May 11, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Chair: Keely Tary

Faculty: Rachel Byrd, Kathy Goddard, Amanda Livanos, Dennis Negron, Clarise Nixon, Jodi Ruf, Marcus Sheffield, Laurie Stankavich, Autumn Wurstle

Composition Coordinator: Kathy Goddard


The English Department offers two categories of courses 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 wishing to major in English must apply to the department by taking ENGL 150  through their advisers during the second semester of their freshman year at the earliest, or at the time of transfer, for any student transferring from another major or university. A minimum grade of B- is required in ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , and ELIT 216 . A prospective English major whose score on the departmental grammar test is below 70% must pass ENGL 132  with at least a B. English majors must maintain a 2.50 overall average in ENGL and ELIT courses.

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. ENGL 101 ENGL 102 , and ENGL 132  do not count toward an English major or minor.

Mission Statement

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, student 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.