Academic Catalog

English and Cultural Studies

About the Department

English Faculty

Social Justice and Cultural Studies Faculty

English and Cultural Studies Department Website

The English & Cultural Studies department offers two main programs. Most of the department's faculty provide expertise to both programs. All of us are motivated by a love of language, avid curiosity about how the world works, and a Christian commitment to building more just, equitable, and inclusive communities—both inside the classroom and out.

English Majors and Minors

In the English major, students can choose between a creative writing concentration or a literature concentration. Both concentrations are well-suited for a wide variety of careers. Students interested in pursuing a Master of Fine Arts and/or a career in imaginative writing are best served by the creative writing concentration; those who are interested in teaching at the middle school, high school or college level should take the literature concentration. The department also offers English minors in Creative Writing, Literature, and Professional Writing.

Social Justice and Cultural Studies Major

The Social Justice and Cultural Studies major provides at least six foundational courses in cultural studies that train students to analyze systems of power and social formations such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. This interdisciplinary major also partners with departments across campus to provide five distinct vocational tracks for students to choose from, depending on where and how students aspire to create social change: Advanced Cultural Studies; Art for Social Change; Environmental Justice; Pre-Law, Human Rights & Policy; and Social Advocacy & Community Work.

Our Mission

Paying deep attention to how humans use language and cultural signs is an ethical and spiritual discipline, one that teaches intellectual humility even as it empowers us to transfigure the world. Our programs in creative writing, literature, and social justice foster each student’s capacity for empathetic understanding, imaginative insight, and compelling wordcraft. By exploring cultural productions (literature, film, technologies, social movements) of various peoples and time periods, our students learn how to wrestle—rigorously, inventively, and fearlessly—with complex human questions about race and class, gender and sexuality, faith and truth, and material Christian practices. By the time they graduate, students will have had extensive training in charitable critical thinking, analytical interpretation, persuasive argumentation, and intercultural competencies. These skills prepare students for a wide range of careers in areas such as publishing, marketing, and digital media; creative arts and entertainment; education and library science; law, medicine, or ministry; environmental studies; non-profits, social advocacy, and civil rights policy.