Sharon Kim, Chair
Pat Hargis, Joel Jupp, Varghese Mathai, Janet Riehecky, Anna Wandtke
Emeritus: Stuart Ryder
To develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that will enable the student to participate effectively and confidently in both written and oral discourse.
- To examine the use of writing in all its forms in both high and popular culture.
- To examine language, literature, worship and media and constructs of society, and how they inform culture- individually, locally, and globally.
- Too value communication and its use as To divine gift, and to articulate its power and impact.
English Department Overview
Communication is an essential part of everyday life, but all too often, our communication can become stale and ordinary. Judson University's English Department recognizes that effective communication in writing, film, business - in any capacity - is an art form of extraordinary measures.
Whether you wish to become a writer, literary critic, English teacher, journalist, blogger, or editor, a major in English will equip you with the academic, personal, and professional skills to pursue a rewarding career. English majors enjoy theme-based courses for in-depth study on one concept such as "Man and Woman," "Hero and Anti-Hero," Nature,"or "Prophetic Comedy," which involves a global range of texts spanning the classical period to contemporary new media.
Judson's English major views language as a divine gift. We seek to be better readers and writers who are capable of understanding, creating, and building great things through this gift. These skills apply to numerous professional fields in our literacy-based digital culture.
In the area of literature, classes include traditional areas of emphasis such as the classics in Western Literature and great authors such as Shakespeare. In addition, we offer unique, thematically-designed courses such as Prophetic Comedy, the Inklings, and Faith and Doubt.
In the area of writing, classes address essentials of advanced writing such as Non-Fiction Prose and Creative Writing and also cover specialized areas such as Screenwriting.
- To learn the art of reading, through exploring a wide range of literature, from various genres, historical periods, and regions of the world.
- To learn the craft of research and writing.
- To understand the foundations of literary theory and criticism.
- To discern and reflect on the spiritual dimension of literary works.
NOTE: English majors should consider seriously the Oxford Summer Program and/or the Oxford Honors Program. See Best Semester or consult your advisor.
Students interested in teaching English at the secondary level should contact the Education Department. We co-advise so that our graduates are certified by the State of Illinois and other cooperating states.
Interdisciplinary Communication Major
For someone seeking a broader experience of communication arts, the interdisciplinary major allows a student to tailor a major uniquely suited to that student's interests and career goals. In close consultation with an adviser, classes will be carefully chosen from the major areas of communication arts: communication studies, English media studies, and worship arts.
- This major allows the student with particular interests or with a particular career goal in mind to create an interdisciplinary program that enables the student to achieve his or her goals. The program must be designed in consultation with a communication arts advisor.
Studying literature is valuable in its own terms and relates to almost every other field of study. Reading skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation apply to numerous professional fields in our literacy-based digital culture.
In the minor, classes include traditional areas of emphasis such as the classics in Western Literature and great authors such as Shakespeare. In addition, we offer unique, thematically-designed courses such as Prophetic Comedy, the Inklings, and Faith and Doubt.
Writing well increases creativity and improves language skills needed in almost every other field of study. These skills apply to numerous professional fields in our literacy-based digital culture.
In the minor, classes address essentials of advanced writing such as Non-Fiction Prose and Creative Writing and also cover specialized areas such as Screenwriting.