Standing (left to right): Dr. Jared Johnson, Prof. Brenda DelMaramo, Dr. Mary Theresa Hall, and Dr. Mark DelMaramo. Seated: Prof. Justin Jakovac and Dr. Chris Moinet, Chair.
Chair: Dr. Chris Moinet
Why choose an English major at Thiel College? Click here.
The major in English is designed to acquaint students with the literary heritage of global culture, to deepen their understanding and appreciation of that heritage, and to enhance their ability to communicate effectively by means of the spoken and written word.
I would like to thank the English Department at Thiel College for providing me with an exceptional foundation for graduate school. I am now attending the Master’s Program in English at Gannon University, and I find that I am extremely prepared for the classes and course material. In fact, I am surprised to discover that some of my classmates do not have nearly the same foundation in English as I do. Furthermore, the English Department allowed me to improve my leadership and communication skills through Sigma Tau Delta and The Phoenix, two well-known entities on campus, and the Literary New England trip, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
In addition to the department organizations, the faculty afforded me with outstanding role models in teaching, since I am also teaching Freshman Composition as a Teaching Assistant. Students who are English majors and minors at Thiel are challenged more and more as they progress to upper-level courses; the students who embrace the challenge are the ones who succeed when they move beyond their undergraduate education. I embraced the challenge, and I am fortunate and grateful for the wonderful education I received from the English Department.
Sheila Gross, Class of 2010
First-Year English Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant, and Assistant Writing Center Director
My classes are wonderful. I've seen a drastic improvement in terms of comprehension in all of my kids from the beginning of the year to this point in the year. I think that by being a role model first and someone they can trust, the possibilities are endless when it comes to understanding, which is a trait that I learned from the English Department at Thiel. Take care.
Michael S. Stimac, Jr., Class of 2008
I just wanted to send my thanks to the department for the outstanding job you did in preparing me for my teaching career and graduate school. I have been both shocked and surprised to discover that many students in my graduate-level English classes are apparently unfamiliar with concepts like the critical approaches, linguistics, communication skills, and even (gasp) MLA format -- all of which are cornerstones of Thiel's English curriculum. Additionally, the Thiel English department provides an excellent service with its Sigma Tau Delta chapter. The university I attend is trying to rejuvenate its chapter, and there were only two students in the room who even knew that such an organization exists. Once again, I would like to thank you and the department for your contributions to my undergraduate education. I can't say I appreciated everything at the time, but looking back, I am truly grateful for the consistency and rigor of Thiel's English program. Thanks.
I am writing to thank you for all your help during my time at Thiel College, especially with regard to presentations. I gave my first presentation for my graduate program and got a combined 95% for the paper and PowerPoint. Throughout the semester, I will have several more presentations, including one for the entire STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Thank you so much for
Denver Goodman, Class of 2007
The English Language class I took [at Thiel] is currently serving me well with a student in my class. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken neck and a broken back while serving overseas in the military. The result was a form of Broca’s aphasia that is making my class a challenge for him, and I am using the information from the Linguistics class, as well as some research I did on my own, to help him with the assignments and the re-acquisition of grammatical skills. The going is slow, but with each assignment his ideas are coming through more clearly. Again, thank you so much for blessing me with the education that I received in your classes at Thiel.
Jennifer Simon, Class of 2006
Associate Course Director of English Composition, Full Sail University
Students interested in pursuing studies in English are eligible for various scholarships:
Louise Beil Maglisceau ’29 Endowed Scholarship
Given by the sons of this devoted 1929 alumna, this scholarship honors her love of teaching English. Upperclass students from Pennsylvania, New York, or Ohio who have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and have declared a major in English, or are pursuing a career in teaching regardless of major, are eligible. The recipient is chosen by the Scholarship Committee.
The Heisenbuttel Award in English Language and Literature in Memory of Ernest, Jean and Robert
This award is presented to a junior English major with demonstrated superior academic achievement who, in the judgment of the English department faculty, holds most promise of success in the field of English language and literature and who, in his or her time at Thiel, has demonstrated service to the department.
The Robert Heissenbuttel Professor of English Endowed Scholarship
The Robert Heissenbuttel Professor of English Endowed Scholarship will provide an annual award to a minimum of two full-time Thiel College student(s)who fulfill the following requirements: Is an upper class student majoring in English, Who maintains a 3.0 Cumulative GPA, Who demonstrates financial need. Distribution of the scholarship will be through the Financial Aid office of Thiel College. Selection is through the Scholarship Committee at Thiel College. The award may be used for student tuition, fees, and room or board, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
English Department Honors
English majors who have attained a 3.4 grade point average in their English courses are awarded the designation of Departmental Honors at Commencement.
English Department Organizations
All students interested in the field of English are welcome to join the English Club. In addition to serving as officers of this organization, students also enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded aficionados of literature, poetry, and writing; attend movies and discussions of topics related to literature and language; sponsor writing workshops, often for area high school students; and, at the end of the spring semester, sponsor a Faculty Appreciation dinner.
Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honorary society that has served the English discipline for 75 years. It is represented at Thiel by the Alpha Iota Kappa chapter. Students who attend Thiel for three semesters, who maintain a 3.0 in their English courses, and a 3.0 GPA are eligible for membership and participate in a spring induction ceremony. In addition to being involved in a host of activities, these students attend and participate in English conferences, sponsor campus activities, sponsor the campus literary journal The Phoenix. Students also serve as tutors in the Writing Center and peer mentors. Around or on Shakespeare’s birthday, the society sponsors a Senior Farewell Appreciation Dinner for the members of the society who are graduating. (Please see Sigma Tau Delta web page for more information.)
The Phoenix is the creative literary and artistic journal at Thiel. All members of the Thiel community, including Thiel alumni, are welcome to contribute their poems, short stories, and artistic pieces.
Possible Careers for Students with a major or minor in English
A major or minor in English is excellent preparation for continued graduate or professional training in actuarial studies; business; English; law; journalism; political science/government; public administration; psychology; counseling; human resources; real estate; teaching; communication; student affairs; information science; publishing; museums; literacy organizations; and religious studies/seminary. A bachelor’s degree in English is sufficient for many entry-level positions in business and industry, advertising and public relations. Appropriate teacher certification is required for elementary and secondary level; a graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.