If you're thinking of majoring in English, you've asked yourself, "What can I do with an English major?" The simple answer: whatever you want. Marietta's English Department produces authors and English teachers, but our graduates also include attorneys, software engineers, hospital administrators, technical writers, public relations specialists, and CEOs. Majoring in English is about learning to interpret and analyze information, crucial and marketable skills in today's information-driven economy. So whether it's Shakespeare or an annual report, Marietta will give you the education to become a perceptive reader, logical thinker, and persuasive writer.
All of the English faculty at Marietta are writers, so you're taught writing skills by men and women who understand it from experience. In the senior capstone course, students work as a community of scholars to put all of their accumulated knowledge, skill, and intuition to use. Whether its focus is cultural studies, textual criticism, postcolonialism, or cognitive psychology, the capstone gives English majors a strong facility with cutting-edge theoretical approaches to literature. Seniors’ projects demand the kinds of critical analysis and communication necessary both in graduate school and the world of work.
Pulse is an in-house magazine featuring student writing. It is edited and published by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.
The Marietta College English Department sponsors Pizza, Poetry, and Prose, a series of public readings where faculty members and students present original poetry or fiction. The Department also uses its restricted funds to bring in professional writers to conduct workshops with students and present public readings to the community. This includes Andrew Grace, Amy Irvine McHarg, Dan Chaon, Anthony Doerr (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Joni Tevis, Sharon Hatfield, Andrew Hudgins, James Harms and David Citino.
The English Department also invites all students to enter these contests every year:
The Lawrence M. Howard Memorial Scholarship
Value: approximately $1,400
Open to juniors and first-semester seniors
Applicants submit a portfolio of writing samples
Guidelines for submission are available at the English Department office
The Stephen Schwartz Prize for Poetry
For the best poem submitted by a student
The Emerson Prize
Value: approximately $140
For the best poem or group of poems by a student, representing a substantial creative effort
The Margaret Ward Martin Prize
Value: approximately $115
For the junior or senior submitting the best original piece of creative writing
The Burton E. Stevenson Prize
Value: approximately $100
For the best essay devoted to American literature
Further information and printed guidelines are available at the English Department office (Thomas 216).