Major Areas of Study: ENGLISH
The English program at Muskingum University centers on the study of the English language, its characteristics as a language and the forms of writing based on it. The English department is concerned with two related though separable subjects: (1) the English language--including structure, grammar and syntax and the principles and practices of good writing; and (2) the literature that has been achieved in the English language.
Students are encouraged to do internships in journalism, publishing, public relations, and other fields related to English and writing.
Students may research a literary topic and submit their work to national or local conferences. Muskingum students have presented papers at both the Sigma Tau Delta (see below) and CEAO (College English Association of Ohio) conferences.
Qualified Muskingum University English majors may join Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Muskingum's is one of the oldest chapters in the nation and recently celebrated 75 years of membership.
First Circle, a magazine dedicated to literature and the arts, is an annual student publication of Muskingum University, publishing the work of students, faculty, alumni, and others. First Circle, the organization, sponsors related campus events throughout the school year.
The Muscoljuan is Muskingum University's yearbook. It is one of the oldest continuously published college annuals in the country, and it recently published its 100th year edition. When it started in 1906, the juniors created the yearbook, so it was named Muscoljuan. This is an acronym forMus/kingum Col/lege Ju/nior An/nual.
The Muscoljuan offers paid staff positions or academic credit for those who want to be involved. English 213, Design Practicum, offers one hour of credit for helping with designing the pages, and English 217, Writing Practicum, offers one hour of credit for writing for the yearbook. Each of these classes can be taken up to three times.
- Kayla Custer ('14) works at Williams Lea law office as an Expense Clerk/Proofreader and also does website management for Thoburn United Methodist Church. She will be starting courses for a Masters in Teaching during the 2015-16 school year at Muskingum.
- Jordan Estose ('14) works at a law firm in downtown Columbus, a legal solutions branch of a bigger umbrella company that provides other services in addition to law. Jordan manages and maintains all the printing equipment. He also works with the Actor’s Theatre of Columbus, and he is considering graduate studies at Ohio Dominican University.
- Jamie Berilla-Macdonald ('13) earned a Masters in Literature at Cleveland State University (2015). She now teaches composition at Lake Erie College.
- Adrian Matthews ('10) joined Intern Latin America, studying
Spanish in Medellin, Colombia, and volunteering with FIFA to help stage the
Under-20 World Cup of soccer. He moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and works at
a counseling agency as a behavioral support for children with developmental,
behavioral, and emotional disorders. Adrian has participated in a project in
Tijuana, Mexico, called Esperanza, to build homes.
- Hugh Martin ('09) earned an MFA from Arizona State after leaving graduating from Muskingum. While there, his chapbook, "So, How Was The War?" (Kent State UP, 2010) was published by the Wick Poetry Center. His full-length collection, The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, 2013), was the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. First Book Prize. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, the Walter Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and he was the inaugural winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, and The New Republic. Currently he is an instructor at Gettysburg College.
- Todd Warhola ('08) works at OverDrive, an online library, based in Cleveland. He is married to Meg Thompson ('04), and they have one child, Mae.
- Whit Arnold ('08) is working on an MFA in creative nonfiction writing at West Virginia University. He expects to graduate in 2017.
- Meg Thompson ('04) After graduating from West Virginia University with an MFA in creative writing, Meg Thompson's poetry and prose have appeared in journals such as South Dakota Review, elimae, Harpur Palate, Hawaii Pacific Review, LUMINA, and The Journal. Her poem "Terroir" was nominated for a Pushcart. Her chapbook, Farmer, was published by Kattywompus Press. "Saying It (Where We Are)" is the title of her memoir-in-progress. She has a daughter, Mae, and is married to Todd Warhola (2008).
Career Possibilities for English Majors
Concentrated study in English can prepare a student for many different careers, as more and more employers look for job candidates with strong writing and communication skills. Traditionally, an education in English has led to success in the following fields:
- Public Relations
Besides graduate study and secondary teaching, recent Muskingum graduates have moved into advertising, journalism, marketing, library science, law, and business.
Recent graduates have enrolled in graduate programs at the following universities:
- Arizona State
- West Virginia University
- Ohio University
- St. Boniface University
- Ohio State University
- Bowling Green
- University of Wisconsin
- Virginia Tech
- Syracuse University
Sophomore Christine Holmes (left) of Austintown, Ohio will graduate in 2016 with majors in Journalism and English.
Christine was initially attracted to Muskingum because of the genuine friendliness of those she met through the admission process. “I knew I would be very comfortable on the beautiful campus and still be challenged academically,” she adds.
Christine is heavily involved in Orbit Media, which includes Orbit TV, the campus radio station, WMCO, and the Black and Magenta. She is a member of the golf team and president of Rotaract Club (the college extension of Rotary International) as well as World Vision, and she participates in Cru.
Christine couldn’t be happier as a Muskie: “My experience at Muskingum has been everything I’ve expected and more. I found my Muskie family right from the start. Even though I’m over two hours away from home, I know I have a solid group of people at Muskingum that care about me and would do anything for me. It allows my parents to relax, knowing I’m in good hands, and for me to explore my horizons knowing my parents aren’t worried about me. My professors go above and beyond what they’re expected. They’ve done everything in their power to ensure that I’m receiving the best education possible. They even let me hang around their offices, asking countless questions!”