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School of English Studies

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

Complete List of English Major Options

Noteworthy News in the School of English Studies


  • 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).  
  • Bonnie Pipkin (Adjunct Professor) YA debut novel, "Aftercare Instructions," scheduled to be published by Flatiron Books June 2017. Pre-order at
  • 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." 
Current Events in the School of English Studies


  • Monday & Tuesday, October 24 and 25. Convocation for all English Majors. 
  • Tuesday, November 1. The 7th Annual Kean University Halloween Lecture On the History of the Occult: “Black Cats, Haunted Houses, Live Burials, Ravens, Vampires, and Mummies: Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween” by Dr. John Gruesser, School of English Studies, Kean Liberty Hall Carriage House, 3:15pm. Sponsored by the Department of History. Open to the public.

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