Bachelor of Arts

English

The written word inspires. Makes you feel, dream, grow. Share your vision with others and become a writer. Whether you author your own book or write for a website, TU’s English major gives you the foundation in creative writing, literature and editing to achieve your dream. Our grads use their degree to become journalists, editors, speechwriters and market researchers.

People who can write well are always in demand. From creative writing, script writing and public relations writing, to editing – it’s all relevant to a host of in-demand careers. Tiffin University’s English Majors study with professors who have worked in a variety of fields that demand good writers. In short, this is as real as it gets!

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours

English Major 48 hours

  • CUL443 Comparative Mythology
  • ENG221 History of the English Language 
  • ENG223 Advanced Grammar 
  • ENG291 British Literature I (Old English to 18th C)
  • ENG292 British Literature II (Romantics to WWII) 
  • ENG293 American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) 
  • ENG294 American Literature II (Civil War to present) 
  • ENG380 Shakespeare 
  • ENG422 World Literature 
  • ENG453 Major Authors in British and American Lit. 
  • ENG463 Literary Theory

One of the following: 

  • ENG499 Senior Seminar 
  • SAS470 Internship

One of the following:

  • CUL448 Women and Literature 
  • CUL449 Minority Experience in American Literature

One of the following

  • CUL351 History of Film in Society 
  • CUL352 Film Genre and History 
  • ENG350 History of Dramatic Literature

One of the following:

  • ENG347 American Novel 
  • ENG348 British Novel

One of the following:

  • COM329 Writing for Electronic Media 
  • ENG251, 252, 253 or 254 Creative Writing Workshop  
  • ENG262 Editing

Total BA hours 121-123 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

History of the English Language (ENG221) - This course studies language and writing with a special emphasis on the history and evolution of English from its origins in Old English through Middle English to Modern English. It may look at British English, American English, and World English's and how words are adopted into the language and adapted to meet new needs. Students will study the English language as an ever-growing, ever-changing phenomenon.

Advanced Grammar (ENG223) - This course is an in-depth study of modern English grammar that blends descriptive and prescriptive approaches. It emphasizes the distinction between grammatical form and function and the recognition of basic patterns underlying complex sentences, and it stresses the rhetorical value of competency in sentence-level grammar.
    
British Literature I (Old English through the Restoration) (ENG291) - This course is a survey of the major literary works and their themes in British literature from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries. By responding critically to early works such as the Old English epic Beowulf, Middle English works by authors such as Chaucer and Langland, Renaissance works by authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, More, and Restoration and eighteenth-century works by Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Johnson, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, societal, political, religious, and linguistic influences that shaped British literature. This is a writing intensive course.     

American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) (ENG293) - This course will introduce students to major trends in American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Students will read works by authors such as John Winthrop, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville with a focus on issues such as American identity and purpose, the relationship of self to community, the role of religion in early American life, the impact of secularism, the value and the limits of human reason, and the role of imaginative expression in human life. This is a writing intensive course. 
    
Literary Theory (ENG463) - This course is a study of critical theory beginning with selected classical texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Dryden, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, and others. Approaches such as Marxist, psychological, structural, post-structural, feminist, reader-response, and contemporary theorists, such as Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Francois Lyotard will also be discussed and analyzed. Through examination of sample texts and the theoretical approaches to their analysis, students will learn to move from literal to figurative interpretations of a work of literature and to consider multiple interpretations of a text. The interrelationships between writer, reader, and analysis will be explored though advanced critical theory. This is a writing intensive course. 

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Government Grant or Speech Writer
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Script Editor or Writer
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer

  • Digital Publisher
  • Professional Writer
  • Software System Designer
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Optimization

Faculty

Dr. Mary Grennen, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Grennen, Ph.D.

Mary Grennen, Ph.D.

GrennenMV@tiffin.edu
419-448-3376

Associate Professor of English

Director of Theatre Arts

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Fordham University at Lincoln Center
  • M.A., Washington College
  • Ph.D., Union Institute & University

Mary Grennen, Ph.D.

Dr. Grennen has taught a wide variety of English courses, including all levels of writing, various literature surveys, and oral communications. With a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism, she has taught various courses in dramatic literature, acting, and directing. Her doctoral dissertation, "The Nature/Nurture Dichotomy of Tragic Figures in Western Dramatic Literature," was nominated for UIU's 2005 Sussman Award.

Dr. Grennen has a long list of accomplishments in theatre. She has appeared in two off-Broadway productions, and as a musician she has sat in the orchestra pit for productions of Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Robber Bridegroom. As a director, her productions include The Dixie Swim Club, Blithe SpiritRumors, Bathroom Humor, The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase, A Trip to Czardis, Everybody's Doing It, and To Bobolink, for Her Spirit. Her acting experience at Fordham University at Lincoln Center includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack or The Submission, Fashion, The Three Sisters, The Beggar's Opera, The Children's Hour, Icarus' Mother, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, Not Enough Rope, Postcards, Electra, Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down, and Action. Her community involvement includes roles in Shenandoah, Hello Dolly, The Boys Next Door, Tea and Sympathy, Dial 'M' for Murder, Angel Street, I Hate Hamlet, Two by Two, and How the Other Half Loves.

Mary Grennen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.

CollinsT@tiffin.edu
419-448-3432

Associate Professor of Education

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.Mus., Georgia State University
  • M. Mus., Georgia State University
  • B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.A., Morehead State University
  • Ph.D., New York University

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.

A native of Findlay, Dr. Terry Collins joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2005. For twenty-five years prior to that, she served as a U.S. Army bandsman at installations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to integrate the Military Band Program. For the past several years she has worked as a classroom teacher in both music K-12, English 6-12, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, Central Texas College, Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Seminary, and Old Dominion University.

Teresa Collins, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education
Jamie Marinis
Jamie Marinis

Jamie Marinis

MarinisJL@tiffin.edu
419-448-3357

Instructor of English

Director of First-Year Experience

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.Ed., Kent State University
  • B.S., Kent State University

Jamie Marinis

Jamie Marinis joined the Tiffin University family in 2005 and is currently completing her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate certificate from Bowling Green State University. In her dual role as instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and coordinator of International Student Programs, Jamie interacts with international students both in and out of the classroom. She coordinates cultural events across campus including the annual International Flag Ceremony and International Dinner, which often draw hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to campus in celebration of our globally diverse student body.

She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and her B.S. in Community Health Education from Kent State University where she was a varsity cheerleader. Jamie spent her first nine years at Tiffin University working in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs before moving to academics. She also previously served as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Tiffin University for eight years.

Born in Oregon, Ohio, Jamie currently resides in Tiffin with her husband and two children.

Jamie Marinis Instructor of English
Vincent Moore
Vincent Moore

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

MooreV@tiffin.edu
419-448-3345

Professor of English

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • M.A., Miami University
  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Vincent Moore has worked in a number of non-academic fields and has lived in eleven states while pursuing his educational and career goals. Growing up in Oberlin, OH, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College (1985). He studied for an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, but instead earned an M.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (1992). In 1998 he earned his doctorate in English (main focus: Writing; secondary areas are 20th Century American Literature, Film, and Post Human Literary Theory) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the college level, first as an adjunct, then full time at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and later at St. Paul’s College in Virginia before coming to Tiffin University.

Dr. Moore has been at Tiffin University since fall, 2002. A fourth degree black belt, he also leads the Tiffin University Martial Arts Club. His teaching interests are Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Postmodern Literature, and Film. Three of his novels are available on Amazon.com.

 

Vincent Moore, Ph.D. Professor of English
Dr. Jennifer Young, Ph.D
Dr. Jennifer Young, Ph.D

Jennifer Young, Ph.D.

YoungJE@tiffin.edu
419-448-5851

Assistant Professor of English

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Kent State University
  • M.S., University of Akron
  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Jennifer Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Young has a Ph. D. from Case Western Reserve University in Writing History and Theory.  Her academic interests include the rhetorics of education, creative nonfiction, critical discourse analysis, and forensic linguistics.  She has extensive experience teaching first-year composition in various modalities, and she is currently interested in employing first year writing experiences to help students develop skills that will enable them to excel in the professional and public arena.

 

Jennifer Young, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English
Brandon Clay
Brandon Clay

Brandon Clay

ClayBrJ@tiffin.edu
419-448-3343

Assistant Professor of English and American Literature

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Hiram College
  • M.A., Miami University

Brandon Clay

Brandon Clay joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 2012. He went to graduate school at Miami University and did his undergraduate work at Hiram College, where he played varsity soccer and tennis. Prior to coming to TU, Professor Clay held teaching positions at Miami University and Ohio University. He also taught high school English for several years. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and his current research focuses on antebellum African American literature.

Brandon Clay Assistant Professor of English and American Literature
Tiffanie Goff
Tiffanie Goff

Tiffanie Goff

GoffTN@tiffin.edu
419-448-3509

Instructor of English

Director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.A., New Mexico State University
  • B.S., Valdosta State University

Tiffanie Goff

Drawing on over seventeen years of experience in teaching English at various levels, Tiffanie Goff is the current director of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) at Tiffin University. Passionate about the English language and its possibilities for bringing different cultures together, Tiffanie Goff has spent her time at TU working with the international students to ensure their successful transition into their chosen degree programs while advancing towards a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Toledo. Possessing both a bachelors and master’s degree in Education with a concentration in English, her past experience includes teaching and supervisory assignments within school districts in six different states from the elementary to the post-secondary level.

Tiffanie Goff Instructor of English

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