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The English major offers study in writing, linguistics, and literature (including foreign literature in English translation). It also includes opportunities for internships in publishing, professional writing, and journalism. The major is designed to provide a basis for a number of career paths: for graduate study in English, law, or journalism; for secondary school teaching; and for communications-oriented careers in business, the arts, and the community. 

Complete List of English Major Options

Current Events in the School of English Studies


  • March 30, 2017. David Galef, author of books such as Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, Kanji Poems, and My Date with Neanderthal Woman, will be reading his work, sharing how he goes through his creative process, and speaking with students. Flyer.
  • June 26-July 31, 2017. WRITER’S BOOT CAMP. A Kean University Writing Project Advanced Summer Institute. A 3 graduate credit, 5-week intensive summer writing course. Flyer.
  • July 3-July 25, 2017. INVITATIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE 2017. Online and F2F. Apply today. Earn 6 graduate credits this summer. Flyer.
  • Date TBA. Discussions on Literary Studies & Pedagogy Series. College Hour 3:20-4:30pm. CAS 342.
  • On-going. POW Prisoners of Words/The Poetry Club. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30p. CAS 311. 
Noteworthy News in the School of English Studies


  • Mia Zamora, Assistant Professor, awarded Fulbright Foundation grant in Digital Culture academic year 2017-2018. She will be a visiting scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her Fulbright research project is entitled, Networks & Narratives: Participatory Culture and Digital Storytelling
  • Robert Mesce, Jr. (Adjunct Professor) article published in The Writer's Chronicle: "What Do You Mean You Can't Do It?" The Myth of Show and Tell" (December 2016).
  • Zev Shanken (Adjunct Professor) new book of poetry release, Memory Tricks. Order at
  • André Melvin Jones Jr., Kean University graduate student, was recently awarded a 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, one of only 10 in the nation. Read the article on the My Central Jersey website: "Woodbridge graduate student receives Dream Award."
  • Robert Mesce, Jr. (Adjunct Professor) new book release, No Rule That Isn’t a Dare: How Writers Connect with Readers, (Serving House Books 2016) and "Idols, Icons, and Illusions:  The Moves We Love – and Love to Hate – and the People Who Made Them,"  (Stephen F. Austin University Press 2015).  
  • Bonnie Pipkin (Adjunct Professor) YA debut novel, Aftercare Instructions, scheduled to be published by Flatiron Books June 2017. Pre-order at
  • Robert Carnevale (Adjunct Professor) receives Faculty Fellowship from Graduate College of Drew University. Read the article on the Drew University website: "Drew’s Caspersen School Names Fellowship Winner." 
Past Events in the School of English Studies


  • Friday, November 18. 10am. Peter Balakian and the Poetry of Witness. NAAB Auditorium.
  • Thursday, December 01. English and Writing Studies Exploration Session. 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Kean Hall Room 130. Register
  • Tuesday, December 6. Teaching Literature Through Classroom Discussion: The Old Man and the Sea, A Case Study. College Hour 3:20-4:30pm. CAS 342.
  • On-going. POW Prisoners of Words/The Poetry Club. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30p. CAS 311. 

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