Messiah English majors are quite active on campus and off: they write for--and edit--the "Minnemingo Review" and "The Swinging Bridge" (see tabs to the right); they work at Murray Library or the campus Writing Center; and they often work in service-projects (a current senior English major edits the newsletter for the Messiah College collaboratory). Many senior English majors have semester-long internships at local publishers, magazines, and businesses.
Messiah's study abroad options are plentiful, although most English majors choose one of our England programs - click on the "study abroad" option to the left for details.
For the many career possiblities an English major prepares you for, click on the "after graduation" option to the left.
Being a part of the English Department at Messiah means more than just attending class. As an English major, you will become a part of a vibrant community of readers and writers. Whether attending a reading in the Poets & Writers Series, publishing your own work in the Minnemingo Review, writing a column for the Swinging Bridge, or taking advantage of internship and study abroad programs, you will never run out of exciting, meaningful opportunities to engage your passion for your discipline.
The Minnemingo Review is a biannual literary journal containing poetry, prose, and artwork, crafted and edited by Messiah students. Send your best work, or become an editor yourself!
The Swinging Bridge is the student-run campus newspaper. Develop your writing and editing skills by working as a reporter, feature writer, section editor, or senior editor.
Poets and Writers
The English Department sponsors the Poets & Writers Series, a series devoted to bringing important and nationally recognized authors to campus for readings, class visits, and workshops. Visiting writers have included such luminaries as Amy Tan, Robert Pinsky, Li-Young Lee, Jennifer Egan, and many others.
The Paul W. Nisly Endowment, a tribute to the legacy of the English Department’s long-time member and chair, was created to promote further understanding of the writing and study of literature as a form of Christian vocation. It especially promotes activities that encourage inquiry into how this vocation is related to the task of peacemaking, the quest for social justice, and the work of reconciliation of human beings to one another and to God.
Like most Messiah students, English majors typically spend a semester abroad or go on a three-week cross-cultural study tour. The link above will give you the full spectrum of opportunities, and over the past ten years Messiah English majors have spent entire semesters in England, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Thailand, Belize, and Kenya.
Most English majors, however, select one of three England programs. Messiah English majors are very competitive in gaining admittance into high demand programs at Oxford University.
English majors are uniquely prepared to succeed in a wide variety of dynamic vocations. In recent years, our majors have engaged in internships at all kinds of business and non-profit agencies, including ABC 27 News, Central PA Magazine, CURE International, the Kimmel Center, Morehouse Publishing, Scribe Publishing, William Penn High School, and Women Against Abuse.
More more information, please visit the Messiah College Internship Center.