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 may do internships at a local newspaper or radio/tv station, such as The (Zanesville) Times-Recorder or WHIZ-TV (NBC affiliate in Zanesville), or with the University's own Public Relations office, or a nearby public relations office. One English major recently worked in public relations for the John and Annie Glenn Museum.
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.
English department faculty occasionally take students to CEAO or Sigma Tau Delta conferences. Other students have attended "Winter Wheat: The Mid American Review Festival of Writing" at Bowling Green State University. Muskingum students (normally English majors) also participate in the ECC (East Central Colleges) consortium literary competition, and have done very well in this competition. In 2009, for example, one of our students won first place in poetry.
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.
Black and Magenta
The B & M is Muskingum's weekly student newspaper. The work that students do on the paper prepares them well for the workplace after graduation, whether they pursue journalism or any other career requiring knowledge of the latest reporting, writing, and design technologies. Go to B&M On-line.
- Hugh Martin ('09) recently received his MFA in creative
writing from Arizona State University and will be a Stegner Fellow at Stanford
University in the fall of 2012. He has taught composition and creative writing
classes, and he spent the summer of 2011 teaching introductory creative writing
at the National University of Singapore. His first book, The Stick Soldiers,
won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and will be released through BOA Editions
Ltd. in March of 2013.
- 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.
- Nathania Johnson ('11) currently lives in Geoghang, South
Korea, and teaches English at the Chungdahm Institute.
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:
- West Virginia University
- Ohio University
- St. Boniface University
- Ohio State University
- Bowling Green
- University of Wisconsin
- Syracuse University