When you major in English, you gain knowledge and skills in writing and speaking, which positions you well for a successful career in any field. Our program has one concentration: Literature. You’ll be ready to become a writer, an editor, a publisher or a journalist, or you can lay the groundwork for a career in marketing, public relations, teaching or law.
What you’ll study: British and American authors, as well as other diverse literature from around the world.
What you can do: Become a teacher, a publisher, a literary critic, an editor or a librarian – whatever you choose, you’ll have the skills to think critically about writing and examine culture.
Please review the recommended sequence of courses.
Students have interned at:
- Writing from the Margins Literary Institute
- Publishing houses
- Non-profit organizations
- Media outlets
- Public relations agencies
- You’ll lead group discussions and class projects.
- Bloomfield College alumni have won prestigious awards in such areas as poetry.
- You’ll pitch ideas in front of an audience.
- You’ll learn through reading and writing but also through watching films, listening to music and studying the current media.
- Bloomfield College hosts its own three-day program celebrating poetry and the written word..
You could be …
A writer: Median pay $61,240 per year. Writers develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs and other types of media.
An editor: Median pay $57,210 per year. Editors plan, review and revise content for publication.
A public relations specialist: Median pay $58,020 per year. Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness.
A journalist: Median pay $38,870 per year. Journalists inform the public about news and events. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, radio and even social media.
A librarian: Median pay $57,680 per year. Librarians don’t just organize books. They help people find information and conduct research. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public libraries, schools and medical libraries.
(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)
Brandon D. Fralix
Ph.D. in English from Drew University (NJ) in 2011
Dissertation: “Cymru and the Court: The Welsh in Seventeenth Century Masques”
M.A in English from Clemson University (SC) in 2003
Thesis: “Claiming Identity: Acquiring Language in Lyly’s Gallathea”
B.A. in English from Presbyterian College (SC) in 2001
What I teach:
- ENG 203 Survey of British Literature I
- ENG 249 Advanced Grammar
- WRT 106 Analytic and Argumentative Writing
- WRT 107 Synthesis and Research Writing
I am a long time member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), and the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), and I regularly present at these organization's annual conferences. Much of my research is focused on the National Census of Writing, a survey of 900 institutions of higher education that asks how writing programs are taught and administered. For this work, I have received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the Extraordinary Service Award from the CWPA.
Fiona (Freddie) Harris Ramsby, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition. The University of Utah, May 2015
Dissertation: Theory in the Body: Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage
M.A. Rhetoric and Composition. California State University San Bernardino, Sept. 2007
Outstanding Thesis Award: The Habermas/Foucault Debate: Implications for Composition.
B.A. English/Linguistics. Highest Honours. California State University San Bernardino, Sept. 2005.
What I teach:
- Writing 95
- Writing 105 and 107
- Philosophy/Writing 229: Language and Society: Western Rhetoric in Contemporary Use
- English 252: Art of Drama
- English 281: Literature, Theory, and Film
Areas of research include rhetorics of the body and performance, classical rhetorics, critical discourse analysis, ethnography of performance, and critical literacy. She also specializes in developmental writing, multi-modal writing, and exploring the intersection between pop culture and theory. Dr. Ramsby is particularly interested in conducting research with Bloomfield students, as well as collaborating with students on a new theatre project at the College. Recent publications include: "Theory in the Body: Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage". Routledge Press. (Forthcoming 2021) With Bloomfield College students Steven Hawkins and Shammoi Brown, “I Prefer Ladies with More Experience”: Sex, Death, and the Post-feminist Demon.” Death in Supernatural: Essays on the Television Series. McFarland Publishing Company (Forthcoming Fall 2017). Also, with Bloomfield student Mubarak Muhammed, “Warning! Monster Metaphors and the Urban Black Body.” Brill Press. (Spring 2019).
Ph.D., English Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature. The Ohio State University, June 2017
Dissertation: "Literacy Volunteer Preparation in a Service Learning and Community Literacy Training Program: Historicizing Literacy Campaigns, Volunteers, and Schools"
M.A. English Literature. University of Delaware, May 2011
B.A. English, Minor in Music. Belmont University, May 2008
What I teach:
First Year Writing (WRT 102, 105, 108, and 109)
Intro to Professional and Technical Writing (WRT 205)
Digital Media Writing (WRT 251)
Special Topics in Writing Studies (WRT 233)
My research and teaching interests focus on social and historical contexts of writing/literacy learning and instruction. I write about language biases and beliefs, histories, and contact zones where diverse language speakers engage and transform language and literacy practices. I bring historical and sociolinguistic perspectives to my writing classroom research and teaching praxis. My research interests also include writing transfer, digital media, professional and technical writing, community engagement, and inclusive pedagogies. I urge students to engage and present their research at on- and off-campus venues, including national conferences (such as the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference and Our Digital Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice).
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007
Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Columbia University, 2000
What I teach:
- Introduction to World Literature
- Caribbean Literature
- Latin American Literature
- Haitian Literature
- Major Writers of the African Diaspora
- Contemporary African American Thought
- The Harlem Renaissance: Reflections on Art and Society
- Literature of Race, Class, and Gender
Ada McKenzie Thomas is Associate Professor of World Literature at Bloomfield College. Prior to joining the faculty at Bloomfield, she was Assistant Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. As a comparatist, she researches a variety of literary traditions, specializing in the multilingual literatures of the African Diaspora. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Recent publications include “Sankofa’s Songbirds: African American Children as Culture Bearers in Jazz-Infused Children’s Literature (Identity Quest: African Youth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture. London: Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled “Eleggua’s Crossroads: Creolization, Possession, and Performance in Caribbean Literatures and Cultures.” Dr. McKenzie Thomas’ background includes experience in the public humanities, as she has worked at cultural institutions including Penn Center—a National Historic Landmark Site in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.
Paul M. Puccio
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dissertation: Brothers of the Heart: Friendship in the Victorian and Edwardian Schoolboy Narrative
A.B., St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
What I teach:
- Introduction to Western Literature
- Survey of British Literature II
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Children’s Literature
- Gothic Literature
- The Art of Fiction
- Selected Topics in British Literature (Past Topics: Threat and Peril in the British Novel; Women of Mystery in the British Novel; E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and Bloomsbury; Family Troubles in Victorian Fiction)
- Senior Capstones (Past Topics: E. M. Forster, The Bronte Sisters, Jane Austen)
I regularly teach classes in British literature and Western European literature. Those might seem like very foreign subjects, but one of the key goals of my teaching is to explore how literature communicates compelling questions about our humanity and how those questions transcend time and space. My students and I explore these questions in conversation and in writing that is frequently personal as well as “academic.” At the heart of my teaching is a desire to stimulate the imagination (my students’ and my own) because the imagination gives us our capacity for innovation, wonder, and sympathy. These are qualities that enrich our careers, our lives, our relationships, and our world. My publications include articles on the British school novel, contemplative learning and teaching, composition pedagogy, and music theatre; my current research focuses on British children’s literature. As Holley Professor of Applied Ethics, I organize lectures and forums about ethical issues across the work and life of the college.