English and Writing

Words shape the narrative of humanity. They have the ability to reach across time and distance, build bridges or deepen divides, immortalize ideas and provide a wide-reaching record of the human experience. In Carroll University’s English and Writing program, you’ll discover their power and come away with a better understanding of the world and your place in it.

“I'm captivated by the stories we tell...”
— Linda Braus '18

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About the English and Writing Major

Wherever there is communication, there is an opportunity for an English and writing major.

What can you do with a degree in English and writing? You may be interested in teaching, writing, editing, research or laying the foundation for a master’s or doctoral degree in any discipline. Those are only the beginning of your options. From journalism to public relations to advertising to business and so much more, English and writing majors graduate with the kinds of skills and knowledge that open doors to a variety of careers.
 

You’ll expand your outlook while gaining practical skills.

Carroll University's English and writing program trains you to integrate and organize ideas logically, to research and analyze complex information and to communicate effectively. You’ll develop the critical and creative reading, writing and thinking skills that inform understanding on a deeper level. Through small discussion and workshop-based classes, you’ll gain a strong foundation in literature and writing, with opportunities to focus on your specific areas of interest. 

Courses range from Native American literature to science fiction, great author studies including Shakespeare and Toni Morrison, and electives including the Victorian period, film studies, post-colonial literature and creative writing. We’ll expose you to different and new ways of thinking that challenge established beliefs and provide opportunities to study in a variety of forms, from books and manuscripts to film and digital media. That leads to the discovery of important interrelationships and the development of intellectually curiosity.

You’ll sharpen your writing skills through courses you’d expect such as fiction and poetry. But there are plenty of opportunities to stretch when you explore topics such as grant writing for non-profits, journalistic writing, creating stories for online gaming, writing for health and natural sciences and more.

  • Presenting at regional and national academic conferences
  • Building resumes and experience through on- and off-campus internships
  • Becoming part of a vibrant community in which students publish and present in a variety of venues, including the student newspaper, the university’s art and literary journal and local open mic nights
  • Participating in cultural events sponsored by the department, including The Distinguished Visiting Author series, the Wisconsin Book Festival and the United Nations film festival.

Minors

In addition to the major, Carroll offers three minors in English and writing that complement many areas of study:

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Waukesha County Clerk Office
  • MessagingLab (marketing/communications firm in NYC)
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
  • Adoption Resources of Wisconsin
  • Waukesha Freeman
  • Law firms
  • Special Needs Adoption Network
  • M Magazine
  • Waukesha Literacy Council
  • Kohl’s Corporate

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Latest Program News

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Senior Linda Braus selected to participate in Folger Shakespeare Library Workshop

Linda Braus, a senior with a double major in English and communication, was chosen to participate in a highly selective workshop hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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English professor publishes essays on Strange Science

Dr. Lara Karpenko has publication featured in the University of Michigan Press.

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“I now consider writing my greatest strength in the professional world.”
— Sarah Stock '18

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Meet the Faculty

B.J. Best

B.J. Best

Associate Professor of English




Dr. Tim Galow

Dr. Tim Galow

Associate Professor of English




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Dr. Lara Karpenko

Associate Professor of English




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Dr. Deirdre Keenan

Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages




Dr. Barbara Kilgust

Dr. Barbara Kilgust

Lecturer in English and Writing




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