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With nearly 90% of our students graduating with an internship, Calvin English majors have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, business people, pastors, teachers, professors, marketing associates, librarians, ESL teachers, editors, freelance proofreaders, and, of course, writers in a range of creative and professional contexts.
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From learning Japanese to teaching in Japan
Roz Scoular '13 teaches English to elementary school children in Ono City, Japan.
News & Stories, August 18, 2016
Uniting Illinois with talk show education and conversation
Niala Boodhoo '96 hosts "The 21st," a talk show in Illinois.
News & Stories, July 25, 2016
A confident pursuit of interests over careers
Grace Ruiter '14, a graduated English major, now writes for RCA Today.
News & Stories, July 20, 2016
A deeper pursuit of religion in poetry
Tom Mazanec is studying Chinese literature at Princeton University in hopes of becoming a professor.
News & Stories, June 22, 2016
Department writing prizes announced for 2016
Calvin congratulates the winners of departmental writing prizes.
News & Stories, May 23, 2016
Calvin remembers George "Tom" Harper
George Harper taught English at Calvin for 37 years. He is remembered for his humor, love of books and general knowledge of all things.
News & Stories, May 12, 2016
The Festival of Faith and Writing from a First-timer's Perspective
News and Stories contributing writer Jacob Thielman describes festival as a beautiful riot of perspectives on faith, writing and the multitude of problems and processes and practices that bloom from their collision.
News & Stories, April 26, 2016
Calvin professor helps put students’ poetry in motion
Lew Klatt, poet laureate for Grand Rapids, answers a trio of questions about a project that helps kids express their understanding of local history through haiku.
News & Stories, April 7, 2016
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