English students talk about their experiences in the classroom and beyond.
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Senior Lee Borocz-Johnson tests his intellectual mettle in the “high-octane academic atmosphere” of Oxford.
Elmhurst College English Professor Ann Frank Wake and others talk about the art of teaching.
An English major at Elmhurst can take you just about anywhere. Whether you’re looking for a career as a writer, a professor, an attorney, an editor or a manager, our program will prepare you to succeed. That’s because we help you build the skills that are necessary in any field—skills like critical thinking, problem solving, professional writing and how to succeed in a diverse society—and then show you how to translate those skills into a career.
New minors in journalism, professional and multimedia writing, rhetoric and theory, creative writing, and literature, in addition to the open minor, complement any field and let employers know of your superior critical thinking and writing skills.
Elmhurst offers plenty of opportunities to gain professional experience as a writer or editor. You might write for The Leader, Elmhurst’s award-winning, student-run newspaper, or serve on the staff of (or see your work published in) MiddleWestern Voice, the College’s full-color journal of literature and the arts. If you’re interested in teaching, you could serve as a peer writing tutor in the Learning Center. Want to travel? We’ll take you to Oxford to study at the university’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for which we have need-based scholarships funded by the Swords family.
Our student-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 ensures that you’ll develop close relationships with your professors. A faculty member—never a teaching assistant—teaches every course here. Classes are small; discussions are lively and intense.