Department of English
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.
M.A./M.F.A in Creative Writing
Monmouth’s M.A./M.F.A. dual-degree program builds upon our 30-credit M.A. in English with a new 18-credit M.F.A. curriculum. Graduates will leave the program ready to pursue publication of their own work and qualified to seek careers in higher education, publishing, and related fields.
After completing their M.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration, Monmouth’s M.F.A. students will immerse themselves in an additional 18 credits of intensive study that includes advanced craft seminars, workshops, networking opportunities with publishing professionals and visiting writers, and career preparation in our internship program and reserved adjunct teaching positions.
Transfer students from other M.A. programs and alums with non-CW M.A. degrees from Monmouth may apply for our bridge program to complete the M.F.A. Part-time status, night classes, financial aid, graduate assistantships, and paid teaching opportunities available.
Scholarly Speaker Series
“Men in the American Women’s Rights Movement, 1830-1890: Cumbersome Allies.”
Monday, March 1, 12 p.m.
Read the article on this unique series featured on page 4 of our Department Newsletter, Words Matter.
Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday Night Book Club is hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas. Each month they’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
March 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
April 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six
May 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
For more information about the Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club, please visit https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/series/tuesday-night-book-club/.
Visiting Writers Series
The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature. Founded by Michael P. Thomas, poet and Associate Dean for the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Series has become a celebrated component of the University’s Center for the Arts.
Read our Q & A’s with the 2019-2020 Visiting Writers here. For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, please visit https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/series/visiting-writers-series/.
What Hills Have
We invite you to share your story with us by downloading this form or emailing us with your answers. We’ll share your responses on March 30th in celebration of the hardcover release of Amanda Gorman’s historic poem, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country.
Do you have exciting news to share? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Amy Grimm (Monahan, M.A. ’12) for being awarded the Monmouth University-Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award for 2020! The School of Education will hold a ceremony on May 6.
Congratulations to Skylar Daley ’21 on her acceptance to the M.A. programs at American University, Boston University, Fordham University, and Seton Hall University!
Toni Morrison Day
Thank you to our
co-sponsors and participants for making Toni Morrison Day a success!
Read The Outlook‘s article on the event in the February 24, 2021 issue!
We’re eager and available to help with any of your questions and concerns. Please reach out to us at any time
via email (email@example.com) or call us at 732-571-3439.
Watch Amanda Gorman, youth poet laureate, recite at the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris on CNN.com.
Read the Fall 2020 issue of our Department newsletter,
Meet Monmouth University Polling Institute Intern, Jimmy Watson! Read his blog post, “‘Unprecedented Times’? We’ve Seen This Stuff Before.”
Professor Womack has co-edited a new collection of academic writing, “Fandom and the Beatles: The Act You’ve Known for All These Years,” published by Oxford University Press. Read the full article.
Congratulations to Professor Bluemel for winning the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship! Read the full article.
Professor Moscaliuc Hosts Reading from “Border Lines: Poems of Migration” on Nov. 15. Read the article.
Read the “MLA Statement Deploring Systemic Racism” at www.mla.org.