Chair Andrew Logemann, Andrea Frankwitz, Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Lynn Marcotte, Mark Stevick, Chad Stutz, Jennifer West. Part-Time: Lori Ambacher, Patricia Anders, Carolyn Kerr, Alex Miller, Bryan Parys, Glenn Smith.
MISSION: The Department of English instructs students in literary analysis, critical theory and writing, chiefly exploring literature written in English but also translations of significant texts. In both literature and critical theory, an informed analysis is drawn from a close reading of the text and the published critical responses to that literature. The department teaches technical and compositional skills through courses in writing fiction and nonfiction prose, poetry and theatre-film scripts. Students reflect on the ways a literary text informs their Christian experience, whether directly or indirectly, thus enhancing their appreciation of literary work.
Requirements for Honors in English Language and Literature
Seniors who maintain at least a 3.50 GPA in the major (with no grade lower than a B) and a 3.0 GPA overall may apply to graduate with honors in English language and literature upon completion of major requirements. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop an independent study with a substantial research project in literature or creative writing, culminating in a written honors thesis delivered to departmental faculty and students in the spring of the senior year. See department chair.