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.
Fallon Ohlson hopes to write stories for Disney. A senior at Monmouth University, Fallon credits Monmouth's English professors for guiding her into the writing world. After a creative writing course with Professor Febos, she switched her major from Psychology to English. At the encouragement of Dr. Moscaliuc, Fallon attended a poetry reading in Red Bank, saying "it really inspired me to pursue my career as a writer and opened my eyes to the beauty of other authors." Fallon studied abroad in Florence and encourages all students to look into
Monmouth's Study Abroad Program
. She also joined Phi Sigma Sigma, one of six Panhellenic sororities on campus, and attributes her sisters with helping her follow her passions. When she isn't writing, Fallon expresses her art through painting. Growing up she loved John Greene's
Looking for Alaska
, but currently cites Jamaica Kincaid's
as her favorite story.