Hannah, a former Writing Studies major, gained hands-on experience working with the local community through an internship with the United Way of Harrisonburg, VA
Kendra, an alumni English major with a Writing Studies minor, served as an editorial intern at MennoMedia. She was able to take part in a variety of projects that gave her a more complete understanding of the responsibilities of an editor.
Krista, a former Spanish minor, traveled to Colombia, South America over the summer of 2013 to investigate responses to violence as part of an internship.
In 2011, Anna graduated from EMU with a minor in TESOL and a teaching endorsement in ESL PreK-12 and History & Social Science 6-12. After graduating, she taught English at a public high school in Sapporo, Japan, for two years.
Ben, a former Writing Studies major, helped to launch the Mennonite Community Cookbook blog, which populates and feeds Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
Camila used to teach as Waterman Elementary School's resource teacher for its Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program. She cited as a Teacher of Promise, an award given to the best and brightest of Virginia’s beginning teachers.
Justine, a former Writing Studies major, interned in EMU's Marketing office. She wrote nine articles, including some event previews, event coverage, several profile features and a historical feature.
In regard to her writing, alumni English major Tamara says, "Four years ago, I signed my first publishing contract for my first novel 'Broken Crowns'. Ten books have followed with more in the works.
Donovan, Ph.D. in English Literature from Temple University, now teaches at Hesston College (KS). He writes: "The literature courses that I took at EMU provided much of the groundwork that I needed for my graduate education."
Writing studies at EMU involves a challenging investigation of various creative genres, writing for particular professions, English grammar, English literature, and practical experience in peer teaching, publishing, and internship settings.
Students work closely with faculty members who are published writers and interact with visiting writers through workshops and summer retreats.
A Unique & Flexible Program
The writing studies major is by intention small and flexible. Majors are encouraged to double major or minor in their other areas of interest.
Simultaneous study in other fields challenges writers to broaden their knowledge bases by exploring other subjects in-depth.
Students become more informed as writers and, in turn, use their writing and rhetorical skills to contribute more easily to study of other fields.
All majors are expected to attend all Writers Read events and participate in year-end readings.