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. Students 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.
The English major is built around a core of survey courses, but students 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 students to select the books they’ll explore in certain classes through a student-created syllabus. Doing so helps drive the inclusion of diverse voices. The English major culminates in a Senior Capstone that focuses on a subject area of the student’s choosing.
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.
There are a number of student groups and activities on campus that appeal directly to English majors and storytellers.
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.
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
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February 06, 2020
Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest according to Great Value Colleges.
“Finlandia is honored to be included in the list of the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, as presented by Great Value College,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi deYampert. “Finlandia is indeed a great value. We are the only liberal arts university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our tuition is competitive and the quality of […] Read More
December 12, 2019
Starting Fall 2020 students who are interested in creative writing will now be able to declare creative writing as a minor.
The creative writing minor is composed of five core classes that focus on fiction writing, poetry, creative non-fiction, a creative writing portfolio and contemporary literature. Along with these core classes, students are asked to choose from one of three different elective courses. Students can choose from a creative writing internship, the Philosophy of Self course, where students will write […] Read More