School of English Studies
The School of English Studies promotes a wide knowledge of American and English literature as well as the development of skills in analysis, research, and writing. The course of study prepares students to succeed in the professional workplace, where superior communication skills are especially valued. The course of study also prepares students for the undertaking of law school or graduate work in literature. The study of English serves as an excellent second major for students planning teaching careers in early childhood and elementary education, the development of literacy being such a prominent part of the school curriculum at these levels. (State regulations require a second major in the liberal arts for teacher certification in these fields.) To learn more visit the School of English Studies website.
The major also offers options in writing and teacher certification for teaching English on the secondary level. The writing option provides extensive and personalized course plans in all types of creative and applied writing including journalism. The teacher certification option comprises the same course plan as that for the Standard Option along with an additional course in Young Adult Literature.
Extracurricular life as an English major is rich and extensive. The School of English Studies sponsors the honor society Sigma Tau Delta and other groups which help organize such activities as theater trips to New York, student symposiums, and visits by distinguished writers. Outlets for student writing are readily available through Creation Space, a student literary magazine and website sponsored by the School of English Studies.
The School of English Studies routinely offers internships in publishing and journalism, as well as honors courses and opportunities for independent study on an advanced level.
The School’s faculty includes widely-published scholars and creative writers with degrees from such prominent institutions as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Oxford, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin. The faculty is also noted as distinguished teachers with a preference for interactive instruction, student participation and personal mentoring.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Situated in the School of English Studies, the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program at Kean University serves non-native speakers of English who are admitted to the university but need additional development in English in order to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree.