Department Chair: Chad Stutz
Faculty: Graeme Bird, Damon DiMauro, Andrea Frankwitz, Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Andrew Logemann, Leasa Lutes, Pilar Pérez Serrano, Mark Stevick, Jennifer West. Part-Time: Lori Ambacher, Patricia Anders, Denise Campoli, Lei Carter, Carolyn Kerr, Margaret Ketcham, Richard Ladd, Larissa Laver, Alex Miller, Bryan Parys, Glenn Smith, Amanda Warren.
English Language and Literature Program
MISSION: The English program 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.
English Language and Literature Major
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.
Languages and Linguistics Program
MISSION: Recognizing that at the heart of global education is the active knowledge of foreign languages and cultures, the Languages and Linguistics program assists Gordon students in becoming globally educated and locally involved in ethnic communities while providing a wide array of language, culture, literature and linguistics classes from a distinctly Christian perspective. The program serves Gordon students in the core by facilitating their acquisition of basic communicative skills with respect to modern languages, their receptive and analytic skills in the case of ancient languages and their new understanding of other cultures, be they modern or ancient.
Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG) is a national foreign language honor society whose Kappa Epsilon chapter was established at Gordon College in 1983 to acknowledge achievement in the field of foreign languages, encourage academic excellence in the field of linguistics and cultural studies, promote cultural awareness inherent in foreign language learning, and foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendship. Invitation to membership in the Gordon chapter is contingent upon the support of a faculty member in the department and is extended to students who meet qualifications. For more information contact the department.
Honors in Linguistics
Seniors who maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall may graduate with honors in Linguistics. General requirements for the program include a substantial research project culminating in a written honors thesis which is also orally presented and defended in front of department faculty. In addition, honors students may take additional classes beyond their major requirements in disciplines such as sociology, comparative literature, history or philosophy.
Further studies in German
Students wishing to further their studies in German beyond the 200 level may participate in the Heidelberg College semester in Germany or develop a Pike proposal if their academic record merits an invitation to do so.