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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Morningside's English and Rhetoric major is a robust program that offers preparation for nearly any professional endeavor. It offers students a love and understanding of language and literature; formal analysis; literary history; critical theory; research strategies; effective writing; and rigorous, respectful debate.

Degrees

English (B.A.)

Major

English Teaching (B.A.)

Major

English

Minor

Writing/ Creative Writing

Minor

Professional Writing

Minor

A Great Fit For

  • Individuals who enjoy expression, analysis, and creativity.
  • Those who thrive in a flexible educational environment.
  • People with a love of language, literature, and writing.
  • Innovators interested in exploring new ideas.
  • Anyone planning to work in a field requiring problem-solving skills.

THE MORNINGSIDE DIFFERENCE

Interships

Opportunities exist for students to take on internships both on and off campus with a variety of Morningside departments, nonprofits, local businesses, law firms, area theatres, magazine publishers, and more.

Travel

You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

Carry out service learning projects. Take part in Morningside’s award-winning Writing Day as you read work and discuss and share ideas. Take in visits from published writers. Attend poetry slams and spoken word events.

FEATURED COURSES

ELECTIVE

Survey of ancient Greek and Roman mythology as well as classical literature and drama.

REQUIRED

Students study a slice of American literary history (about 100 years), reading works by major authors in various genres. Through reading, discussion, and writing, students think critically about literature as art, tradition, and reflection of the American experience.

ELECTIVE

Satisfies Ethical Reasoning and Application Requirement. Theory and practice of rhetoric in several modes of composition and with emphasis on persuasion and style.

ELECTIVE

This course focuses on developing editing and publishing skills necessary for print and online mediums (e.g. magazines, journals, websites, etc.).

EMPHASIS AREAS

An emphasis enables you to specialize in a specific area within your chosen field of study, facilitating your development of in-depth knowledge and a competitive edge in the job market post-graduation.

MEET THE FACULTY

Leslie Werden

Leslie Werden

Professor

To witness the growth and increase in confidence of students from day one to commencement is the most rewarding part of working here.

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David Elder

David Elder

Associate Professor

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Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer Peterson

Associate Professor

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RELATED MAJORS & MINORS

Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.

WHY STUDY AT MORNINGSIDE?

13:1

student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you

99%

employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

65+

majors & pre-professional programs available

OUTCOMES

An English degree is versatile, and our graduates reflect the many paths you may take upon graduation. Students have gone on to attend graduate school at places such as the University of Iowa, Boston University, Purdue University, Princeton University, and many more. Even more students have launched professions in careers such as publishing and editing, law, teaching, business, nonprofit administration, grant writing, journalism, and marketing.

Next Steps

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