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English at Queensborough is about opening up new ways of thinking and knowing-new possibilities that will make a difference in your life. Students have the opportunity to work closely with the English Department's dedicated faculty members, experts in literary and cultural analysis, creative writing and writing pedagogy. Our faculty members are active scholars of literary history of contemporary popular culture, gender studies, and film studies. Faculty publish regularly in national academic, journalistic, and creative venues. Informed by this scholarly and artistic work, our goal is to help students develop key academic literacies necessary for success in college and beyond.

In addition to taking innovative English courses, students have the opportunity to seek advisement in the English concentration as they progress towards their degree. Faculty counsel students as they consider their undergraduate major and career opportunities presented by the study of English at Queensborough. Several activities and clubs are also housed within the English Department and students can work closely with faculty and their fellow students in the Communiqué Student Newspaper, Queer Culture Club, Muslim Student Association, Creative Writing Club & student publications, QCC Film Club, and several others.

In order to assist faculty and students in distance learning, the English department is offering technical support sessions everyday in Blackboard Collaborate. For questions, please join a session. 

Join Tech support session. Call: +1-571-392-7650; PIN: 750 273 7884

Student Help

Trying to determine which types of courses are best for you? Watch this video about the difference between asynchronous and synchronous courses:

The syllabus is your road map for the semester in your classes. Watch this video to get a better understanding of what a syllabus is and how to decipher some of these long documents:

Blackboard is an essential tool that all QCC students will have to use. Watch this video to get a sense of all the functions on the front page of Blackboard:

You will have to email professors and staff at the college. Watch this video to get all the essential information you need to write the best emails:

The library and writing tutors in the Center for Tutoring and Academic Services can support you throughout the semester. Watch this video to learn more about how to navigate these websites and get the help you need:

For your courses you will have to purchase textbooks! Watch this video to learn more about how to find some important information regarding your books so you purchase the right ones: ​

Contact Us

Department of English
Humanities Building, Room H 428 and H 324, Queensborough Community College (CUNY)
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364
Tel: (718) 631-6302; Fax: (718) 631-6637

Chairperson: Margot Edlin
Co-Deputy Chairperson: Kathleen Alves
Co-Deputy Chairperson: Ilse Schrynemakers

Office Personnel:
Margaret Chin Quee, CUNY Office Assistant
Rosita Saldivar, CUNY Office Assistant


College Assistants:
Janely Coindet 


About the English Department

The Mission of the English Department at Queensborough Community College is to support students as they become effective writers, readers, and critical thinkers.  The Department offers a wide range of courses including composition, literature, film, creative writing, and journalism to foster intellectual engagement and academic success.

English Department Goals

1. To foster critical reading, writing, and thinking in support of students’ academic and professional goals by offering academically rigorous English courses.
2. To participate in university and college initiatives, student mentoring, and faculty collaborations with other academic departments and programs to build campus community and support diversity.
3. To encourage, mentor, and support faculty as teachers, scholars, writers, and members of an academic community.
4. To develop and implement processes and practices that effectively assess student learning outcomes and align with the college’s mission and goals.

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.