At a glance: English
English Studies for the 21st Century
English at ONU offers students four majors—Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Literature, and Language Arts Education that combine traditional English study with the skills needed to adapt to evolving media and ever-changing career environments. Faculty develop students’ critical, creative, and writing talents while giving them hands-on, career-directed experience from their very first term. A wide selection of credit-bearing workshops and practicums extend students’ classroom experiences. Internal and external internships allow students to apply their studies in professional settings. Programs are specifically designed to facilitate double majors in the Department and in the larger university.
ONU English majors graduate with an appreciation of traditional English study and extensive training in reading, writing, analyzing, and producing texts of the present and the future. All four majors provide deep preparation for a wide variety of jobs, including careers in business, teaching, non-profit work, libraries, law, and management.
- All five areas build off a shared core of writing and literature courses
- Students can individualize their curriculum
- Students obtain publication experience on at least one of four publications: eMedia, Polaris, Characters, and Shakespeare and the Classroom
- Students graduate with a strong grounding in theory and practice and a portfolio of publications appropriate for graduate school or employment applications
- The required senior capstone project can be submitted for publication or for presentation at conferences
- Students are encouraged to achieve high academic standards, apply for national scholarships and join faculty members at professional conferences
- ONU English majors expand their horizons through experiential learning in internships, study abroad and other travel
English department classes and faculty offices are in Dukes Memorial, one of the historic front-campus buildings. The department has a variety of instructional rooms, including two state-of-the-art computer classrooms, four rooms equipped with SMART Boards, a mobile laptop lab, two seminar rooms with a departmental reading area and a reference library.
Sigma Tau Delta
One of the nation’s top chapters, this active group organizes local philanthropy projects related to literacy (such as tutoring in local schools), creates a spirit of collegiality in the department through faculty-student activities, and annually sends students to the national conference, where many students have had their creative works or academic projects selected for presentation.
Secondary Education Society
A new chapter recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), this group was formed by dedicated LAE majors to focus on issues in the profession that have bearing on their future careers as teachers. They regularly attend the national NCTE or College English Association of Ohio conferences.
Graduates find jobs as teachers, reporters, freelance writers, ad managers and writers for public relations firms, lobbyists, editors, librarians, sports reporters and sports public relations personnel, wedding and special event planners and insurance underwriters.
ONU English majors are accepted to graduate programs across the country in journalism, professional writing, literature, library science, creative writing and law. These graduate schools include: Florida Gulf Coast University, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia, West Virginia University
English majors are generally desired by employers because they are articulate, write well, are perceptive readers, can research effectively and work well with others to collaborate on publications and projects.