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English Program

Part of the English & Modern Languages Department

Finding Your Voice

As a Taylor English scholar, you will have opportunities to dig deeper into canonical literary works and refine the way you communicate. As an artist, you will be encouraged to experiment with your writing style and find your written voice. Through our concentrations in Creative Writing, Literature or English Education, you will develop skills in critical inquiry, analysis, and storytelling—abilities that will propel you further in your career aspirations.

You will also receive encouragement, challenges, opportunities, and mentorship from peers and experienced English faculty who are dedicated to seeing you grow. Our faculty are experts and practicing artists, passionate about sharing their love for literature and creative writing.

With a 97 percent career placement rate, the English program has connections to businesses and organizations that are eager to hire Taylor students.

See for Yourself

Listen to Professor Dr. Aaron Housholder talk about the many opportunities that the Taylor English program offers.

The Perfect Publishing Environment

English majors enrolled in the Parnassus and Relief classes spend a lot of time in the Relief room, a space in Reade Liberal Arts Center dedicated to the literary journals and English students. With a conference table, a lounge area, and shelves of books, the Relief room is an ideal space for acquisition and editorial discussions.

Filling in the Future Pages

Grad Programs

Some of the careers our students pursue require a graduate degree. Taylor English graduates have attended the following graduate programs:

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Ball State University
  • Boston University
  • Harvard School of Theology
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University

Career Opportunities

English majors graduate as effective communicators, storytellers, and critical thinkers equipped for a wide range of career opportunities. You will be prepared to work as an author, lawyer, museum curator, journalist, teacher, publicist, librarian, editor—and more—in a variety of fields such as education, law, journalism, marketing, music, public relations, or government.

Department News

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English Majors Primed for Competitive Job Market

Feb 15, 2024

With highly transferable skills like critical thinking, analyzing information, and creativity, studying English can open countless doors. 

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Alumna Sees God at Work in War

May 04, 2023

Jenny Shaffer ’08 works at Operation Mobilization (OM), an international missions organization with workers in 147 countries, as the Director of Global Creative Networks.

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National Literary Journal Housed at Taylor

Feb 16, 2023

Relief Journal, a national literary journal of art and faith, is housed in the English Program, where Taylor students and faculty make up the majority of the staff.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Carie King

Department Chair & Associate Professor of English

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Daniel Bowman Jr.

Associate Professor of English

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Melinda Clester

English & Modern Languages Program Assistant

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Kelli Cummings

Assistant Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center

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Nancy Dayton

Dean of Arts & Humanities

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Aaron Housholder

Professor of English

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Lorne Mook

Associate Professor of English

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Colleen Warren

Professor of English