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.

Humanities and Fine 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 Humanities and Fine Arts.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree

English

Humanities and Fine Arts

Emphases:

  • Art
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

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
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

Humanities and Fine Arts

The Humanities and Fine 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
REL 321World Religions3
THR 251Introduction to Theatre3
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases18-19
Total Units40-43

Emphases

Art

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

 ART 311 or ART 312 may be completed in the Art emphasis if not completed in the core.

Communication

COM 216Interpersonal Communication3
COM 311Advanced Public Speaking3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Theories of Human Communication3
Mass Communication3
Writing for the Broadcast Media3
Organizational Communication3
Rhetorical Criticism3
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

History

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

Literature

Note: Students taking the Literature emphasis in the Humanities and Fine 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:3
Women’s Literature3
Postcolonial Literature3
Modern and Contemporary Novel3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Total Units18

Music

MUS 201Music Theory I3
MUS 202Music Theory II3
MUS 211Aural Skills I1
MUS 331Music History: Antiquity through Bach3
MUS 332Music History: Classical Period through Modernity3
MUS____Upper Division Elective (Choose 1 additional 300 level and above music course not used in this major)3
MU___Applied Music Instruction2
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 II4
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 Units19
*

As THR 441 and THR 442 are also listed above in the emphasis requirements, choose the 1 course not completed in the choice above.

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
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