We’ve never been surrounded by so many stories. How do we make sense of it all?

These days we are inundated with stories. On Netflix and Hulu, sure. But also in our media and in our politics — as influencers, companies, and world leaders rush to get their version of the truth out into the world. How do we make sense of all this noise?

English majors are highly employable

It starts with the skills and values that make English majors valuable and highly employable. The ability to read closely, think clearly, and then formulate convincing and creative arguments are the skills employers value most. A degree in English prepares students for work in almost any field. Our program celebrates the discipline and joys of close reading, critical thinking and good writing.

We offer the option of emphasizing in literary study, creative and professional writing, English Education or some combination of the three. We also teach interdisciplinary courses that are essential to the liberal arts in women’s studies, the Honor’s Program and as part of our core curriculum.

Each year we host visiting writers for readings and meet-and-greets with students.Each year we host visiting writers for readings and meet-and-greets with students. Personalized advising

Knowing our students as individuals is important. We keep track of student progress through personalized advising and portfolio management of their accomplishments. Most of our courses have 10-16 students, the perfect sized group for a discussion of literature. 

English News

  • Episode 1: August 27, 2021

    Meet two of the friendly folks from OSF HealthCare who are taking care of Monmouth students at the student health clinic – Kari Bruening (pictured) and Michelle Jones. The Educational Farm & Garden crew of Olivia Croasdale, Jacob Duncan and Hanna Pittman extol the benefits of spending a summer immersed in the land.
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  • Men?s lacrosse coach Chris Klaiber.

    Episode 30: May 7, 2021

    Meet award-winning students Emily Krueger ’21, Larissa Pothoven ’24 and Samuel Stoyanoff ’24; the Voice of Fighting Scots Athletics Nate Baliva gives an update of spring sports; and coach Chris Klaiber (pictured) on the historic win by men’s lacrosse.
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  • 2025 Admiral?s and Goldsborough Scholars

    Episode 23: March 12, 2021

    Meet Class of 2025 Admiral’s and Goldsborough scholars: Emily Canterbury of Orion, Illinois (1:43) and Ilese Rodeffer of Bushnell, Illinois (6:59); and Godlsborough Scholars Michelle Gutierrez of Chicago (14:11) and Emma Romano of Wilmington, Illinois (19:10).
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  • Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity (SOFIA)


  • Off-Campus Experiences