Chair: Jan Haluska
Faculty: Rachel Byrd, Kathy Goddard, Amanda Jehle, Dennis Negron, Jodi Ruf, Marcus Sheffield, Laurie Stankavich, Keely Tary (Composition Coordinator), Autumn Wurstle
Program Coordinator: Jan Haluska
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.
Transfer Credit for English Majors and Minors
English majors and minors are required to take ELIT 214 - Survey of American Literature (S-3a) and ELIT 215 - Survey of English Literature (S-3a) in residence. Exceptions must be petitioned through the department.
As a requirement for graduation and as part of a departmental assessment process, senior English majors take the Major Field Test, Literature as part of ELIT 490 - Senior Capstone , which includes preparation for the Major Field Test for Literature in English, writings to be assessed, and an oral interview. Majors complete a written evaluation of the department, providing information used to improve the quality of the department.