Monmouth University's Department of English gives students the opportunity to study literature, writing, and rhetoric in a supportive and engaging intellectual community of faculty and peers. English majors and minors are encouraged to pursue their interests under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors both inside and outside the classroom, and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing and professional writing. Students will enhance their close reading and analytical skills as they encounter the pleasures and possibilities found in reading literary works of aesthetic and cultural value. A major or minor in English enables students to develop critical awareness that prepares them for careers in the areas of teaching, law, business, publishing, writing, and administration, and most importantly, lays the foundation for a lifelong engagement with the versatility, power, and beauty of language.
Tremendous, passion, and balance are the words 2015 Monmouth Graduate Sara Rimassa uses to describe her time at Monmouth University. Sara, who graduated with a double major in English and Education, as well as an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL), regards her experiences at Monmouth as both life-changing and gratifying. While completing
her undergraduate degree, Sara worked in the English Department and has cited this experience as giving her, “a chance to get to build stronger relationships with faculty, students within the school and starting up our social media.” In addition to her position within the department, Sara worked as an intern at Poets House in New York City, was the editor-in-chief of The Monmouth Review and traveled to Minnesota for the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals conference. Currently an educator with Teach for America Corps at Mastery
Charter Schools in Camden, New Jersey, Sara is also an ESL instructor who works with students in both an elementary and middle school. Though Sara works full time, she still finds time to read and write and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Library Science. Sara has a passion for collecting rare and vintage books and has a deep appreciation for both classic and contemporary literature. “Enjoy the moments you have—don’t wish your college years away,” Sara advises students, “and remember that even though you think you may have a plan set for post-college life, you’ll find that the universe and your passions will eventually bring you to where you are meant to be.”