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It’s the excitement of every page turned. It’s the passion you find with the development of each character throughout a novel. It’s this feeling that you want to replicate through a future career, especially through earning your degree in Marian’s English program.


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Program Information

Mission:

The English Department of Marian University provides opportunities for students to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers by asking them to write in a variety of genres and to analyze literature from a diversity of cultures, contexts, and perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective Communication: Writer effectively organizes discussion, supports the ideas, and uses standard conventions in all learning contexts to express self clearly in writing.
    • Organization: Ideas are expressed in a well organized manner, and paper exhibits sophistication in structure, such as the capacity for making choices about organization that are informed in part by the content.
    • Support: Ideas are very well supported. (through examples, quotes, statistics, etc.)
    • Grammatical Conventions: Writing observes the grammatical conventions of standard written English and exhibits sophistication in diction and sentence structure (e.g. exhibits effective sentence variety). Paper is free from distracting mechanical errors.
  • Critical Thinking: Develop logical, well-supported conclusions.
    • Link between evidence (support, data, information) and conclusion (inference) is clear, present, and follows logically. [If appropriate, evidence shows detailed understanding of material presented in course.

General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements, including COM 232.

42 credits as follows:
12 credits:

ENG 205 Introduction to Literary Studies and the English Professions, 3 cr.
ENG 302 Shakespeare, 3 cr.
ENG 375 Advanced Study of Language, Grammar, and Rhetoric, 3 cr.
ENG 495 English Research Capstone, 3 cr.

3 credits of Genre Studies from the following:
ENG 112 Introduction to Literary Genres, 3 cr.
ENG 121 Introduction to Poetry, 3 cr.
ENG 122 Introduction to Fiction, 3 cr.
ENG 123 Introduction to Drama, 3 cr.

3 credits of World Literature from the following:

ENG 220 World Literature I, 3 cr.
ENG 221 World Literature II, 3 cr.
ENG 225 Mythology, 3 cr.

3 credits of British Literature from the following:
ENG 201 British Literature I, 3 cr.
ENG 202 British Literature II, 3 cr.

3 credits of American Literature from the following:

ENG 211 American Literature I, 3 cr.
ENG 212 American Literature II, 3 cr.

3 credits of Minority Literature from the following:
ENG 216 Contemporary Women’s Literature: Emerging Voices, 3 cr.
ENG 217 Evolution of Women’s Literature, 3 cr.
ENG 250 Ethnic Minority Literature, 3 cr.
ENG 310 African-American Literature, 3 cr.

15 credits of English electives:
ENG Electives (at least 9 credits at the 15 credits must be at the 300 level or above; only 3 of the remaining 6 credits can be at the 100 level)

Foreign Language requirement
12 credits or equivalent:

Language requirement for BA

17-20 credits:
University electives

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admissions@marianuniversity.edu

Jerry Burns, Ph.D.
Professor & Co-chair
English Department
920.923.7155
jburns@marianuniversity.edu

Justin Ponder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Co-chair
English Department
920.923.8627
Jcponder43@marianuniversity.edu

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Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian's Academic Bulletin.

To help students become critical readers, writers, and thinkers, the English Program assesses knowledge acquisition, effective communication, and critical thinking in ways that are essential to the broader liberal arts education Marian University provides. The English Program demonstrates its effectiveness in the areas of learning outcomes, quality assurance, capstone assessments, employment, graduate education, academic rigor, and teaching excellence.

1. Learning Outcomes: In 2014-2015, students in courses offered in the English Program demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
a. Knowledge Acquisition: 93% students met or exceeded expectations
b. Effective Communication: 83% students met or exceeded expectations
c. Critical Thinking: 86% of students met or exceeded expectations
2. Quality Assurance: The English Program ensures common standards across multiple courses by establishing shared criteria between instructors through normed assessment.
3. Capstone Assessments: To help students transition into their profession the English Program is developing and assessing major courses like Introduction to Literary Study, Advanced Study of Grammar, Internship, and the English Research Capstone.
4. Employment: 100% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the English Program.
5. Graduate Education: 100% of graduates who elected to pursue an advanced degree were accepted into a graduate school within six months of graduation from the English Program.
6. Academic Rigor: Student surveys ranked English instructors excellent with an average of 4.6/5.
7. Teaching Excellence: 100% of eligible English faculty have won the Underkofler Award for teaching.

Ponder, Justin

Justin Ponder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Co-chair
English Department
920.923.8627
jcponder43@marianuniversity.edu

Jerry Burns

Jerry Burns, Ph.D.
Professor & Co-chair
English Department
920.923.7155
JBurns@marianuniversity.edu

Walser, John

John Walser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
English Department
920.923.7172
JWalser@marianuniversity.edu

Jodi Wagner-Angell

Jodi Wagner-Angell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
English Department
920.923.7674
jlwagner79@marianuniversity.edu

Christina Kubasta

Christina Kubasta, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor
English Department
920.923.8792
ckkubasta60@marianuniversity.edu

Jennifer Escher, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
English Department
920.923.8766
jlescher00@marianuniversity.edu

Terena Kleckner, M.Ed.
Part-time per Course Faculty
English Department
920.923.8586
TKleckner@marianuniversity.edu

Lisa Marchetta, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
English Department
920.923.8766
lmmarchetta98@marianuniversity.edu

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