English Department

Welcome to the Department of English and Public Relations. As you will find as you access our material, both majors provide excellent backgrounds in writing and oral skills, as well as preparations for many diverse careers. You will notice that our programs are student-centered; that is, we require and encourage student participation in all phases of the curriculum. All students must have at least one field experience or internship, participate in a colloquia series, and do some kind of community service during their stay at Westminster. Each major is climaxed by a major capstone independent project or seminar.

The Department of English and Public Relations is staffed by a well-qualified and diverse group of professors. As you will see from their individual biographies, their academic and professional interests and experiences give students a broad exposure to literature, writing, and public relations and related communications fields. Both the English and Public Relations majors are among the most rapidly growing on campus. We currently have over 100 English majors and minors, and over 70 Public Relations majors and minors.

Enjoy your exploration of our programs. If you have any questions or wish further information, please use the e-mail links on the Faculty and Staff page.


Westminster College Associate English Professor Publishes Essay on Author Elizabeth Bishop

Read the full news release. Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster associate professor of English, was recently published in The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop.

Dr. David Swerdlow Earns 2014-2015 Henderson Lectureship Award
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. David Swerdlow, Westminster College professor of English, has earned the 2014-2015 Henderson Lectureship Award.
Westminster College Economics and Business Department Host Winter Analyst Program
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Economics and Business hosted the second annual Winter Analyst Program Feb. 7.

Westminster College Theatre Professor Awarded Prize for Innovative Teaching
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Scott Mackenzie, Westminster College associate professor and director of theatre, was recently awarded the Prize for Innovative Teaching in Theatre from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region II (ATHE/KCACTF). Region II includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, northwest New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Westminster College Announces December Graduates
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Twenty-four Westminster College undergraduate students met the requirements for graduation in December 2013:

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