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.
Elyse Climes, an undergraduate student at Monmouth University, will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education. During her time at Monmouth, Elyse has been a member of three honor societies: Sigma Tau Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Eta Sigma. She has also been a Peer Mentor for her fellow education majors. But Elyse's accomplishments don't stop in the classroom: she is also an established race car driver. Elyse's interest stems from her family's regular attendance at shows. Since racing is an expensive sport, Elyse needs to find sponsors. She has found her English major particularly helpful in obtaining sponsors because she is able to write her own racing proposals. While many of her fellow racers pay to have their proposals written, she already has the necessary skills to do it on her own thanks to her time as an English major at Monmouth. Elyse learned how to balance her time to be able to engage with both her passions, racing and college. In the English major, her favorite courses are American Literature and Children's Literature. Many of her professors that she has had as an English major are a meaningful part of her life; they have all helped her to improve her writing skills and succeed as a student. Upon graduation, Elyse plans on finding a teaching job in an Elementary school. She also plans on continuing to race and hopes someday soon to be a professional racer.