The English program seeks to develop perceptive and critical thinking abilities through the study of literature and the English language and to furnish creative and researched methods of writing to express these insights. The English major is balanced with attention to literature, language and writing. Courses are taught by professors who are equipped to integrate biblical principles into the scope of literature and language study. English majors are thus prepared for graduate school and for careers in writing, publishing, editing, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and as librarians.
Examples of courses in this major:
A course for students who have mastered college-ready writing and whose academic or career objectives require professional-level writing skills. This class is designed to introduce students to theories of written communication; expand their rhetorical skills; improve the clarity, accuracy, grammar, and structure of their writing; and give them experience writing for different audiences across a variety of platforms (including digital media). In addition to extensive writing, the course involves interactive workshops where students learn to give and receive useful feedback to improve their and others’ writing.
An advanced course emphasizing the process of narrative and creative writing. Clear expository writing is also stressed. The course offers a workshop approach with revision techniques and mutual criticism.
This class serves as a gateway to the English major. It provides students with an intensive experience of discovering how literature makes meaning, acquaints students with the standard analytic modes of the discipline, and introduces students to literary scholarship at the college level and beyond.
A continuation of the previous course, concentrating on Romantic, Victorian, modernist, and postmodern literature. The course introduces the major political, historical, cultural, and literary influences of each period, and considers how such forces shaped individual works of literature.
A survey of the development of American literature from colonial times through revolutionist, romantic and transcendentalist prose, poetry and fiction up to the mid-19th century, augmented by select longer fictional works.
A study of the era, life and works of this great literary master, with a close reading and video viewing of his histories, comedies and tragedies as well as a study of his other poetic contributions.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
Lauren Rich joined the Grace faculty in 2014 as assistant professor of English. She previously worked for several years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. She has taught a variety of courses in the past, including a course she designed called "Voracious Reading: Four Centuries of Food and Fiction." Her personal interests include collecting vintage cookbooks, experimenting in the kitchen and gardening. She and her husband, Brandon, have two children, Jonah and Margot.
B.A. in English Education, Grace College; M.A. in English, St. Francis College; Ph.D. in Literature, Composition, and Journalism, Ball State University
Paulette Sauders joined the faculty of Grace College in 1965. Her main areas of expertise in literature are in C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare and drama of all eras. She takes students every fall to Stratford, Canada, to see the plays at the Shakespeare Festival. She also takes students each spring break to England, visiting London, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford, Bath, Stonehenge/Salisbury and Wales. She has presented papers at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis and Friends monthly meetings as well as at their biennial C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium. She advises the school newspaper, the Sounding Board, and does editing work both for Grace College and for outside organizations and individuals.
B.A. in English, Westmont College; M.A. in English Literature, University of California (Santa Barbara); M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Frank Benyousky joined the Grace College faculty in 1985. He specializes in English Renaissance and C. S. Lewis, has written on George MacDonald, and has completed advanced studies in communication at Notre Dame. Benyousky directed the Grace College Prison Extension program from 1989 to 2005.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Directs and coordinates activities of writers who are engaged in preparing creative, technical, scientific, medical or other material for publication. Analyzes developments in specific fields to determine need for revisions, corrections and changes in previously published works.
Develop and implement global strategies that enhance advertising revenue. Find new sources to generate growth and profit through online media products. Prepare complete monthly and/or quarterly reports and sales forecasts.
Working within a library system provides many opportunities to serve as a resource for library users and researchers. In addition to being specialists in the care and cataloging of books and online databases, librarians provide a variety of services to the public, often functioning as educators and community leaders. Administrative positions are available with further graduate study.
Contract with organizations to provide writing services that are creative, insightful, and/or technical and always tailored to the marketplace. Remain up to date on current trends in the field in which they write by being a continuous learner.
ENL (English as a New Language) teachers are in high demand today in U.S. cities/towns and around the globe in nearly every country of the world.
What others are saying:
During my time at Grace, some of my favorite classes were in the English program. As an English Education major, I was able to experience the best of both worlds by taking English and education classes. I know that the English classes prepared me well for the teaching world. During my student teaching semester, I referred to my notes and knowledge from the many English classes I took, including American Literature, Modern American Grammar, Shakespeare and Adolescent Literature. These classes, and my professors, helped me feel prepared to teach literature, grade essays, encourage students to read, teach grammar and focus on the students as people. In this department, the professors care to know you as a person. They are willing to meet with students one-on-one to help with the class. By the time I graduated, each professor knew me for who I was, not only academically, but they asked after me and my life. As one who chose this college because I didn't want to just be a number on a roster, that had immeasurable value. At Grace, you are prepared to be competent in whichever career field you choose, your professors care about who you are as a person, and you are encouraged to not only grow in your knowledge mentally, but also to develop who you are, your character, and then to give back to others in service.
—Katie Graham, English Education, 2013
As an English Education major, I loved that the English classes taught me to stretch my mind and respectfully debate ideas with others, while the education classes helped me learn how to nurture and lovingly challenge students. I was confronted with diverse beliefs in the literature we read, [which] presented a challenge to me, yet my professors gently pointed me toward truth. This is the kind of teacher that I want to be.
—Jillian Jones, English Education, 2013