Department of English
At Millersville, we realize that choices don’t end with a college and a major. You will continue to make choices, and we want to prepare you not only for your academic life and your first job, but also for the long life you will navigate and the career(s) you will embark on after college.
This progressive development means preparing you to derive benefit from change, and possibly from aspects of the future we have yet to even imagine. To prepare you, we have developed an innovative curriculum to nurture your intellectual versatility to make you not only an innovative player in the environments you know, but also an up-and-coming professional in fields that may emerge.
Our community values this versatility, because it’s the foundation of positive change in all disciplines, and it’s also the basis of a life full of exploration, creativity, and innovation. We want not only to prepare you to tackle the issues of today, but also to give you the drive to keep learning to address the complexities of tomorrow.
Our intellectual community has developed around this principle, and if you envision yourself as a life-long learner, a spirited individual, and a maker of change, you will probably find your people here—classmates who question and engage, teachers who inspire and challenge, and an overall community committed to social justice and positive innovation.
Get Your Professional Swagger Here—Experience in the Field
Whatever you decide to do with your degree, we’d like to give you some experience before we launch you into your career.
Our Experiential Learning and Career Management Center will help you hone your academic learning on real-world activities. Under the guidance of Millersville University faculty, you will practice your skills in businesses on or off campus.
Fascinated by journalism? Hone your skills by interning on our award-winning newspaper, The Snapper.
Want to make changes in government? Work toward The Harrisburg Internship Semester to establish a network of professional contacts or intern at a government office.
Dedicated to non-profit? Intern at one of the many non-profit jobs available through ELCM.
Addicted to social media? Follow your multitasking mind into a career of engaging clients through your varied interests and abilities.
Love that research? Go deep into it at a market research or library internship.
Always wanted to be a teacher? We will develop your pedagogical potential into a professional ease under the guidance of our teacher-mentors in our Professional Development School.
Embrace Our Creative Community
Millersville University and its neighboring city of Lancaster value creativity in special ways.
For example, in Lancaster City, the first Friday of every month is dedicated to a celebration of art and culture downtown. The art galleries open, our Ware Center downtown holds art-centered events, and musicians take to the streets for a celebration of the life of the arts.
On campus, we have art shows, film series, invited speakers, and various creative events to encourage the exchange of ideas and of creative energies.
In the English Department, this energy manifests in several English-based endeavors.
For example, The George Street Press is our own literary magazine juried, organized, and published by our students.
The English Club features events for creative writers to get together, as well as events that promote cultural exchanges.
The Film Club offers films each semester to discuss ideas and issues presented in media. At times, they join with the Philosophy Society and other MU Clubs to explore interdisciplinary issues of common interest with films.
The University also offers many other creative clubs housed in other departments. If you don’t find your special interest, you can make your own proposal to start a club!
Become a more Thoughtful Fellow Human
The study of the humanities matters to our selves, to our democracy, to our world. At Millersville, we share the belief with Judith Butler that “we lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.”
In Butler’s 2013 commencement speech, she argues that the humanities transform our world views in ways that allow individuals in our society to be more thoughtful and to empathize/connect with others:
“The humanities allow us to learn to read carefully, with appreciation and a critical eye; to find ourselves, unexpectedly, in the middle of the ancient texts we read, but also to find ways of living, thinking, acting, and reflecting that belong to times and spaces we have never known. The humanities give us a chance to read across languages and cultural differences in order to understand the vast range of perspectives in and on this world. How else can we imagine living together without this ability to see beyond where we are, to find ourselves linked with others we have never directly known, and to understand that, in some abiding and urgent sense, we share a world?”
The development of critical thinking in the study of literature also connects to maintaining our democratic way of life. As Butler contends, "An active and sensate democracy requires that we learn how to read well, not just texts but images and sounds, to translate across languages, across media, ways of performing, listening, acting, making art and theory.”
At Millersville, we understand the significance of this responsibility to educate thoughtful citizens and people who will continue to think long and deep about their lives and the lives of those around them. We help you identify and develop the meaning of/in your life by instilling a love of curiosity, critical thinking, and life-long learning.
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