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Capture a moment, a feeling, your life, in words. Be an English Major at Wilkes
English majors frequently become certified in Secondary Education; others take positions in journalism, editing and publication, advertising, or corporate work; or go on to graduate school in English or to law school. As an English major in our program at Wilkes University, you can choose to concentrate in:
As a major, you can also simultaneously complete a minor in Creative Writing or Workplace Writing.
Each major concentration – as well as program minors – emphasizes the close study of texts, including written, visual, digital, and cultural texts.
Co curricular experiences offer real world publications:
Our student-written Inkwell Quarterly gives you the opportunity to publish your writing, grow your editing and layout skills, and collaborate with your peers on a professional publication. Not only does IQ publish informational articles about departmental events, but also allows staff to delve into feature-writing, as you apply the skills and information you learn in your classes to contemporary issues.
||The Kirby Canon
The Kirby Canon is a yearly publication that celebrates undergraduate and graduate student writing, research and scholarship. The essays published in each edition were written by students enrolled in courses offered by the English Department, including General Education ENG 101 and ENG 120 courses, and 200 to 400-level courses for English majors, minors, and graduate students. All Kirby Canon submissions are evaluated by a group of faculty and student peer reviewers.
In preparation for a career in editing, publishing, or creative writing, you can submit your creative work to or work on the editorial board of the Manuscript Society. You can critique a variety of creative pieces, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art, from the Wilkes faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This process includes creative workshopping, copyediting, and layout. Recently, the Society produced a hardback edition of the Fall 2008 issue and a woodblock cover design in Spring 2009.
The English Program sponsors an Online Writing Center that employs student writing consultants, giving students an excellent background in editing, teaching and mentoring. And with thanks to Dr. J. Michael Lennon, one of Norman Mailer's literary executors, The Norman Mailer Room in the E.S. Farley Library contains an extensive collection of Mailer's works and memorabilia.
Our Writing Mentors program gives you the opportunity to work closely with a Faculty Mentor in the classroom. This co-curricular program provides experience in pedagogy, research, the writing process , and professional mentoring.
New Concentration in Digital Humanities
Our new concentration in Digital Humanities allows you to take your love for language and literature into the twenty-first century. By engaging the intersection of technology and language, you will become an “information architect” who studies and analyzes literature, film, social media, and other digital texts.
As a student in our Digital Humanities area, you will work with emerging technologies to create a range of digital products, including digital archives, digital databases, wikis, digital maps, digital editions of literary texts, and more. You will analyze how digital processes and products impact the study of literature and disciplines across the humanities.
You will also work in our new Digital English Suite, a multi-media lab space designed specifically for our English majors.
To learn more, please contact Dr. Larry Kuhar at Lawrence.Kuhar@Wilkes.edu (570-408-4532).
Our majors complete internships in area and industries that align with their career ambitions, including writing in the workplace, marketing, film making, advertising, and publishing.
Here’s what our recent English program graduates are doing
Graduates with Degree in English Education
- Teachers at Dallas Jr. Sr. High School, Dallas, PA
- Teacher at Wyoming Valley West in Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Teacher at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Mt. Holly, NJ
- Teacher at Sussex Technical High School, Sussex, Delaware
Graduates with Concentration in Literature
- Student in the PhD program at the University of Tulsa – Full assistantship for MA and PhD programs
- Student in graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University
- English Composition instructor at Wilkes and other Northeastern PA universities
- PhD candidate in English at Villanova University
- PhD student at the University of Connecticut – Full Teaching Assistantship
- Teaching assistantship at Ashford University Online
- Graduate assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Graduates with Concentration in Writing – Professional and Creative Writing
- Energy Team Administrator and Policy Analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center's Energy Project, Washington, DC
- Editor at elephantjournal.com
- Independent film maker and screenwriter
- Media specialist with the Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia
- Sports reporter for The Express-Times in Easton, PA
- Sales Supervisor at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
- Staff reporter and editorial assistant at The Wayne Independent
- Copywriter/web analyst
- Writer at Hippocampus Magazine
- Coordinator of Student Activities at Swarthmore College
Writing Concentration – Pre-law Focus
- Law School student – Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law – Full scholarship
- Law school graduate -- Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law