English Major & Minor

If you’re passionate about books and ideas and want to delve deeper into the study of literature, an English major or minor is for you! Whether you’re interested in publishing your writing or serving on an editorial board, you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience with our student publications: The Record, the award-winning student-run newspaper; Broadside, an outlet for short poems and prose; Red Cents, an annual creative arts journal; or Pinchpenny Press, a book publisher right on campus. Alongside traditional literary surveys, our literature courses feature special topics courses on graphic novels, banned books and Shakespeare in film.

As an English student, you can customize your degree with a balance of literature, writing and language courses. By the time you graduate, you will be able to communicate effectively, think critically and write fluently, vital skills for success in graduate school or the professional world.

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Gundy to speak about ‘Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt’ on Oct. 21

Jeff Gundy, an award-winning writer on the cutting edge of poetry and creative nonfiction and a central figure in Mennonite literature, will give a presentation on “Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt” on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

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2013-2014 Department Newsletter Just Released

2013-2014 has been a busy year for the English department: 10 graduates, 8 Broadsides, 7 Pinchpenny books, 6 State awards for Red Cents, and 5 guest writers. Check out these numbers and more in our latest newsletter.

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Storyteller John Ruth to offer April lecture at Goshen College

John Ruth will offer a lecture about his new memoir, “Branch,” in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center Room 17 on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Goshen College students win state awards for newspaper, literary publication

Goshen College students involved with campus publications were recently honored for their work at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) competition for print media.

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Poet Julia Kasdorf to offer workshop, poetry reading at Goshen College

Award-winning poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf will offer a poetry reading in the Church-Chapel Koinonia Room on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the reading, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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