English

English Program

English Degree

Learn skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis to provide a solid foundation for your career.

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English majors take a variety of courses in writing, literature, and language- all of which are designed to enhance students skills in oral and written communication. Literature courses help students develop the ability to read and interpret literature critically as well as the ability to appreciate literature and respond to it intellectually, aesthetically, and effectively. The study of literature will help students understand their own cultural heritage as well as the cultural heritage of others. Language and writing courses will enhance students’ sensitivity to and understanding of language as well as improve their skills in written communication: invention, drafting, revising, editing, and polishing.

English is recognized as an excellent pre-professional major in such fields as law, medicine, business, federal service, and publishing. The skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis learned by the English major provide a solid preparation for the prospective writer, editor, lawyer, teacher, public relations worker, and advertising or business executive.

 

 

 

Why a B.A. Degree in English?

 
If you enjoy reading, writing, and expanding your creative horizons, then McKendree’s bachelor’s degree in English is for you. This program combines unique, hands-on learning experiences with the development of skills in research, critical analysis, and effective communication. English majors have numerous opportunities to have their scholarly or creative work published as they hone their skills as writers.

 

 

 

Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the English Major


Housed within the Division of Humanities, the B.A. in English offers three major tracks:


Literature Track:

Students develop the ability to read and interpret literature critically, appreciate and respond to it intellectually, and understand their own cultural heritage and those of others.

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Literature/Writing Track:

Literature courses are paired with language and writing classes that enhance students’ understanding of language and improve their skills in written communication.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan


English/Secondary Education Track:

Become a teacher in the field by selecting this track, accredited by the National Council of Teachers of English.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan


Journalism Minor:

Enhance your degree with a journalism minor, where you’ll learn what it takes to become a proficient and ethical professional in a wide variety of media. Students learn to research and interview effectively and write well-developed articles for the web, newspapers, magazines, and other outlets.


Minors in English and Creative Writing are also available.

 

 


Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?


McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.

 

 

Program Highlights

 

  • Comprehensive coursework and development of research skills prepares you for graduate school or a professional career

  • Literary-based clubs and honor societies allow you to meet others and enhance your resume through a variety of scholarly opportunities

  • Engage in learning beyond the classroom through theatrical performances, readings, and other cultural events

  • Take advantage of scholarly opportunities by presenting at a conference or working as a Research Assistant with faculty members

 

 

Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

 

English is an excellent pre-professional major in such fields as law, medicine, business, federal service, and publishing. The skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis learned by the English major provide a solid preparation for the prospective writer, editor, lawyer, teacher, public relations worker, and advertising or business executive.

Our alumni have found jobs at companies such as:

  • Belleville News-Democrat
  • Centralia Sentinel
  • O’Fallon Progress

 

 

 

Club Information / Honor Societies

 

  • Literary Interest Society - From traveling to St. Louis to hear professional writers to participating in Poetry Slams to working with students at the Lebanon grade schools, the Literary Interest Society is a growing community of students with a common appreciation for literature.

  • The McKendree Review - Hone your interviewing and writing skills by joining the student newspaper, The McKendree Review.

  • The Montage - Publish your creative work through the student literary journal, The Montage.

  • McK Radio - Get firsthand radio broadcasting experience through the university’s own student-run radio station.

  • Scholars Journal of Undergraduate Research - Have your scholarly writing published in McKendree’s journal of superior undergraduate research.

  • Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) - Members have the opportunity to submit their creative and scholarly work to Sigma Tau Delta’s international literary and creative writing journals, The Review and The Rectangle.

 

 

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Meet the Faculty

Brenda Boudreau, Ph.D.Brenda Boudreau, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Carnegie Hall 210
(618) 537-6971
bboudreau@mckendree.edu

 

 

Nichole DeWall, Ph.D.Nichole DeWall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Carnegie Hall 211
(618) 537-6495
nbdewall@mckendree.edu

 

 

John R. Greenfield, Ph.D.John R. Greenfield, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Carnegie Hall 205

(618) 537-6890
jgreenfi@mckendree.edu

 

 

Jenny Mueller, Ph.D.Jenny Mueller, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Carnegie Hall 215
(618) 537-6459
jimueller@mckendree.edu

 

 

Martha Patterson, Ph.D.Martha Patterson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Carnegie Hall 206
(618) 537-6881
mhpatterson@mckendree.edu

 

 

Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
305 Stanton Street
(618) 537-6903

smquinn@mckendree.edu

 

 

Joy Santee, Ph.D.Joy Santee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
305 Stanton Street
(618) 537-6858

jmsantee@mckendree.edu

 

 

Gabriel Shapiro, M.A.Gabriel Shapiro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Journalism & English
Carnegie Hall 104
(618) 537-6946
gjshapiro@mckendree.edu

 



 


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