About the Department
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 both inside and outside the classroom under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing, and professional writing. Students will develop their critical awareness and 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 prepares students 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.
Visiting Writers Series
The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 by Michael P. Thomas as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature. The series, directed by Alex Gilvarry, Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, has become a celebrated component of the University’s Center for the Arts.
Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday Night Book Club is hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack. Each month they’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!
Experiential Education, a requirement for all undergraduates, enables students to link classroom academics with real-world experiences. As part of Ex Ed, students participate in valuable learning and educational opportunities; this can include cooperative education, service learning, and study abroad semesters in London, Florence, Heidelberg, Buenos Aires, Cádiz, or Sydney.