English Major

A graphic of books on a shelf next to this quote from William Shakespeare's As You Like It: "And this, our life, exempt from public haut, finds tongues in trees, book in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
An English major prepares students to enter professions such as the law, social work, ministry, or medicine; to work in a variety of businesses and governmental agencies; to teach in elementary or secondary schools; to pursue graduate study in English or other disciplines; and generally to enter life with an appreciation for God’s gift of the word.

Literature courses show how language enables us to investigate and shape our views of God, humanity, and the earth; writing courses of all kinds stress writing as a process of communication with readers and as an exploration of one’s own thoughts and feelings. Most of all, courses in English allow students to discuss the fundamental questions of human life and meaning, as well as to cultivate an appreciation of individual and cultural diversity.

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Through the English major, you will gain

  • Knowledge of British, American, and world literature.
  • Skill in literary criticism and scholarship.
  • Understanding of the relationship between literature and the Christian faith.
  • Proficiency in writing, whether critical or creative.
  • Experience of the central role of the imagination in living lives of compassion and service in a diverse, interconnected world.