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Arts & Sciences

English

Language is power with a Bachelor of Arts in English

The world needs storytellers and critical thinkers. The English major fills that need.

 

 

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ENGLISH AS A DEGREE

Stories are a window into what is most important for people and studying literature will help carry you through your life and human relationships. English majors study literature from a range of periods and cultures in a variety of genres and forms, and also practice both creative and analytical writing.  As an English major, you’ll develop sophisticated critical reading, writing and speaking skills, cross-cultural fluency, and a firm grounding in the humanistic traditions of moral, intellectual and artistic work. A critical thinker can go into any field, but students who go into English are responding to the opportunity to tell their stories and respond to those of others.  

PERSONALIZED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The English major is built around a core of survey courses, but you have the opportunity to customize the electives to pursue the types of literature they are most interested in. Also unique to FinnU’s English program is the ability for you to select the books you’ll explore in certain classes through a student-created syllabus. Doing so helps drive the inclusion of diverse voices. The English degree culminates in a Senior Capstone that focuses on a subject area of your choosing.

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ENGLISH AS A CAREER

The small student-to-faculty ratio provides strong opportunities for mentorship and honing communication skills that can lead to a variety of different career paths.

English majors work in writing, editing, print and digital publishing, as well as education, business, politics and social services.  The English major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in education, the humanities or law school.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

There are a number of student groups and activities on campus that appeal directly to English majors and storytellers.

CAMPUS READ

Every year, students, faculty, staff and the community come together around a single book.The author visits campus to give a reading and engage in dialogue with classes and student groups.

HELSINKI SLANG LITERARY MAGAZINE

The Helsinki Slang Literary Magazine is written and edited by students. The students who work on the magazine enjoy creative writing and sharing their work.

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH WRITE-INS

Write-ins provide students and faculty a time to focus solely on writing and obtain feedback on their writing. Join the faculty and fellow students in the library every November as they participate in a write-in and celebrate the joys of writing as a community.

“Finlandia prepared me for my career by helping me form the kernel of interest that would eventually become my Creative Writing focus, and by providing me with mentors who took a truly active approach toward my studies by always encouraging me to read more, write more, and learn more whenever possible.”

Max Malone ('14)

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ENGLISH IN THE NEWS

Dr. Broemer to Present in the 18th Annual Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference at the University of Helsinki in Dec.

November 24, 2020

Suomi College of Arts & Sciences adjunct professor Dr. Marlene Broemer received her doctorate from the University of Helsinki in Comparative Literature and will return to her alma mater virtually for the biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference in North American Studies. Dr. Broemer’s doctoral studies were on the works of the modernist Finnish poet, Edith Södergran and the Russian, Anna Akhmatova, at the time of the Finnish Civil War […] Read More

English alum Max Malone’s success provides the #spookyseason you’ve been seeking

October 26, 2020

Max Malone (’14), has been busy since graduating from Finlandia University with a degree in English. He’s held a number of jobs including being a tutor, a survey drafter and fiber designer, content producer and creative writer. In 2018, Malone graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature. He has written numerous episodes for the renowned fictional horror podcast, the NoSleep Podcast, and also recently wrote two 15-episode seasons […] Read More

SCAS Lecture Series 2020
SCAS to Host Spring Lecture Series Beginning in March

February 27, 2020

Finlandia University’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) will be hosting a lecture series showcasing four assistant professors from mid-March until early April in the Chapel of St.Matthew. The Assistant Professors presenting include Dr. Jeff Pettibone (Psychology), Dr. Patricia Grosse (Philosophy), Dr. Mike Reay (Sociology), and Dr. Carolyn Dekker (English). The lectures are free and open to the public.

SCAS Lecture Series Schedule Thursday, March 12, 4:30 PM

“Finding Yourself in […] Read More

ENGLISH GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Global Perspective: Identify, summarize and classify significant works of literature and explain their importance within a global framework.
  • Analytic and Critical Thinking, Communication: Produce original, sophisticated, clear and revised judgments on a range of literary texts and topics.
  • Personal Perspective, Global Perspective, Analytic and Critical Thinking: Summarize and analyze the reception of various texts in both their own period and the present. Relate the texts and their reception to relevant issues and themes.
  • Creative Insight: Formulate and use interdisciplinary approaches to synthesize and produce sophisticated and novel arguments with scholarly potential.
  • Communication, Analytic and Critical Thinking: Construct and argue positions related to a range of topics in literature. Demonstrate ability to articulate the value of both the positions themselves AND the process of knowledge production and dissemination in the field of literature and writing.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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Faculty and Staff

Carolyn Dekker

Assistant Professor, English

carolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu

Mark Lounibos

Associate Professor, English

mark.lounibos@finlandia.edu

Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences

jason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu
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