Faculty: S. Jensen (Chair), C. Parsons
The Department of English houses four majors: English , Creative Writing , Integrated Language Arts and Professional Writing and Editing ; and three minors: English , Creative Writing , and Professional Writing and Editing .
Language - read or written, spoken or unspoken - is among the most basic elements of our humanity. Through it we establish community, come to self-understanding, and seek divine revelation. Our students are provided many opportunities to develop their creative, interpretative, and linguistic skills. But above all, we pursue the study of language, literature, and writing because we are convinced that in cultivating our imaginations, in contemplating the world and our places within it, we please God insofar as it helps us become more fully, more realistically, human.
Students in the English , Creative Writing , and Professional Writing and Editing majors enter a variety of careers, particularly those valuing creativity, writing and communication skills, and critical thinking. Some graduates go directly into business, non-profit organizations, and government, while others pursue graduate degrees in law, ministry, or the humanities. The Integrated Language Arts (ILA) major prepares students for teaching in grades 7-12. Minors in English , Creative Writing , and Professional Writing and Editing provide personal enrichment and the development of language skills that complement a variety of academic programs and career aspirations.
In the Department of English we cultivate the gifts of language and story. These gifts are close to the heart of our humanity; they are tools by which we process our own experiences, understand other people and other cultures, hear God’s word, and act within the world each day. By helping students grow in their facility with language and literature, we prepare them for thoughtful and effective lives, better serving Christ’s kingdom in the communities where they live, worship, and work.
English Studies Goals and Learning Outcomes
Goal: Become a reader. Study canonical and contemporary works of literature; gain facility in reading with both greater attention and pleasure. Learn to value literary and intellectual history and to attune oneself to truthfulness in everything that is read.
Outcomes: As a reader, a graduate of the English program should be able to:
- Demonstrate range and competence as a literary reader: Be conversant with a broad cross-section of British, American and non-Western literatures and show an understanding of the interplay among form, history and culture, authorial innovation, and literary tradition at work in the creation of literary works.
- Demonstrate proficiency with a variety of ways of responding to written texts: Recognize how the collaborative processes of interpretation and response can yield critical insight and spawn creative work.
Goal: Become a writer. Gain confidence in one’s ability to employ language that achieves the desired purpose with cogency, force, and precision. Know how to write for exploration, for artistic, and for practical ends. Experience the creative process and come to enjoy the difficulty and reward of writing well.
Outcomes: As a writer, a graduate of the English program should be able to:
- Demonstrate rhetorical effectiveness across multiple situations and discourses, whether critical, exploratory, professional, or creative.
- Demonstrate the skills of an independent writer: Engage multiple voices, generate ideas, organize research, experiment with form and style, and revise effectively.
Goal: Become a more thoughtful person. Strive to better understand, to ask good questions with openness to and respect for divergent points of view. Desire to be a person who seeks-through study and meditation, through conversation and action-to challenge the self and know the world.
Outcomes: As a thoughtful person, a graduate of the English program should be able to:
- Assess personal growth as a reader and writer: Reflect upon classroom experiences, personal reading, extracurricular, and professional activities; and consider how these experiences are shaping current and future character development.
- Explore complex issues with increasing maturity and clarity, integrating academic ideas and critical perspectives into individual thinking.
Goal: Be a person of commitment. Practice intelligent belief, and discover how the liberal arts can inform, widen, and strengthen personal faith. Live and work with integrity.
Outcomes: As a person of commitment, a graduate of the English program should be able to:
- Develop a niche within the department and campus community: Reflect upon the ways this work, service, and play intersects with coursework and contributes to the overall educational experience.
- Document experiences-both curricular and co-curricular-where personal faith has been challenged, informed, or tested in ways ultimately fruitful for both conceptual understandings and practice.
University Writers Series
The University Writers Series brings accomplished writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to campus each semester to read from their work or work-in-progress and as often as possible to conduct workshops on elements of craft. Through the Writers Series Seminar (ENG 325 ) students read the works of visiting writers and have opportunities to meet with them.
The Writing Center @ Malone trains and employs departmental majors to help fellow students with their writing. Majors who serve in the center develop teaching and communication skills and may find their own writing skills advancing as well.
Literary Publications and Student Organizations
The Student Writers Guild is a student-led cooperative, which publishes The Quaker, a national undergraduate literary review. The guild also organizes social and writerly activities for Malone’s student writers.
Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society in English. The Malone University chapter, Alpha Ro Iota, organizes social events, outings to theater performances, and community service.
Each spring the Creative Writing Program sponsors a University-wide writing contest with nationally known authors judging entries in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Internships and Study Abroad
Many of our students pursue off-campus academic and professional experiences. Many Off-Campus and Study Abroad Opportunities exist for students to explore, and the department assists interested students in finding local internship positions in fields aligned with their interests.
Festivals and Conferences
Many opportunities exist for students to travel to local and regional conferences. Trips are regularly planned to the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing and to see plays, films, and literary readings around the region.
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