Mar 07, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021


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Chair: Keely Tary

Faculty: Rachel Byrd, Kathy Goddard, Amanda Livanos, Clarise Nixon, Jodi Ruf, Marcus Sheffield, Laurie Stankavich, Keely Tary, Linda Tym

First-Year Writing Coordinator: Amanda Livanos

EESL Coordinator: Laurie Stankavich

All Programs Coordinator: Keely Tary


The Department of English 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 through their advisers by taking ENGL 150  during the second semester of their freshman year or at the time of transfer from another major or university. A minimum grade of B- is required in ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , and ELIT 216 . 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 Department of English (below) and the General Education  program. For the English major, intermediate foreign language is required. ENGL 101 ENGL 102 ENGL 109 , ENGL 132 , and ELIT 175  do not count toward an English major or minor.

English majors may substitute a journalism writing class or English topics course for one English elective. English majors who minor in journalism or public relations are eligible for internships through the School of Journalism and Communication.

Mission Statement

The Department of English develops students’ skills in language, literature, and writing from a biblical worldview and prepares graduates for a life of Christian service.

Transfer Credit for English Majors and Minors

English majors and minors are required to take ELIT 214 - Survey of American Literature (IN-10)  and ELIT 215 - Survey of English Literature (IN-10)  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 for Literature in English as part of ELIT 490 - Senior Capstone . ELIT 490  also includes preparation for the Major Field Test, student writings, and an oral interview. Majors complete a written evaluation of the department, providing information used to improve the quality of the department.

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