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Department of English

Department of English

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 new 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.


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.


Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club is hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
July 14, 2020
Register here.

James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On The Mountain
June 23, 2020

Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides
May 26, 2020

Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays
May 12, 2020

Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn
April 21, 2020

Lecture Series

In each installment of the Visiting Writers Series, students and faculty attend a lecture given by the author and are invited to participate in creative discussions and workshops. By fostering organic relationships between the University community and visiting authors, the Series promotes critical thinking and cultural diversity.

Postponed — Jordy Rosenberg
April 7, 2020

Taije Silverman
November 18, 2019

Alexandra Kleeman
September 17, 2019

Read our Q & A’s with all of the 2019-2020 Visiting Writers here.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, please visit


Monmouth Now
Congratulations to Katelyn Snyder, NJCEA graduate student representative for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Bianca Zazzarin Photo
Congratulations to Bianca Zazzarini-Leon ’20 on her acceptance to SUNY Albany.

Dr. Courtney Werner, Associate Professor of English
Professor Werner has published work on Digital Tutoring best pract


Read the “MLA Statement Deploring Systemic Racism” at

Department of English Newsletter, Words Matter, Spring 2020 issue
Read the Spring 2020 issue of our Department newsletter,
Words Matter.

Student Awards and Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony - May 2020Please join us in celebrating the achievement of our annual Student Awards recipients and Sigma Tau Delta Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Inductees by viewing our Virtual Ceremony.

Photo of Susan GouldingCongratulations to Graduates from
Dr. Susan Goulding