English Program

English majors are employed in a wide array of careers that require proficiency in written and spoken English, such as education, research, writing, law, business, industry, communications and public service. By virtue of this versatility, English opens the most doors and makes the graduate the most highly employable of all liberal arts degrees.

While some careers require post-graduate degrees, today's English major, armed with a bachelor's degree, can find a host of employment opportunities. One latest career tracking has shown English graduates with a bachelor's degree employed as writers, editors, copywriters, publishers, teachers, advertising and public relations specialists, researchers, business administrators and managers, lawyers, journalists, and public employees. The hiring outlook for the English major seems better today than in recent years as the economy continues to grow.

Students who are articulate, love reading and writing, are interested in research and have investigative ability, and are critical thinkers should explore the study of English. Industry, business and academic leaders constantly need and look for people who have such skills.

Course Descriptions

Professional Writing Certificate


If you are considering this area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Deborah Adelman
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444J, (630) 942-3406

Steven Accardi
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H05B, (630) 942-2669

James Allen
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444A, (630) 942-3421

Mary Anderson
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2C06B, (630) 942-2536

Tony Bowers
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H05E, (630) 942-2688

Brian Brems
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07B, (630) 942-2521

Franz Burnier
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444C, (630) 942-3958

Robert Dixon-Kolar
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447B, (630) 942-3966

Karin Evans
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447D, (630) 942-2027

Tom Fate
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444D, (630) 942-3291

Jillian Grauman
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444D, (630) 942-3261

Robert Hazard
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447F, (630) 942-2402

Tim Henningsen
Berg Instructional Center (BIC),  Room 2812F, (630) 942-2276

Lisa Higgins
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07C, (630) 942-3385

Danica Hubbard
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2C06P, (630) 942-2101

Kris Kowal
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444H, (630) 942-2902

Melina Martin
Berg Instructional Center (BIC),  Room 2C06M, (630) 942-2288

Nicole Matos
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07F, (630) 942-4120

Jackie McGrath
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447E, (630) 942-2709

Michelle Moore
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447C, (630) 942-2793

Sheryl Mylan
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2C06F, (630) 942-3262

Jill Salas
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444C, (630) 942-3096

Jeffrey Siddall
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2C06J, (630) 942-2449

Jason Snart
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H05D, (630) 942-2033

Trina Sotirakopulos
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H05C, (630) 942-2177

Tom Tipton
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444B, (630) 942-2570

If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2047.

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Annual writing conference

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    Ashely GonzalezEnglish

    I’m learning so much about what I want for my life and what type of person I am, and it is a fulfilling experience. COD has lent me a welcoming and familiar setting from where I can feel engaged in my classes as well as study, write and think in peace. COD is not only a bridge between high school and a university, it’s a separate sanctuary altogether. I’d strongly recommend it to anyone, whether they come to explore what their interests are or want higher learning in a quality environment.”

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    Alyssa GibbasEnglish

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    Julia AndersenEnglish

    “I loved being a Presidential Scholar! Not only is my tuition free – my bank account rejoices – but I was automatically placed in the Honors program, which led me to some really interesting classes and helped me meet great new people. All the classes I took have been of a high caliber, but I found that I got the most enjoyment and fulfillment from my Honors classes.”

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    Leigh SteinEnglish

    “My own educational path has been so unconventional, but I’ve made it work, and I think my success is due to my creative attitude towards work and school. There's no shame in doing things differently than those who came before you, but you might have to fight a little harder to get what you want.”

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Steven Accardi

    Steven AccardiEnglish

    “I hope that students come away from my classes knowing how to read and respond to any rhetorical situation. Whether it be a writing assignment or job interview or responding to an act of misogyny or racism, I hope students would be able to read those rhetorical situations, locate the available means of persuasion and respond to them in such a way that their arguments have an effect.”

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    Nicole MatosEnglish

    “I enjoy teaching writing because it is a subject many students are afraid of, and it is very rewarding to me to see them leave my classes no longer afraid. I hope students will take away from my classes the confidence that dedication and effort are the key to writing success.”

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  • Spotlight: Jackie McGrath

    Jackie McGrathEnglish

    "So much of teaching boils down to this very process: expressing ideas out loud, in class, in conversation or through writing and then listening to students who are striving to describe and understand ideas and themselves."

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  • Spotlight: Danica Hubbard

    Danica HubbardEnglish

    "Sharing text with one another on a daily basis opens doors to success. Exploring different ways to exchange information, retain knowledge and analyze ideas within multiple genres brings out innovation and creativity in teaching."

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    Tom Montgomery FateEnglish

    "I hope (my students) learn more about themselves, and that they begin to identify and explore their individual passion — that one strand of their 'education' that they love enough that they will follow it no matter where it leads."

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    Karin EvansEnglish

    "I hope students build confidence in themselves -- as writers, as adults -- and discover a healthy respect for the value of persistence and effort."

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    Michelle MooreEnglish

    "Teaching allows me to expose others to new ideas, art and ways of thinking, which brings me a lot of joy. I want my students to see how ideas fit together and to create new ideas, while evaluating and rethinking the old ones."

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    Jason SnartEnglish

    "I love discussing books and ideas with people, which is, to me, the most enjoyable part of being a teacher. I want my students to develop an interest in the texts and ideas we talk about, but also gain an appreciation for how language itself is, or can be, so powerful."

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    Jim AllenEnglish

    "What I took away from those mentors was the importance of the teacher-student interaction. Those are the people who stick out in my mind because of the support that they gave me."

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    Lisa HigginsEnglish

    "I want students to have the confidence that comes from knowing that whatever life throws at you, your abilities, skills and knowledge will help you survive — and thrive — in this world."

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    Trina SotirakopulosEnglish

    "I hope my students leave my classroom with confidence to write anything they are assigned in school and in life. My students know more than they know they do. My job is to get them to articulate their knowledge on the page, sounding credible while doing so."

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