Department of English, Writing and Modern Languages

Chair: Dr. John Norton

The English, Writing and Modern Language Department, guided by the Great Commission and inspired by the traditions of the liberal arts, empowers students to cultivate their God-given gifts for human thought and expression. Students of all backgrounds are welcomed into the study and practice of the aesthetic, cultural and mechanical excellences of literature, writing and language(s) for lives of leadership and service.

English Program Learning Outcomes

Students in the English major will be able to…

  • Create a sustained argument employing the writing process and context-appropriate conventions. [WC, SI, SK]
  • Analyze and assess literary texts and contexts using appropriate research tools and methods. [WC, SI, SK]
  • Recognize and evaluate Christian themes, tropes, hallmarks of Christian confession or struggle and other religious distinctives in literature. [CLF, SK, IRC]
  • Identify and differentiate literary periods, major writers, critical theories and genres. [SK, SI, IRC]
  • Serve society in ethical and merciful ways, examining benefits gained and challenges encountered. [SSC]
  • Engage and analyze literary arts by recognizing and critiquing elements of literature including literary types, forms and figurative language in both written and oral presentations. [IRC, OC, SI, SK] 
  • Modern Languages: Develop an increased appreciation for different cultures and societies through language learning - etymological, structural, pronunciation, or literary exempla in the student's main chosen language.

Liberal Arts Program Learning Outcomes

Clear Communication

  • Articulate a sustained argument using standard English genres and conventions.
  • Use and incorporate a variety of research tools and methods.

Understanding of Cultural Diversity

  • Demonstrate familiarity with major religions, philosophies and artistic movements of a variety of world cultures.

Understanding of Cultural Unity

  • Formulate connections among the cultures of the world.

Understanding of Cultural Development in the Western World

  • Recognize the hallmarks of the major eras of Western civilization.

Cross-disciplinary Thinking

  • Formulate connections among the disciplines associated with the Liberal Arts.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree

English

Liberal Arts

Emphases:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Languages
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Exercise Science
  • History
  • Law and Politics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Missiology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Thought
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Theology

English

ENG 271Literary Criticism3
ENG 341American Literature I3
ENG 342American Literature II3
ENG 361English Literature I3
ENG 362English Literature II3
ENG 380Women’s Literature3
or ENG 382 Postcolonial Literature
ENG 441Major American Writers3
or ENG 461 Major English Writers
ENG 451Senior Seminar in English3
ENG 466Shakespeare3
ENG 471Literary Theory3
ENG 477History and Development of the English Language3
or BSC 318 Linguistics
WRT 333Topics in Creative Writing3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Modern and Contemporary Poetry3
Modern and Contemporary Novel3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Film as Literature3
Total Units42

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts major is rooted in the tradition of the liberal arts, allowing students to study the best of human thought and creativity, across time and across cultures. In addition, the major encourages students to combine disciplines in a unique way, asking them to view their education as an intertwined, rather than a compartmentalized, experience.

Core
ART 311Art History I3
or ART 312 Art History II
COM 324Intercultural Communication3
CENG 201World Literature to the Renaissance3
HST 410Mythology, Theology and Philosophy3
HUM 495Senior Project1-3
MUS 451Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations3
or MUS 452 Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road
or MUS 482 Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity
REL 321World Religions3
THR 251Introduction to Theatre3
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases18-20
Total Units40-44

Emphases

Anthropology

Note: Students who select the Anthropology emphasis are recommended to take ANT 210 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

ANT 364Culture and Self3
ANT 435Religion in Society3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Anthropology Field Methods for Travelers3
Native Peoples of North America3
Linguistics3
Islamic Civilization3
Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations *3
Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road
Total Units18

Art

ART 200Elements of Art3
ART 201Drawing I3
Choose 1 of the following courses: *3
Art History I3
Art History II
The History of Contemporary Art
ART 321Painting I3
ART 331Sculpture I3
or ART 341 Ceramics I
or ART 488 Children’s Art
ART 351Printmaking I3
Total Units18

Behavioral Sciences

Note: Students who select the Behavioral Sciences emphasis are recommended to take ANT 210PSY 101 or SOC 101 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Culture and Self3
Religion in Society3
Linguistics3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Social Psychology3
Cognition3
Health Psychology3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Social Problems3
Social Stratification3
Social Theory3
Total Units18

Biblical Languages

GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
HEB 101Hebrew I4
HEB 102Hebrew II4
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Aramaic3
Greek Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Total Units19

Biblical Studies

THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 311Old Testament Book of the Bible3
THL 312New Testament Book of the Bible3
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Choose 1 of the following courses (with a different book than above):3
Old Testament Book of the Bible3
New Testament Book of the Bible3
Total Units18

Biology

BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
Choose a minimum of 10 units from the following courses:10-12
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Molecular Genetics4
Population Genetics4
Ecology4
Marine Biology4
Plant Biology4
Evolutionary Zoology4
Molecular and Cellular Biology4
General Microbiology4
Biostatistics3
Field Biology Techniques3
Earth Science3
Ocean Science4
Total Units18-20

Chemistry

CHE 222Chemistry II4
CHE 321Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 424Analytical Chemistry4
Choose 2 of the following courses:6-8
Organic Chemistry II4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Nutritional Sciences3
Scientific Equipment Design and Fabrication3
History and Philosophy of Science3
Total Units18-20

Classical Languages

GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
LAT 101Fundamentals of Latin I4
LAT 102Fundamentals of Latin II4
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Greek Readings3
Latin Readings3
Total Units19

Communication Studies

COM 216Interpersonal Communication3
COM 280Theories of Human Communication3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
Advanced Public Speaking3
Mass Communication3
Persuasion and Attitude3
Rhetorical Criticism3
Communication Research Methods3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Theory and Practice of Journalism3
Small Group Communication3
Nonverbal Communication3
Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
Introduction to Social Media3
Writing for the Broadcast Media3
Studies in Public Relations3
Organizational Communication3
Advanced Strategies in Social Media3
Total Units18

Creative Writing

WRT 323Introduction to Genre and Craft in Creative Writing3
WRT 427Advanced Creative Writing3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Writing for Children and Teenagers3
Creative Writing: Fiction3
Creative Writing: Poetry3
Creative Nonfiction3
Topics in Creative Writing3
Total Units18

Economics

ECO 201Macroeconomics3
ECO 202Microeconomics3
ECO 221History of Economic Thought3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
Econometrics3
Money and Financial Markets3
Intermediate Microeconomics3
Economic Analysis of Public Policy3
Environmental Economics, Law and Policy3
Total Units18

Exercise Science

ESS 225Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training3
ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 325Exercise Testing and Prescription3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Nutritional Sciences3
Elementary Physical Education3
Sport Psychology3
Practicum: ESS Exercise Science3
Introduction to Sport Management3
Sport Law3
Total Units18

History

HST 301Eastern Civilization3
HST 321A History of Popular Culture3
HST 371Islamic Civilization3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
United States History3
Medieval History3
The Renaissance and the Reformation3
Modern European History3
The Enlightenment3
History of California3
Total Units18

Law and Politics

HST/POL 412The U.S. Constitution3
ECO 201Macroeconomics3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Political Thought I: Ancient to Early Modern3
Political Thought II: The Enlightenment3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Islamic Civilization3
International Relations3
Religion and Politics in America3
The Courts and the Constitution3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Philosophical Ethics3
Christians and Ethics3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Persuasion and Attitude3
Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
Total Units18

Literature

Note: Students taking the Literature emphasis in the Liberal Arts major may not minor in English.

ENG 341American Literature I3
ENG 342American Literature II3
or ENG 362 English Literature II
ENG 361English Literature I3
ENG 441Major American Writers3
or ENG 461 Major English Writers
ENG 466Shakespeare3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Women’s Literature3
Postcolonial Literature3
Modern and Contemporary Novel3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Children’s Literature3
Total Units18

Mathematics

MTH 271Calculus I5
MTH 272Calculus II4
Choose 3 of the following courses:9-10
Mathematics Notation and Proof3
Linear Algebra3
Calculus III4
Numerical Analysis3
Modern Geometry3
Ordinary Differential Equations3
Probability and Statistics I3
Probability and Statistics II3
Total Units18-19

Missiology

ANT 210Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 435Religion in Society3
THL 222Christian Witness and Evangelism1
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
THL 481The Mission of Christ’s Church3
HST 338Modern European History3
or HST 371 Islamic Civilization
Any 3-unit upper division (300 or 400 level) course in THL not already required in the emphasis.3
Total Units19

Music

MUS 201Music Theory I3
MUS 202Music Theory II3
MUS 211Aural Skills I1
MUS 212Aural Skills II1
MUS 216Music Technology I2
MUS 331Music History: Antiquity through Bach3
or MUS 332 Music History: Classical Period through Modernity
MUS____Elective (Choose 1 additional 200 level or above music course not used in this major)3
MUS____Elective (Choose 1 additional 300 level or above music course not used in this major)3
Total Units19

Philosophy

CPHI 101Introduction to Philosophy3
CPHI 200Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Philosophical Ethics3
Philosophy of Religion3
Analytic Philosophy3
Special Topics3
History and Philosophy of Science3
Christian Apologetics3
Christians and Ethics3
Total Units18

Political Thought

HST/POL 412The U.S. Constitution3
HST/POL 414The Courts and the Constitution3
POL 304International Relations3
POL 321Political Thought I: Ancient to Early Modern3
POL 322Political Thought II: The Enlightenment3
POL 413Religion and Politics in America3
Total Units18

Psychology

Note: Students who select the Psychology emphasis are recommended to take PSY 101 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Developmental Psychology: Childhood3
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence3
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging3
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
Choose 5 of the following courses:15
Sport Psychology3
Human Sexuality3
Chemical Dependency and Addiction3
Marriage and the Family3
Introduction to Biopsychology3
Social Psychology3
Personality Theory3
Abnormal Psychology3
Cognition3
Health Psychology3
Clinical and Forensic Psychology3
Principles of Counseling3
Total Units18

Sociology

Note: Students who select the Sociology emphasis are recommended to take SOC 101 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

SOC 320Social Stratification3
SOC 321Social Problems3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Crime, Deviance and Social Control3
Ethnic and Minority Relations3
Women and Gender Issues3
Sociology of Globalization3
Social Theory3
Social Movements and Collective Action3
Child, Family and Community3
Total Units18

Spanish

POL 304International Relations3
or SOC 316 Ethnic and Minority Relations
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 301Advanced Conversation3
SPA 302Advanced Grammar/Reading3
SPA 311Survey of Spanish Literature3
or SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature
Total Units18

Theatre

THR 261Acting I3
THR 262Acting II3-4
or THR 461 Creative Drama and Improvisation
THR 311Stagecraft3
or THR 321 Introduction to Theatrical Design
THR 351Play Direction I3
THR 441Theatre and Culture I3
or THR 442 Theatre and Culture II
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Shakespeare3
Theatre and Culture I *3
Theatre and Culture II
Total Units18-19

Theology

REL 375Contemporary Religious Bodies3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
Any 3-unit upper division (300 or 400 level) course in THL not already required in the emphasis.3
Total Units18

Undergraduate Minors

Creative Writing

English

Spanish

Creative Writing Minor

WRT 323Introduction to Genre and Craft in Creative Writing3
WRT 427Advanced Creative Writing3
WRT 324Writing for Children and Teenagers3
or WRT 333 Topics in Creative Writing
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Creative Writing: Fiction3
Creative Writing: Poetry3
Creative Nonfiction3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
American Literature II3
Modern and Contemporary Poetry3
Modern and Contemporary Novel3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Total Units18

English Minor

ENG 271Literary Criticism3
ENG 341American Literature I3
or ENG 342 American Literature II
ENG 477History and Development of the English Language3
or BSC 318 Linguistics
WRT 333Topics in Creative Writing3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
English Literature I3
English Literature II3
Postcolonial Literature3
Choose 1 of the following courses not completed above:3
American Literature I3
American Literature II3
English Literature I3
English Literature II3
Women’s Literature3
Postcolonial Literature3
Modern and Contemporary Poetry3
Modern and Contemporary Novel3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Film as Literature3
Children’s Literature3
Major American Writers3
Major English Writers3
Shakespeare3
Total Units18

Spanish Minor

SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 301Advanced Conversation3
SPA 302Advanced Grammar/Reading3
SPA 311Survey of Spanish Literature3
SPA 312Survey of Spanish American Literature3
Total Units18