Department Highlights

Department of English

Read. Write. Reflect. Commit.

As part of Malone University's College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences, the Department of English centers itself in the tradition of liberal learning that believes an educated person who is thoughtful, inventive, well-read, and skilled in spoken and written communication,  is best equipped not only for the workplace, but to lead a rewarding and choice worthy life.

So if you love literature, if you want to write, if you desire to grow in knowledge and intellectual maturity, join us as we study the best texts and tackle together perennial questions that have occupied writers and readers. As Mark Twain supposedly said, "The one who does not read good books has no advantage over the one who can’t read them."

This is the real world

Business owners and employers, routinely surveyed about what they want in employees, cite intangible qualities like creativity, adaptability, people-smarts and an ability to collaborate with others. They are more than happy to train people in the specifics, but what they want are people who know how to think, know how to write, and are confident in their ability to learn. This is what a major in the liberal arts can provide.

Students in the English and Creative Writing majors enter a variety of careers, particularly those valuing creativity, writing and communication skills, and critical thinking. 

Some graduates go directly to serve in business, non-profit organizations, and government, while others pursue graduate degrees in such areas as law, ministry, or the humanities.

So while the best reason to be studying English is to spend time reading deeply, asking questions, mastering a skill or craft, and developing as a person, our majors position themselves to go into many fields: teaching and publishing, law and government, business and industry.

Special Programs

University Writers Series

The University Writers Series brings accomplished writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to campus each semester to read from their work or work-in-progress and as often as possible to conduct workshops on elements of craft. Through the Writers Series Seminar (ENG 325) students read the works of visiting writers and have opportunities to meet with them.

First Year Writing Center

The Writing Center @ Malone trains and employs departmental majors to help fellow students with their writing. Majors who serve in the center develop teaching and communication skills and may find their own writing skills advancing as well

Literary Publication

The Student Writers Guild is a student-led cooperative which publishes The Quaker, a national undergraduate literary review. The guild also operates Café Dante, an organic coffee and tea bar.

Student Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society in English. The Malone University chapter, Alpha Ro Iota, organizes social events, outings to theater performances, and community service.

Festivals and Conferences

Many opportunities exist for students to travel to local and regional conferences. Trips are regularly planned to the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing and to see plays, films, and literary readings around the region.