Department of English

General Information

                        This major can take you anywhere!

Description

The English Department at North Central University is a Christ-Centered academic community of professors and students who are committed to innovative and analytical work in English, dedicated to developing the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and influence culture creatively.

Mission Statement

The Department of English prepares students to lead and minister by reading closely, thinking critically, and communicating creatively from a Bible-based worldview. 

Vision Statement

To become a leading center for Christian English scholars and writers.

English Department Learning Outcomes

General Department Outcomes

1. Articulate their worldview as it applies to the study of English.

2. Demonstrate the ability to find, select, assess, and analyze information sources, both print and electronic, and to credit, integrate, and synthesize those sources in their own work.

3. Demonstrate in written and oral communication integrative and independent thinking, originality, imagination, experimentation, problem solving or risk taking in thought, expression, or intellectual engagement.

4. Construct clear, grammatical sentences and produce well-organized texts that exhibit an attention audience, genre, and purpose and that follow the conventions of logical argumentation.

5. Pursue professional careers and/or graduate studies using their strong analytical, research, speaking, and writing skills.

6. Demonstrate social awareness of diversity issues by interpreting, analyzing, and writing about various cultural perspectives.

Writing Track Outcomes

1. Read with interpretive and analytical proficiency one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script).

2. Write with proficiency in one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, script).

3. Respond to peers' work in one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, script).

4. Practice the process-oriented approach to writing (i.e., discovering one's material; crafting that material into the most suitable form according to the intended emotional effect upon target audience; revising as often as necessary). 

5. Incorporate useful critical responses to their work into subsequent revisions.

6. Demonstrate practical awareness of classic, contemporary, and/or avant-garde models of one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, script).

7. Embrace the constant creative challenge of working through failure. 

Literature Track Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and nontraditional canons of literature in their social, cultural and historical context.

2. Analyze literary forms closely in terms of style, figurative language, and convention.

3. Use sourse material in the interpretation of literary texts, as well as discover and/or explore directions for new scholarship.

4. Apply and explain concepts from literary theory and criticism in the analysis and interpretation of texts, filtering through a Christian worldview.

Scholars' Symposium

The 2014 Scholar's Symposium was held April 5 at Crown College.

Presentations began at 1 pm.

The event included a dinner with keynote speaker R. Bryan Bademan.

Faculty and students were invited to attend.

The faculty contact is Desirée Libengood,  desiree.libengood@northcentral.edu

 

Sigma Tau Delta

       Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society, which strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. North Central's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta participates in scholarship opportunities, community readings, writing workshops, the international convention and other local activities. We whole-heartedly support the Sigma Tau Delta motto: Truth, Sincerity, & Design. Learn more. . .

Faculty Sponsor: Desiree Libengood  dslibeng@northcentral.edu                    

First Place Creative Nonfiction 2010,  Anna Smith 

Senior Class Poet

Each year a graduating senior is chosen as the Senior Class Poet.  This is a life-long honor that many universities bestow.  Students submit poems, which are then judged by an established poet.  The Senior Class Poet reads his/her poetry at various university functions.

Congratulations to 2013-2014 Senior Class Poets - Erica Englund and Victoria Pyron

Past Winners:

2012-2013    Mia Franklin
2011-2012    Joy Tuveson
2010-2011    Patrick Abubo
2009-2010    Joseph Madsen
2008-2009    Autumn Perkins
2007-2008    Tiffany Brenneman
2006-2007    Aly (Cole) Shannon

(click on a name in blue to read one of their poems)

Alumni News

Check out your list of Alumni Favorite Books from Spring 2012 

Member of ADE

Association of Departments of English

Contact

910 Elliot Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Del Kingsriter Center
Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 4:00
Click here contact form
612.343.4140
Anna Fratzke

Programs

Majors

Title 4 Year Plan Credits
English View 124

Minors

Title Credits
English: General 18
English: Literature 18
English: Writing 18

Supporting Programs

Title Credits
English: General 24
English: Literature 24
English: Writing 24

Faculty

Crabtree, Dr. Leslie

Department Chair
Professor, English
(612) 343-4729
Del Kingsriter Center #201

Libengood, Desiree

Assistant Professor, English
(612) 343-4796
Del Kingsriter Center #201C

Weinhold, Gail

Assistant Professor, English
(612) 343-4728
#201

Tennant, Carolyn

Professor Emerita
(612) 343-4140

Resources

Career Placement

NCU's Job Posting Database Website for Students and Alumni. Quick access at: www.NorthCentral.edu/CareerWire

Contests/Opportunities

Essays and artlces that express opinions on literary issues and questions, or profile interesting events or personalities. Pieces should be written from firsthand knowledge of seminal events, programs or personalities.
Deadline: 15th of the month before publication.
Book reviews should be of recently published literary books and should be 150 words; payment is $15.
Essays and Articles should be up to 900 words; payment up to $50.
Send to:
Minnesota Literature
3723 Glendale Terrace
Minneapolis, MN 55410
editor@minnesotaliterature.org

Check out their list of writing contests and awards in their Tools for Writers section.

Click above to learn about the 2010 First Place winner in Creative Nonfication, Anna Smith, at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention.

Enter. Win. Get published.

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

 

For complete rules, an entry form or to enter online, visit the Writer’s Digest website at writersdigest.com or click on the link above.

General Information

4 year registration plan for a Literature Major starting on an odd year

4 year registration plan for a Literature Major starting on an even year

4 year registration plan for a Writing Major starting on an odd year

4 year registration plan for a Writing Major starting on an even year

Here's a list of favorite books that Alumni came up with at the Spring 2012 event.  How many have you enjoyed?

Attention Alumni!  This survey is for you.  Please fill it out and return it to english@northcentral.edu.  It will help us serve you better and you might get published on our website!

Alumni and current students of the English Department are invited to a Great Books! get together and book drive. 

Thursday, March 22, from 7 - 8:30 pm in the NCU T. J. Jones Library West Sunroom.  Please click on the above link for details!

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society, which strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 750 active chapters, more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 8,500 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.

North Central's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta participates in scholarship opportunities, community readings, writing workshops, the national convention and other local activities. We whole-heartedly support the Sigma Tau Delta motto: Truth, Sincerity, & Design.

Sigma Tau Delta -   Follow this link to learn more about the honor society. (This link will remove you from NCU's website. This link does not assume a relationship between North Central and the link's company/organization.)

Literary Events in the Twin Cities

Readings. Book Clubs. Literary Events.  All happening in the Twin Cities!

Literary Resources

This is a great online writing lab. Lots of information, exercises, and quizzes. Also contains links to MLA and APA styles.

 

Founded in 1974 in a loft above a Minneapolis bookstore, the Loft is now the nation's largest and most comprehensive literary center, offering programs and services for readers and writers. Whatever forms of reading and writing you are drawn to, there's something for you at the Loft. Take a creative writing class. Attend a special presentation by a favorite Minnesota writer. Enter a writing competition or attend a reading. You are invited to become involved in the Loft's unique community and to join others who engage in a reading and writing life.

(The Loft is not associated with North Central University and the link to its page does not assume a relationship between the two.)

Publishing Resources

Local Minneapolis publisher.

Local Minneapolis publisher.

"Milkweed Editions is one of the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit literary publishers. Our mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. In addition to our dynamic, international publishing program, Milkweed plays an important role in our region’s cultural life, providing programs for readers of many ages and helping establish the Twin Cities as one of the nation’s foremost centers for the literary arts." 

The nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers.  In addition to features from the award-winning print edition, the magazine online offers daily news items, advice from writers, and our popular blog about writing contests. If you’re looking for writing competitions, MFA creative writing programs, or literary magazines and small presses that welcome both new and established writers, look here.