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“I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me.” – Ralph Waldo
If you love to read, would like to become a better writer, and would like to sharpen
your critical thinking and communication skills, then the English major is for you.
The English major is devoted to the understanding of language and literature. But the major is much more than just reading and writing. You will find space and
encouragement to examine the relationship between faith and culture and, in response,
to consider your purpose and vocation.
You will come under the influence of the written word, with its power to inform, to
delight, and to transform. Due to emphases on writing, speaking, analysis, research, and problem solving,
you will learn to communicate more effectively, to relate to others more fully, and
to engage the world more deeply. And through study abroad and internships like the
Oregon Extension and the King Italy Excursion, you can experience firsthand what you have read.
Our department is close-knit and vibrant. We share meals together, attend local plays
and movies, have Christmas and Spring parties, go on weekend trips to the American
Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, and much more.
In Fall 2016, the English Department debuted an undergraduate journal, The Holston,
a rigorous and beautiful publication that you can take part in shaping. The Holston Journal
strives to illustrate the powerful nature of community, and the world in which we
live. The quality of submissions, the hand-drawn cover and page illustrations, and
the brilliance of the design, demonstrates the importance of the arts to the King
As an English major, you will be well-equipped to enter any field that requires critical
thinking, and solid speaking, reading, and writing skills. You can pursue teaching,
writing, law, publishing, marketing—to name only a few. Or, we will help prepare you
for graduate school to further your study.
To view all required courses for a BA in English click here.
To view all required courses for a Minor in English click here.
For English course descriptions click here.
The English program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless
and webcam capability.
For information about accreditation click here.