The written word in all its glory and complexity is the world of the student of English. Students may focus on either literature or writing, and those who love European culture before 1600 can explore KSC’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies program.
What ends up on the page is only part of the story. In English, students study the past, present, and future of the written word, from Augustine to Chaucer, from Shakespeare to Austen, from Dostoevsky to Baldwin, from Achebe to Erdrich. Literature raises important questions about humanity, justice, and morality, and, as a result, has the unique power of both reflecting and transforming the place, time, and culture in which it was created. In short: literature matters, and it always will. More about Program Overview
Over a third of our graduates receive a dual degree in English and Secondary Education, and another third are enrolled in the Elementary Education program. Many students choose a minor in addition to the major; we offer a thriving writing minor as well as a new Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor.
Faculty in the English department are literary scholars, creative writers, and specialists in rhetoric and composition. In addition to teaching, faculty in English serve as mentors and advisors, encouraging majors to apply for awards and scholarships, to join our local chapter of the English Honor society, to study abroad, or to enroll in internships. More about Department Faculty
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies program encourages students to celebrate the diversity and richness of the Middle Ages and the early modern period while promoting scholarship for both faculty and students. More about Medieval and Early Modern Studies
What do students do with a major in English? Our students have taken their rich analytical and creative problem-solving skills, their ability to write well, and their enthusiasm for language arts to further study at impressive graduate programs or to jobs as writers, editiors, teachers, journalists, lawyers, business people, and a wealth of other professions where their ability to write, think, and communicate well are critical assets. They’ve shown that their degree in English provides an intellectual background and readily transferable skills for a wide range of personal and professional endeavors. More about Life after KSC: What Our Grads Are Doing
What made the biggest difference in my career? ‘Learning to write, communicate, and process information.’
After 36 years in the television industry, I am forever grateful for the education I received at Keene State. As co-founder and Executive Chairman of Encompass Digital Media, a leader in worldwide video distribution, the communication skills I learned at Keene have been the most important resource in my business career. Encompass has facilities in Atlanta, New York, Stamford, Minneapolis, L.A., Singapore, London, and Buenos Aires. We originate over 850 24/7 television channels on a worldwide basis including 15 of the top 25 entertainment networks globally. We process and deliver over 25,000 hours of media daily (sports, news, digital media, etc.). When I am asked by one of our 1200 employees what made the biggest difference in my career, I reply: ‘Learning to write, communicate, and process information.’ I learned these disciplines at Keene State. It is great to see Keene State thriving.
The recent atrocities in Aleppo have drawn worldwide condemnation. While many view the prolonged Syrian Civil War from afar, Keene State alumna Jahleh Ghanbari ’08 got the opportunity to experience the culture of the city and its notable lost literary history after its walls lay in ruin. Ghanbari, an English…
“The girl screamed, the wind rustled, something moved in the night closer and closer; the moon hung heavily over the night, white as a pearl, blood dripped from Vlad’s mouth, the girl’s pale body hung in his hands, sparkling in the moonlight—he was a vampire, after all.” – Heather Fougere…
Growing up in Putney, Vermont, Jocelyn Lovering ’15 loved to write. “I always knew I wanted to be a writer,” she said. “I just didn’t know where that would take me.”
It took her to Keene State, where as an English major with a writing concentration, she not only got…
Do you remember your favorite bedtime stories? A Keene State junior who writes under the pen name Margaret Ellis Raymond certainly won’t forget the turn-out-the-light tales she told while working as a nanny for a young three-year-old child back home in Portland, Maine – because she’s published them.
Caitlyn McCain is an English Literature and Writing major at Keene State.
I chose English as my major before I chose my college. After I made my decision, one of my biggest pet peeves became everyone asking me, “What will you do with that? Teach?” It felt as if the…