English

Description

The English department offers two tracks of study leading to a major in English: a literature track and a writing track. As reading and writing are both self-reflexive acts, it is the department’s intention that students completing either track for the degree in English will develop a Christian philosophy of the English language, its literature and ministry at the same time that they:

 

  1. Develop the skills necessary for being critical and reflective readers and writers of a diverse array of texts;
  2. Develop linguistic ability and understanding through the study of the history and grammar of the English language;
  3. Acquire a broad knowledge of and appreciation for literature;
  4. Create practical career plans.

"Develop the skills necessary for being critical and reflective readers and writers of a diverse array of texts" includes the abilities to do the following:

  • Develop and articulate a Christian worldview, which includes a critical understanding of culture that is consistent with and elaborates on sound Christian doctrine and theology;
  • Appreciate and evaluate a variety of possible critical approaches to texts, working from a Christian perspective and value system;
  • Possess knowledge of sound research methodology relevant to the critical reading and writing of texts;
  • Demonstrate excellence in the articulation of ideas in verbal and written forms; and
  • Understand the connections of oral, written, visual, and computer-generated forms of expression.

"Develop linguistic ability and understanding through the study of the history and grammar of the English language" includes the following:

  • The personal development of their own writing style through the study of written texts and feedback from both peers and professors; and
  • The study of the history or grammar of the English language.

"Acquire a broad knowledge of and appreciation for the literature" includes the following:

  • Study the development of literatures through survey courses;
  • Study specific authors, periods and movements in depth;
  • Become adept at understanding, critiquing and synthesizing the ideas of scholars who study these authors, periods and movements;
  • Foster a passion for the written word as art, text and companion.

"Create practical career plans" includes the following:

  • Knowledge of the many opportunities available to the English major both for career and future study;
  • Acquiring breadth within the major and through elective course work to prepare for career and future study; and
  • Develop an integrated philosophy of career and ministry.

Courses

Part 1. General Education Core
Part 2. Biblical Studies Core
Part 3. English Major (select track)
45 Credits
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select four (12 credits):
ENG Select any four other ENG courses (12)
Select 15 credits of the following (courses may be taken twice for credit):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one 3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
Select one (3 credits):
ENG Select any one other ENG course (3)
Part 4. General Electives - Including Bachelor of Arts Degree Option
20 Credits