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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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The Program
Through Marian’s English program, you’ll read literature from a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives, as well as investigate literature’s role as an expression of or challenge to a society’s values. You will also embrace a strong foundation in critical thinking while evaluating theories and practices of literary criticism. In addition, you’ll enhance your skills in analytical and research writing, and be given the opportunity to write individual creative works.

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

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General Education Program

46–49 University requirements, including:

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

42 credits as follows

12 credits:

This course serves as a gateway, providing English majors, prospective English majors, and English minors with critical tools to heighten and enhance their experiences in subsequent courses in the major and their careers. The course introduces students to critical theory and to a wide variety of critical approaches to literature, enabling them to read and interpret literature with greater insight and discernment. Students also deepen their understanding of key literary periods and movements and become more knowledgeable of developments in the evolution of significant literary genres and sub-genres. Students will also gain an appreciation for the relevance and practical applications of literary studies in personal and professional development.

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A survey of Shakespeare’s major plays. While the emphasis is on close study of the individual works, students also consider Shakespeare’s artistic development and the plays’ historical contexts.

Prerequisites:

Students become more aware of principles and issues in grammar, linguistics, and rhetoric, particularly as they unfold historically, and apply this enhanced awareness to the development of their own writing. The course examines the stylistic elements of writing aimed at different discourse communities, including academic and business audiences, with emphasis on developing adaptability, expressiveness, and polish in students’ own writing.

Prerequisites:

The English Capstone course will allow students to reflect on their past work in English and prepare for graduate study or the job market. The class will integrate literary criticism, primary theoretical texts, and a student-directed final paper or research project. In addition, students will compile a portfolio of selected pieces of their work as an English major to be submitted to the English department for assessment purposes. Course will run as a small seminar or independent study, depending on student and department needs.

3 credits of Genre Studies from the following:

Prerequisites:

A genre-based study of short stories, drama and poetry; the course focuses on applying tools of literary analysis to the interpretation of specific works in order to increase insight and pleasure. A wide variety of works is read, representing a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives. Course objectives also include developing critical reading, thinking and writing skills and exploring the values-laden nature of literature.

A genre-based study of poetry that focuses on applying tools of literary analysis to the interpretation of specific poems in order to increase insight and pleasure. Close reading of poetry, with attention to formal elements, will provide the students with an introduction to major poets and styles. A wide variety of works is read, representing a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives. Course objectives also include developing critical reading, thinking and writing skills and exploring the values-laden nature of literature.

A genre-based study of fiction; the course focuses on applying tools of literary analysis to the interpretation of specific works in order to increase insight and pleasure. A wide variety of works is read, representing a diversity of cultures, contexts, and perspectives. Course objectives also include developing critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, and exploring the values-laden nature of literature.

A genre-based drama course; the course focuses on applying tools of literary analysis to the interpretation of specific works in order to increase insight and pleasure. A wide variety of works is read, representing a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives. Course objectives also include developing critical reading, thinking and writing skills, and exploring the values-laden nature of literature.

3 credits of World Literature from the following:

Prerequisites:

A study of major writers of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the New World, with emphasis on writers of international stature and influence. The course offers students a broad perspective on literary history from classical times to the 17th century. A chronological survey of significant work leads to discussion of problems in the historical examination of literature: the definition of movements, the relationships between society and literature, and the evolution of literary genres.

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A study of major writers of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States, with emphasis on writers of international stature and influence. The course offers students a broad perspective on literary history since the 17th century. A chronological survey of significant work leads to discussion of problems in the historical examination of literature: the definition of movements (such as neoclassicism, romanticism, realism), the relationships between society and literature, and the evolution of literary genres.

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A study of important myths and legends from a variety of times and places, with emphasis on writers and works that have influences Western thought, arts, and culture. Using methods of formal and structural analysis, students will study works of literature, such as epics, plays, and poetry that employ mythological allusions and deal with universal symbols and themes.

3 credits of British Literature from the following:

Prerequisites:

An examination of major early British writers, with a focus on the interplay of aesthetic, social and cultural values; the development of literary forms and traditions; and historical contexts. Students will be introduced to major authors of cultural significance.

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A wide-ranging investigation and analysis of British Romanticism, Victorianism, and Modernism. Students will be introduced to major authors of cultural significance. As with ENG 201, the course focuses on the interrelationships of aesthetic and cultural values, literary prose and historical contexts.

3 credits of American Literature from the following:

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A study of American literature from its beginning to the Civil War, tracing the development of American writing in its cultural contexts. In lectures and discussions, students are introduced to a broad range of critical methods for approaching major American authors.

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A continuation of ENG 211, tracing the evolution of American literature from the Civil War to early Postmodernism in the contexts of the social and intellectual forces that shaped it, including the impact of minority writers. In lectures and discussions, students consider critical approaches to the rise of Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and the beginnings of Postmodernism in American letters.

3 credits of Minority Literature from the following:

Prerequisites:

A topical study of literature written by women, dealing with contemporary issues and concerns. This course will focus on fiction and nonfiction texts as they are emerging in modern and contemporary times. Discussion will center upon language, form, and themes as they relate to women. The course remains open-ended, in that any specialized concerns of class members will be welcomed as texts are chosen.

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A survey of the evolution of women’s literature. The course will focus upon literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century and turn of the century, and Modernist and Contemporary eras written by female authors. This material will be integrated across genres and geographical contexts.

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Students will analyze the work by ethnic minority writers in the United States. Doing so, they will examine the experiences of inequality, struggle, and triumph from diverse and often unheard voices.

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A generally chronological survey of African-American literature from its inception to the present time. The course is designed to include a diversity of themes, styles, authors and values. Students are challenged to examine their own attitudes and understanding regarding the relationship of African-American literature to American literature and culture as a whole.

15 credits of English electives:

ENG English 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

The Program
Through Marian’s English program, you’ll read literature from a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives, as well as investigate literature’s role as an expression of or challenge to a society’s values. You will also embrace a strong foundation in critical thinking while evaluating theories and practices of literary criticism. In addition, you’ll enhance your skills in analytical and research writing, and be given the opportunity to write individual creative works.

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.

Mission:

The English Program 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.

Graduates of the English literature program stay one step ahead of the competition, and are equipped with the essential skills that ensure success in the working world. An English literature degree from Marian University prepares you for a variety of career possibilities, including positions in advertising, business, education, law, ministry, public relations, publishing, writing and social justice work. Many graduates also go on to graduate school.

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.

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Hear what students and faculty have to say about the opportunities awaiting you in our English program!

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At Marian University, you’ll find committed faculty and staff aiming to help you reach your fullest potential. Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s English literature program prepares you to share your passion for creativity and expression through literature.

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“As a high school teacher and Forensics coach, I put my Marian University English degree to use each and every day! The guidance, support, and motivation offered by staff members at Marian has given me the confidence and knowledge to make a positive impact on today’s youth. Aside from the language and literature content that they taught, my professors also utilized teaching strategies that helped students with a variety of abilities and interests learn and show their knowledge. I am very thankful to these professors, as I use many of these same techniques in my own teaching. The skills I obtained, the lessons I learned, and the personal growth that I attained while at Marian University has helped me make a difference, and I look forward to continuing in my pursuit of success for all students.”

Geoffrey Baumann, 2014 Marian graduate, English teacher at Durand High School

 

“After graduation, I used my English degree to get a job as the director of a small public library. The literary analysis we did in English courses helped me as I led book discussions, recommended books to patrons, and decided which materials to purchase for the library. I used my writing skills in newsletters, emails, and other correspondence. I also believe my degree helped me develop the critical thinking skills I needed to deal with issues as they arose, make good decisions, and come up with ideas for new programs and library events. . . . I’ve been able to share my love of reading with my daughter, and we often get compliments about her extensive vocabulary at just a year and a half. All along I’ve also been writing poetry and short stories, and in the near future I plan to go on to grad school, which I know my English degree has prepared me well for.”

Tiffany (Erdmann) Brault (‘12)

 

“In the last year and a half, I have been working towards my Masters in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee. I’m certain I do not have to explain to you how beneficial an English degree is when one has to compose several professional e-mails during the day and write lengthy papers in APA and MLA formatting. My English degree taught me how to enjoy reading. The degree gave me the ability to hold a work of fiction up to the light and see the brilliance the author possessed (or lacked). I wanted my degree in English because I wanted what I have now: an affinity with the creative spirits who choose to make their music through words.”

Sarah Londo (‘10)

 

“I feel that Marian’s English Department fully prepared me for my career, and I could not have asked for a better liberal-arts education. . . . I am a better human being because of my English major from Marian.”

Susan Lundin (‘12), teaching in Beaver Dam

 

“I am incredibly grateful to my Marian English professors for providing me with a penchant for inquiry, an eye for social justice, and a willingness to engage with my students as people. First, my college classes were all stimulating in the sense that I was able encounter different views of an idea or piece of literature and weigh those ideas along with my own views to develop a more broadened perspective. Second, I always felt a passion for justice emanating from my professors, and I am so grateful to still see teaching and the literature I use in my classroom through that lens. Finally, the comfort with and rapport for my professors allowed me to feel comfortable enough to take risks and enjoy learning with them. I hope that I am employing those sensibilities into my own teaching practices to encourage my students to find a study of English to be both interesting and fulfilling. I learned so much in my four years at Marian, and definitely count my experience with the English department as one of my greatest “takeaways” from my Marian experience.”

Maria Archie, Muskego High School (‘10)

 

“After graduating, I was very fortunate to obtain a full-time teaching position. None of the accomplishments and choices I have made would have been possible without the support of Marian faculty. I needed the smaller classrooms and the accountability those smaller classrooms placed on student performance.” Samantha Thomas, Omro High School (‘09)
I’m working in the fraud department in the headquarters of a large company. “It really requires a lot of linguistic skills; you have to be persuasive with your writing on a regular basis.”

Andrea Klitzke (‘11)

 

“I am a tracker at Quad Graphics. When others in the office don’t know how to word something, they come to me. And as an alumni, I wouldn’t trade any part of my Marian experience for the world.

Sarah Arnold (‘08)

 

“My English degree contributes to my current career as the Vice President of a digital marketing agency as it gave me a foundation in copy / content writing, blogging, PR, SEO, and branding which are all needed in my industry. Plus I wrote a novel under a nom de plume, and just released it under my own publishing company.

Desiree Hopesky (‘93)

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

 

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Jerry Burns, Ph.D.
Professor
English Department
920.923.7155
JBurns@marianuniversity.edu

 

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

 

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

 

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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

Merle Alix, M.A.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
English Department
920.923.8764
Malix09@marianuniversity.edu

As part of the English literature program, you will find personal, one-on-one support from faculty, who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for writing and literature. In addition to challenging coursework, you’ll engage in hands-on learning experiences, including internships and a capstone project. To enhance your classroom learning experience, English majors can become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English International Honor Society.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

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

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