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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 communication-oriented careers in business, the arts, and the community. 

Complete List of English Major Options


Noteworthy News in the School of English Studies


  • Robert Mesce Jr. (Adjunct Professor) published Four Days to Trinity (Endeavour Press 2018).
  • Gabriel Ertsgaard (Lecturer) published a poem, Death of a Baseball Fan, in the online magazine, Haibun Today and another poem, Paul Bunyan and the Whirlwind Mountain, in the online magazine Abyss & Apex. Both March 2018.
  • Richonda Fegins (English, Class of 2018) graduated valedictorian at the Students of African Heritage 2018 Commencement. Congratulations!
  • Daniel Gover (Professor) co-produced, Children of Drum, a documentary accepted in the Africa World Documentary Festival. It will be shown at the University of Ghana, Legon February 19-23; University of the West Indies, Barbados March 3-8; Lagos, Nigeria March 22-25; Molefi Kete Asante Institute, Philadelphia April 13-15; Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa April 30-May 5.
  • John Byrnes (Class of 2018) Kean University English Major, has published his review of the Roundabout Theatre Company's spring production of The Price in this 2017 fall edition of The Arthur Miller Journal. 
  • Shannon Case, (Adjunct Professor) developed with her students a booklet of poetry: Inspired by Sappho: Dr. Case's World Literature Students Create Poems from Sappho's Fragment 16A. Check it out here.
  • Nicole Melleby, (Adjunct Professor) and Bonnie Pipkin, (Adjunct Professor) will have YA author, Eliot Schrefer visit in person in class on Friday, December 1st, 2017. 12:30-2:00pm. CAS 106, Lecture Hall. 
  • Kristen Calderoni (English, Class of 2018) Kean University English Major, is interning at Audible Addixion. Check out her work here.
  • Christina Masucci (English, Class of 2018) Kean University English Major, is interning at Audible Addixion. Check out her work here
  • Dean Casale Associate Professor, published Black-Leather Voyager in the journal, Coldnoon. September 2017. 
  • John Cullen Gruesser (Professor) co-edited, THE HINDERED HAND by Sutton E. Griggs (A Scholarly Edition) with Hanna Wallinger. 
  • Bonnie Pipkin (Adjunct Professor) YA debut novel, Aftercare Instructions, published by Flatiron Books, June 2017. Order at
  • Mia Zamora Assistant Professor, awarded a 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).  
  • 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


  • April 5, 2018. Internships in 2018. Information Session; 3:15pm - 4:30pm. CAS 310. Flyer. 
  • March 26, 2018. The School of English Studies presents Career Development Session #1: Careers in English. Speakers will include: Mariela Valdez-Cordero, Editorial Assistant, Cambridge University Press; Andrew Rimby, Doctoral Student, English, Stony Brook University; Christina Mastroeni, Lecturer, Business & Professional Writing, KU. 3:15-4:30pm, CAS 310. Flyer.
  • February and May 2018: Children of Drum documentary, accepted in the Africa World Documentary Festival. Co-produced by Dr. Daniel Gover. This film will be shown at the following locations between February and May: University of Ghana, Legon February 19-23; University of the West Indies, Barbados March 3-8; Lagos, Nigeria March 22-25; Molefi Kete Asante Institute, Philadelphia April 13-15; Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa April 30-May 5.
  • February 22, 2018. Dr. Dean Casale (Associate Professor) and The Kean University Faculty Seminar invite faculty to February's discussion: Hannah Arendt and the Vexed Responsibilities of the Bystander. Human Rights Institute Room 201 at 3:20 pm. Fyer.
  • December 1, 2017. Nicole Melleby (Adjunct Professor) and Bonnie Pipkin, (Adjunct Professor) will have YA author, Eliot Schrefer discuss his novels. 12:30-2:00pm. CAS 106, Lecture Hall.
  • November 4, 2017. All students are invited to a Blank Slate Magazine New Play-In-Progress Reading about college students anxiety/depression, relationships and human rights. 3:00-5:00pm. CAS 340. Flyer
  • October 21, 2017. Arthur Miller Birthday Commemoration. Saturday. Sponsered by the Arthur Miller Society. Flyer
  • October 11, 2017. Book reading/signing for THE HINDERED HAND by Sutton E. Griggs (A Scholarly Edition). Edited by John Cullen Gruesser and Hanna Wallinger. At the Kean Barnes & Noble on Morris Ave on Wednesday, at 6:00 pm. Flyer
  • September 25 & 28, 2017. CONVOCATION. For ALL current and prospective English Majors. Monday and Thursday during college hour 3:20 pm - 4:30 pm. Flyer.
  • September 16, 2017. WRITING STUDIES PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE. Saturday starts at 10:00 am. Flyer.
  • July 3-July 25, 2017. INVITATIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE 2017. Online and F2F. Apply today. Earn 6 graduate credits this summer. 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.
  • April 27, 2017. Awards Ceremony for the School of English Studies.  
  • April 20, 2017. Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society Induction.
  • 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.
  • December 6, 2016. Teaching Literature Through Classroom Discussion: The Old Man and the Sea, A Case Study. College Hour 3:20-4:30 pm. CAS 342.
  • December 01, 2016. English and Writing Studies Exploration Session. 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Kean Hall Room 130. Register
  • November 18, 2016. 10:00 am. Peter Balakian and the Poetry of Witness. NAAB Auditorium.

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