The field of English encompasses the study of literature, composition, creative writing, and the English language itself. Newman’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to write well and read deeply so that they may communicate effectively, act nobly, and enrich the world through language and universal ideas.
Sara (Olson) Crow
English B.A. '07
Newman University's English program teaches not only the fundamentals of Western and world literature and the structure of language with a solid emphasis on creating quality writers, but it also teaches its students how to think critically ...and creatively. The lessons English students learn about analyzing literature and their writing reaches into daily life, empowering students to transform society by encouraging them toward critical thought that examines the core of our society, helps them to solve even mundane problems creatively, and encourages them to constantly aspire to discover the sublime in even the small moments of life.
Many Newman English major graduates have continued their studies to earn advanced degrees and have established themselves in an array of careers. Here are some examples (updated October 2014):
- Marketing Coordinator for UrbanGirl.com
- Director of Production at Vimeo.com
- Director of Program Services for Girl Scouts of Greater S. Texas
- Instructional Designer, NexLearn Immersive Learning Technology
- Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Immigration
- Senior Defense Research Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton
- Senior Counsel for Jacam Chemicals
- Special Agent for the FBI
- Copywriter and Community Manager at Paint Nite
- Rare Book Dealer & Contract Book Designer
- Archivist, Meadville Lombard Theological School
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Front End Engineer at Craftsy.com
- Courseware Writer/Editor for Computer Training Systems
- Payroll Coordinator for Conifer Health Solutions
- English Teacher, Goddard High School, KS
- English and Literature teacher, St. Mary's Middle School, Derby, KS
- Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher at Hadley Middle School, KS
- Teacher of English in Taiwan
- Ph.D., Poetry, University of North Texas
- J.D., Washburn University
- M.A., Clinical Psychology
- Pursuing Doctoral degree at University of Houston, Texas
- Pursuing M.A. in English at Kansas State University
English classes usually enroll 25 students or fewer. Students receive individualized instruction from dedicated, enthusiastic professors.
Students have opportunities to serve as editors for Newman’s annual literary journal publication, Coelacanth (formerly Sheridan Edwards Review), and as co-editors for the professional journal Archaeopteryx. English majors often serve as editors and staff writers for Newman’s weekly student newspaper, The Vantage. Students also pursue Cooperative Education/Internship experiences that help them hone oral and written communication skills with a variety of local employers.