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Versatile and enriching, the English major is a vibrant part of the liberal arts at Siena Heights. The “straight English” major, as it is often called, is also the traditional English major. This is the choice of students who enjoy reading and who may anticipate a career in which a strong literary background — possibly teaching — will be important.

FAST FACT – The academic climax for English majors is their senior project presentation in which they showcase their literary knowledge and talent for faculty, friends and family. 

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations

Learn more about the English program.

The English major at Siena Heights attracts students willing to be challenged by such literary giants as Shakespeare and Chaucer, Austin and Wordsworth, Faulkner and Browning, Dryden and Dickenson, as well as more contemporary voices.

Enriching the classroom work is a number of exciting options for English majors. They may wish to write for the school paper (Spectra) or the literary magazine (Eclipse), or even apply for an internship with the university marketing/communications office. Many English majors tutor in the Writing Lab. 

Periodically, English forums bring in guest speakers to lecture or read from their work. In addition, English majors who maintain a high GPA are also eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

Annually, the English and Theater departments host a campus-wide birthday party for William Shakespeare, complete with games, prizes, “cakes and ale,” skits and recitations. You can do a dramatic reading of a favorite scene or sonnet, compete in the Bardic Thespian contest, or just sit back and be entertained!

Great literature is the textbook of human behavior, the diary of humanity. It has the power to delight, move, stimulate reflection, inform and broaden you. It opens you to, in Matthew Arnold’s words, “the best that has been thought and said.” It nourishes the mind, the heart and the emotions. Choosing to be an English major is making a matchless choice.

Meet the faculty members of the English program.

Schnapp, Patricia

Schnapp, Patricia

Associate Professor of English517-264-7677
Barbee, Matthew

Barbee, Matthew

Associate Professor of English ext. 517-2
Barst, Julie

Barst, Julie

Assistant Professor of English517-264-7678
Mesaros-Winckles, Christy

Mesaros-Winckles, Christy

Assistant Professor of Communications517-264-7669
Barbee, Karin

Barbee, Karin

Assistant Professor of English/Writing Center Coordinator517-264-7698
Weinstein, Alexander R

Weinstein, Alexander R

Assistant Professor of English517-264-7697

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree English.

Students who don’t plan to teach often wonder what they will be doing once they complete a degree in English. Just a few of the possibilities are: 

  • Advertising copy writer
  • Announcer
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Bookstore manager
  • Court reporter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Lobbyist
  • Proofreader
  • Public relations director
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Reporter
  • Speech writer
  • Technical writer
  • Professional reviewer of books or dramas

Learn more about clubs and organizations associated with the English program.

Sigma Tau Delta is Siena Heights University’s English Honors Society and is open to English majors in Literature, Creative Writing and Communications. The club exists to prepare students for professional life and advanced study, while cultivating leadership skills and raising awareness of English studies on campus.

Spectra is Siena Heights University’s student newspaper. Written, designed, edited and managed by Siena students, the paper provides service Siena’s student body while giving newspaper staff valuable opportunities to develop the skills that can be used in a wide range of professional fields, from business to journalism, from graphic design to photography. To view the online version of Spectra, visit

Eclipse is Siena Heights University’s student-run literary and arts magazine.  Students write manuscripts, solicit submissions, raise funds, edit, design and publish Eclipse bi-annually. 

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  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Humanities


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles

Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles

Assistant Professor of Communications


Tom Durbin '95, '08Ed.S.

Tom Durbin '95, '08Ed.S.

English Graduate; Educational Leadership Graduate
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.