Covenant College, The denominational college of the PCA

English

The Department of English seeks to help students understand, appreciate, and use responsibly God's gift of language. Students should develop a Christian awareness of the issues and problems in each area of language use and work toward Christian answers. In this way students should be equipped with the ability to understand language and use it responsibly wherever the Lord leads them after college.

 

Writing

Courses in composition aim to teach students how to generate, organize, and communicate ideas clearly, correctly, and effectively; students also get practice in analyzing and evaluating the ideas of others. Various courses in creative writing offer students a chance to develop their gifts in particular types of writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction. The communication department's courses in playwriting and screenwriting offer additional options.

 

Language

Believing that its students should understand the nature of language as part of the God-given structure of reality, the department offers a variety of courses in linguistics as well as a linguistics minor.

 

Literature

In the department's wide range of literature courses, students learn how to approach and appreciate literary art forms, as products both of the creativity which is part of the image of God in humankind and of human beings living in particular cultures and employing particular literary techniques.

 

Study Elsewhere

Many English majors take advantage of opportunities to study off campus. Of particular interest are programs offered in cooperation with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; these include semester and summer programs at Oxford University as well as semester programs at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and the Washington Journalism Center.

 

After College

A wide range of opportunities is available to graduates of Covenant's English program. Some students, especially those who have completed the education department's certification program, become teachers in secondary schools; but most go in other directions. Some continue their studies in law school or seminary. A significant number continue their study of English or related fields in graduate school and become professors in public universities or Christian colleges. Some have pursued careers in journalism or theatre, while others have found positions in business, government, and non-profit organizations where they can use their skills in analyzing, writing, and editing.

 

“Dr. Tate has always struck me as this relational, enthusiastic, and loving man of God, which is evident in the way he pours into his students. I enjoyed his ability to approach students after class in conversation and pour into them. This made me feel that he was not there to teach and leave, but to share the love of Christ.”
  - sport administration major Caleb McNaughton ’20

 

Programs, Courses, and Requirements

Major and Concentrations

Minors

Dr. Cliff Foreman | Professor of English | Covenant College

Lydia Holt

"I really love the faculty in the English department. All the professors are wise and caring, and they do an excellent job of connecting the study of the English language to faith and calling. In addition, as an English major, there are so many opportunities for work and service that will open up for me because of the well-rounded and rigorous training I’m receiving in the various branches of English."
 - Lydia Holt '19

Maggie Luke

"The English major at Covenant is awesome. Each member of the faculty is incredibly knowledgeable and wise, and really cares about the students. I have always loved to read and write, and the classes offered have grown me as a writer and reader in so many areas...there’s something about the English major that just has you constantly thinking about things; chapel talks tie into something you’re reading, core classes enhance your understanding of literature. English lets you get inside the heads of so many different people: your classmates, your professors, an author from sixty years ago. You learn from others, and are given this space to contribute."
 - Maggie Luke '20

Evan Lecksell

"I’m really interested in my Introduction to Literary Studies course. It is the first class I’ve had that actually got me excited about poetry, and if you have to have class at 8 a.m., Dr. Barham is the best professor to transition you from being asleep 5 minutes ago to being energized and excited about what you study. Dr. Barham’s love for literature is contagious, and you find yourself happily engaged in types of literature you never thought you would care about."
 - Evan Lecksell '19