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.
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 they’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!
Madeline Miller’s Circe
October 27, 2020
Clare Beams’ The Illness Lesson
November 17, 2020
Amor Towles’ A Gentleman In Moscow
December 15, 2020
For more information about the Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club, please visit https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/series/tuesday-night-book-club/.
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.
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/.
We are 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.
Join us for Virtual Open House on Sunday, October 25. Register here!
Congratulations to Michael Waters and Mihaela Moscaliuc, Editors on the Sept. 8 release of the anthology, Border Lines: Poems of Migration (Knopf, 2020). Read the full article here!
Professor Womack has published a new article on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s return to the studio. Read the complete article at www.salon.com.
Congratulations to Katelyn Snyder, NJCEA graduate student representative for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Read the “MLA Statement Deploring Systemic Racism” at www.mla.org.
Read the Spring 2020 issue of our Department newsletter,
Please 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.