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The Power of Words.

Reading literature is not just an entertaining pastime. It helps you understand yourself and others. By reading, we learn to read individuals, read cultures, and understand how language works to shape both. By writing, we learn to analyze, synthesize, and become powerful critical and creative thinkers.

Our majors know the power of words. They practice how to persuade, how to dissect and analyze, and most of all, how to build complex and beautiful things, whether it be a poem, a piece of fiction, or an interpretative essay.

Our graduates are prepared, whether the next step is graduate school or a profession. You don’t need to take our word for that, though. Listen to their own stories about why majoring in English mattered.



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  • The English Department is proud to introduce the 2017 Alma College Writing Contest! The contest is open to all Alma College students.  The faculty judges look forward to reading this year’s submissions. 

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    The switch from FM broadcast to web-based streaming provides more opportunities for students to experiment in different media and have their work seen.

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    “All my poems are precipitated by some interior event or realization I have to communicate, even if I don’t know what exactly that event entails.” — Santino Dalla-Vecchia.