The department’s dedication to combining intellectual and professional experiences through engaged learning inspires us to offer a broad range of relevant opportunities to students. Faculty eagerly work with students to ensure each student’s most appropriate career fit by exploring and offering connections through our expansive alumni and professional networks. Students benefit from this approach to education, which introduces them to exciting life opportunities.
English and creative writing majors pursue internships with non-profits, corporations, arts organizations, faith-based organizations, and educational enterprises. In the fall of the junior year, all majors are required to have an internship and, at the same time, to enroll in a departmental course that addresses key elements of career success: professionalism, negotiation, communication, and collegiality. Recent English and creative writing majors’ internships have included:
- Emmis Communications
- Greenwood (Indiana) Chamber of Commerce
- Polyscope Media
- Teaching in the Franklin College classroom alongside a professor
- Youth Connections (of the United Way)
- Youth ministry
Graduate and Law School Acceptances
The English program currently has approximately ten alumni seeking advanced degrees in English, education, and law. Members of the Class of 2015 are currently pursuing advanced degrees at:
- Butler University
- Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
The department of English and creative writing offers current students several opportunities for professional development, such as:
- editing and contributing to the Apogee, Franklin’s literary magazine.
- work study and research opportunities to work alongside faculty.
- consulting with students about their papers at the college’s writing center, the Write Place.
- opportunities to attend lectures by leading scholars and readings by published writers.
Our graduates have gained skills that there were able to use both in fields related to the study of language and in fields not often associated with a degree in creative writing.