Chair: Jan Haluska
Faculty: Rachel Byrd, Debbie Higgens, Amanda Jehle, Tim Lale, Dennis Negron, Helen Pyke, Jodi Ruf, Laurie Stankavich, Keely Tary (Composition Coordinator)
The English Department offers two categories of classes that view humanity’s search for truth and its most convincing expression through a Christian perspective. Language courses aid students in developing ease, confidence, and competence in the art of effective communication and in acquiring knowledge of the science of language; literature courses develop the ability to discern and appreciate the best literary works.
Students majoring or minoring in English must meet the specific requirements of the English Department (below) and the General Education program. For the English major, intermediate foreign language is required. College Composition does not count toward an English major or minor, but students majoring or minoring in English must earn a grade of C or higher in College Composition. The upper division literature classes are all writing (W) courses and hence require word processing skills.
The mission of the English Department is to provide general education students with basic communication and literary analysis skills in a Christian context and to prepare English majors for graduate school and/or the job market.
As a requirement for graduation and as part of a departmental assessment process, senior English majors take ELIT 490 - Senior Capstone , which includes preparation for the Graduate Record Examination, writings to be assessed, and an oral interview. Majors complete a written evaluation of the department, providing information used to improve programs.