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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The Record and Red Cents receive state awards

Goshen College students involved with campus publications were recently honored for their work at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) competition for print media. ICPA presented awards at its annual conference on April 11 in Indianapolis. Among the winners were staff members of The Record, the student newspaper, and Red Cents, the student arts journal.

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GC students publish Pinchpenny Press chapbooks

Goshen College’s Pinchpenny Press released four student chapbooks, an anthology of nonfiction essays and a creative arts magazine this month. Pinchpenny Press publishes chapbooks for students, faculty and friends of Goshen College. The program began in 1969 and has since produced 188 books.

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Marta Brunner '89 named head librarian at Skidmore College

Marta Brunner, head of collections, research and instructional services in the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA, has been named the new college librarian at Skidmore College.

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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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