Through the study of literature, English majors are well-rounded. They develop intellectually as they pursue a rigorous academic program that creates powerful writers and thoughtful readers. They develop socially as they study the spoken and written word, whether in the classroom, on field trips, in competition, or in informal readings at the campus coffee shop. They develop spiritually as they explore ethical and moral issues through plays, novels, stories, and poems. English majors ultimately learn that stories, and words, make us fully human.

Every fall, students flock to Project Poet. Based on Bravo TV’s program “Project Runway,” the poetry competition presents contestants with a new challenge each week. Contestants read their entries before a panel of three faculty/staff judges and the audience, which acts as the fourth judge.

When all votes are tallied, one contestant wins immunity for the next week’s challenge, while two or three others go “out of print.” The contestants who make it through to each successive round are given more difficult challenges as the competition progresses, with contestants vying for the title

“Poet Laureate of the Spadra Valley” and its honor, glory, and cash.

At Ozarks, English majors enjoy one-on-one work with their professors, allowing student to develop their full potentials as readers and writers. These close faculty relationships culminate with the senior thesis, an essay that demonstrates how majors grow into independent scholars, ready for graduate or professional school, the classroom, or the workforce.


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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Mark Twain