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English ProgramDive down Alice’s rabbit hole into a wonderland where the adventures are grand, the people distinctive, and the language wondrous strange. Become an English major at Defiance College.

One of the most important skills a student can derive from college is the ability to think and read critically. Facts or specific skills are fairly easily mastered. The ability, however, to organize a diverse collection of facts and ideas in thoughtful, inventive, and beneficial ways is a rare skill. Add to that the ability to clearly communicate meaningful and creative ideas to a diverse audience, and you have an English graduate who is ready to take on the challenges of a complex and ever-changing world. 
Students deepen their knowledge of a variety of literature and grow their skills in critical thinking, writing, and interpretation. 

Benefits of the Program
Progeny, the student-run Defiance College literary magazine, offers English majors a unique opportunity to do professional-style editing while on campus. Other opportunities sponsored by the English Department include museum and conference trips, the yearly spring Animarathon (anime festival) in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Defiance College Anime Club, and the Defiance College Cosplay Club. Students are invited to the annual SwampFire Retreat, which is organized by members of the English Department for professional writers and artists. At the conference and retreat, students work and present alongside professional scholars and creative writers. In addition, all graduating seniors in English get to add their pre-professional presentation at the Academic Colloquium to their resumes.

Such experiences help make Defiance College English majors highly competitive in the job market and positions them well for graduate school funding.

Publication Opportunities
Progeny - the Defiance College literary and photography magazine that invites submissions from students, staff, faculty, and their family members to be published in a bi-annual literary and photography magazine. Poetry, short stories, and photos are common submissions for the magazine.
The Defender -  the Defiance College newspaper for news from and related to campus.


Related Programs
The English B.A. is deliberately designed to complement a second major in such areas as designcommunication studiesbusiness administrationhistory, and religious studies. At Defiance, professors work closely with students to develop their thinking, writing, and creative abilities in a context that is sensitive to current trends in the discipline as well as to the larger, media-driven world.

Minor in English
The minor in English is a balance of literature and writing courses and totals 18 hours. It is designed to address the interests of students who enjoy literature and the ideas that are part of literary study. The minor in English can be used to deepen the critical thinking skills of students in pre-law and can benefit those whose professional goals include well-styled language.


English major

After College — What’s Next?
English is ranked in the top ten college majors, according to research on trends in job opportunities and salaries (The Princeton Review). A major in English positions a student well for a career in law, business, public relations, nonprofit organization, journalism, diplomacy, public policy, publishing, information/library science, advertising, management, or sales. The critical thinking and communication skills of English majors are highly prized by a wide range of professions.

Defiance College English graduates have landed positions in grant writing, library science, student life (at the college level), editing, business, biology research, banking, and the law. 

The English major is accredited as a major of Defiance College by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central region.

In Their Own Words
"If I had to pick my favorite part about the English major, it is the professors. Their goal is to see you be the best you can be and they push you to achieve that. They made me feel like I was getting a great degree in English, even though it could be hard at times. Even when things were difficult, they still always found a way to make things exciting, fun, and worthwhile."
--Bianca Relue, DC Alumna

"Since my husband was in the military, I attended four undergraduate colleges. I can say hands-down that Defiance College provided the most comprehensive education, especially through the amazing faculty in the English Department. MC and Todd gave me an education that prepared me for graduate school, and provided a foundation in the discipline that is unparalleled, even in comparison to my graduate work."
--Eva English, DC Alumna

"The English department of Defiance College is a true community of creative souls who have a passion for language arts of all sorts: creative writing, film, graphic novels, anime, journalism, videogames. I am privileged to collaborate with such talented students. And so proud of how my students apply their amazing skills in classes, at conferences, and then in truly interesting jobs."
--Dr. Harper

MC Harper, Ph.D.
Professor of English
McCann Chair in the Humanities

Phone: 419-783-2461

Todd A. Comer, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Director of Composition
Phone: 419-783-2348