What will I be doing?
Through the range of departmental course offerings, students will hone a sensitivity to language, an appreciation of fine literature, and the mastery of creative and analytical writing. The Thomas More English programs offer a range of opportunities for creative inquiry beyond the traditional classroom. Students may present at the annual, national Sigma Tau Delta conference or participate in opportunities provided by the Creative Writing Vision Program (CWVP). The CWVP has enabled students to find leadership roles in publication, editing, and community programming.
Who will I be learning from?
Faculty in the English Department have specialties across literary studies, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric. In addition to 6 full-time faculty and several part-time faculty, the department features a Writer in Residence–appointed annually. Among those who have served the college are Pauletta Hansel, a regionally known poet, memoirist, teacher and editor who was recently named the first Poet Laureate of Cincinnati, and Richard Hague, an awarding-winning poet and author of a dozen collections of poetry who draws largely on his Appalachian roots as a native of Steubenville, Ohio. Additionally, many of the Thomas More faculty have experience teaching abroad, and faculty members of the James Graham Brown Honors Program also supervise the Honors Fellowship projects at the behest of the students.
Where do alumni work or pursue advanced degrees?
While many students choose to work in traditional careers related to editing, publishing, journalism, advertising, marketing, or education, others pursue careers in grant writing, social service, corporate development, or business administration. Thomas More University English graduates are also well prepared for graduate school or law school.
What careers will be open to me?
Careers opportunities for English graduates include publishing, editing, teaching, public relations, literary agent, speech writer, fundraising, campaign management, news correspondent, web editing, writing, business entrepreneurship.
What experiential learning opportunities will I have?
Experiential learning opportunities encompasses a variety of activities including college tutoring, literary reading series management, copy editing, literary magazine publication, collegiate sports writing, parish newsletter editing, news reporting and feature writing, grant writing, media relations, and organizational publicity.
What scholarships or aid are available?
The Sandra L. Cuni Scholarship is an award given yearly to an English major whose work best exemplifies the ideals that Dr. Cuni held for Creative Writing. This award commemorates the high academic and creative standards of its namesake and may be credited toward tuition, fees and/or books.