English at Aquinas College
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Why Study English?

The English major at Aquinas prepares you for your career and for life through the study of literature and language. In our English Literature major, you will meet some of the greatest writers in the world and keep pace with current trends in such fields as women’s studies, minority literatures, world literature in English, and film studies. Our English Major with a Writing Emphasis will develop written skills, vital in any field your future may hold. Our writing and journalism minors offer you opportunities to express yourself and bring your writing skills to professional levels, no matter your major.

  • 75%
    of English alumni go on to earn graduate degrees
  • 90%
    Employment Rate

Alumni include published writers Zarah Moeggenberg (poet), Scott Southard (fiction), and Kate Dernecoeur (nonfiction), and academics Jennifer Marquart (teaches English in the People’s Republic of China), James Bromley, Ph.D. (Miami University of Ohio) and Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Ph.D. (Director of the Writing Center at Black Hills University).


Courses include Harry Potter, jazz, utopias and dystopias, motherhood, gothic literature, and novels by Jane Austen.


Our full-time professors publish in Contemporary Literature, Graffiti Rag, Sulphur River Literary Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Leading Edge, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Language Arts Journal of Michigan, The Explicator, The Journal of General Education, and other journals.


Each year, the Contemporary Writers Series brings celebrated writers conduct workshops on campus, including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney; author of The English Patient Michael Ondaatje; recipient of the National Book Award Jaimy Gordon; and popular performance poet Sarah Kay.


English alumni are employed in such diverse fields as law, higher education, counseling and more.


“The Sampler” literary magazine, published by our department for 27 years, features work by fifty student writers and artists in each issue.


Writing Center Theory and Practice, trains consultants at the AQ Writing Center and provides valuable graduate education and future employment experiences.


Majors with a grade point average of 3.6 and demonstrated outstanding scholarly and creative work can be inducted into Sigma Tau Delta honors society. 

Shelby Denhof Shelby Denhof '14 has recently been accepted to the John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist, a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute for teachers. Held at Stanford University in California this year, participants will explore John Steinbeck in new, creative ways.

Denhof is currently teaching English at Rockford High School. While she was at Aquinas she majored in English and German and received her Secondary Education Certification.

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The English program at Aquinas served and continues to serve me well. Aquinas truly was a great place for me and the English Department provided me with an excellent education.
Caitlin Dillon '98