH- GENERAL, CIP: 23.0101 English Language and Literature, General)

Department of English

306 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

William Solomon, Professor

Walter Hakala, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Information Science

534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020

Professor Dan Albertson
Professor, Department Chair

Mary Jo Sicurella
Academic Advisor

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Travis Eisele
Academic Advisor

Why study English BA/School Librarianship MS at UB?

The English Education program is an accelerated, combined degree that leads to an English BA and School Librarianship MS in five years.

The coursework in the first three years of the English BA program will provide deep knowledge of literature making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the profession.
The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of literature as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a 40-day student teaching practicum that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher librarian. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the school library prepares students to enter the profession with expertise and confidence.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Think, read, speak, and above all write critically and creatively.
  • Be able to read in detail and in cultural context.
  • Understand critical methods and theoretical concepts.
  • Gain an understanding of periods and genres.
  • Develop ability to articulate an idea lucidly and persuasively in writing.
  • Develop skills for doing research and deploying evidence appropriately.
  • Appreciate aesthetic experience.
  • Gain an understanding of the ever-changing role and educational impacts that school libraries have on preK-12 students.
  • Be able to collaborate with teachers, administrators, community agencies and parents/guardians.
  • Provide an appropriate learning environment for all students.
  • Be able to self-evaluate and reflect.

The Learning Environment

The central mission of the English department is to offer students a unique learning experience that features small classes, lively discussion with their fellow students, and close working relationships with faculty members. Our curriculum provides opportunities to discover literature and cinema from around the world, to develop as creative writers, and to practice the craft of journalism. In classes of every size (from large lecture courses to seminars, workshops, independent studies, and senior thesis projects), at all levels of instruction, whether in the classroom or remote, our goal is to foster the individual growth of our students as readers and writers through critical thinking, class discussion, exploration and experimentation.

Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. The Information Science Department, which is accredited by the American Library Association, offers classes that are fully remote.

About Our Facilities

The home of the English Department is Clemens Hall, where students come to meet with faculty advisors and mentors during office hours. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled spaces throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that are amenable to our program’s teaching goals.

About Our Faculty

The English Department has been consistently ranked in the top thirty English departments in the United States. The faculty consists of nationally and internationally prominent scholars and writers who also take teaching very seriously, including six faculty members who have won the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching or have been made Distinguished Teaching Professors. Their interests range from early modern literature to postmodernism and include cultural studies, postcolonialism, psychoanalytic theory, film, gender and sexuality studies, visual studies, poetics, Marxism, documentary, African-American literature, ecocriticism, mythology and much more.

Each semester, the department also offers courses taught by approximately 60 teaching assistants and 20 adjunct instructors.

We welcome students to meet with the director of undergraduate studies (303 Clemens Hall, 716-645-2579) to discuss any aspect of our program (individual courses, major requirements, study abroad, grants, internships, and more).

The Department of Information Science is devoted to education, library and informational professionals. Our faculty members are experts in their fields of study and are engaged in research that impacts and changes our communities. 

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the English department website and Department of Information Science for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the program will find their undergraduate studies complemented with focused graduate coursework in Information and Library Science (ILS). The two degrees together will provide the necessary coursework and preparation for new professionals entering the Information and Library Science profession. Graduates of a combined degree program will be competitive for jobs in places like academic libraries, archives, and other public institutions where a master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program, along with domain knowledge in English, would be desirable or even required for many positions. Further, students have the ability to study in specialized areas at the graduate level, such as archives and special collections, academic librarianship, public librarianship, digital humanities, among others.

Academic Advising

New English majors, whether transfer students or continuing students, are invited to schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss in more detail both the requirements of the major and their individual course of study.

Students should normally complete or be waived from the university writing skills requirement (ENG 101 and ENG 201 in the old General Education curriculum, ENG 105 and a CL2 course in the new curriculum) before registering for courses numbered 202 and above. However, English majors and minors may also be simultaneously enrolled in the university writing requirement courses when taking their first courses in the department.

Students considering this program are encouraged to talk with the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Information Science advisor as well at the earliest opportunity. Advisement meetings can be scheduled face to face or virtually. 

Academic Advising Contact Information

To schedule an appointment with the director of undergraduate studies, please call the English Undergraduate office, 716-645-2579, or visit us in 303 Clemens Hall. To schedule an appointment with Mary Jo Sicurella in the Graduate School of Education, please phone 716-645-1483 or email

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in the English department may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of funding sources, including:

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:22