MVNU’s English program offers high-level academic quality with professors who are experts in literature and writing.
Students have a variety of opportunities to gain valuable experience beyond the classroom and explore their passions. A major in English is extremely versatile because students develop skills that will make them successful in every career field. At MVNU, you can read great books, practice critical thinking skills, and improve your writing abilities — all with Christian faculty who care about your academic growth and success.
- High achievement — Senior MVNU English majors routinely score higher than the national average on the Major Field Test in English (MFT). This is a reflection of the deep level of comprehension you will have in your field after graduation — the kind of comprehension that employers are looking for.
- Active faculty — Most MVNU English faculty have recently published articles in scholarly journals and/or presented research at national and regional conferences. You will learn from people who are passionate and actively involved in their discipline.
- Immersive learning — Students have numerous social and cultural opportunities like trips to see live theater or experience lectures at other institutions. Students also may take intensive travel courses such as mvNYu, a summer course in New York City, and MVNU.K., a learning experience in the British Isles or study abroad in Oxford through CCCU's BestSemester.
- Professor John Ballenger, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center
- Dr. Dorothea Hawthorne, Associate Professor of English and Department Chair
- Dr. Yvonne Schultz, Professor of English, School Dean, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration, and Director of GPS General Studies
- Dr. W Brett Wiley, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program
- Dr. David Wilkes, Professor of English
While other majors train you for a specific career path, an English major helps you to develop marketable writing, communication, and research skills that are valuable in every career imaginable. MVNU English graduates often find jobs as journalists, high school teachers, public relations strategists, advertising copywriters, or legal assistants.
Penmarks is MVNU’s own student-produced literary magazine that features original poems, artwork, short stories, and creative non-fiction written by MVNU students. The magazine is published annually, during the spring semester.
Penmarks exists to showcase and encourage the rich creative life of the MVNU community. The magazine has three main purposes: to provide an aesthetically-pleasing and accessible platform for student writing and visual art; to give students the valuable real-world experience of producing a literary magazine; and to enrich campus culture through quality student writing and visual art.
Submissions — Current MVNU students may submit original poems, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, or other short pieces of creative writing. Penmarks also accepts photographs of visual art.
Editing committee — The Penmarks selection committee is composed of the Penmarks faculty advisor and students taking the spring Practicum in Creative Writing course.
Faculty — John Ballenger, Assistant Professor of English
MVNU graduates have attended:
- American University Washington College of Law
- University of Buffalo
- University of Toledo
- Kent State University
- Bowling Green State University
- The Ohio State University
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