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Student Opportunities in English

Extracurricular Activities

  • The Bagpipe - student newspaper
  • The Tartan - yearbook
  • The Thorn - literary magazine
  • Sigma Tau Delta - national English honorary society open to students who have completed a number of English courses with an above-average GPA
  • Drama Club
  • Musical theatre productions
  • Other special-interest clubs, which may vary from year to year


Off-Campus Studies

Programs of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

  • Oxford Programme - Spend a summer or a semester at Oxford University in England.
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center - Spend an intensive semester immersed in film with professionals and other Christian students.
  • Washington Journalism Center - Spend a semester on Capitol Hill to cultivate professional skills and think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media.


Other possibilities

Covenant students may take advantage of other programs for study abroad, either for a semester or for a summer. From time to time, the department may offer off-campus courses during the May Term.



Through the Practicum in Journalism, students may gain experience in positions on campus or in the Chattanooga area.


Students interested in missions, including teaching English as a Second Language, may take advantage of summer programs offered through Mission to the World, English Language Institute/China, and similar organizations.


Professional Meetings

Professors in the department are leaders in the regional and national Conference on Christianity and Literature and encourage students to submit papers to be read at the annual southeastern meeting.

Dr. Nola Stephens

Dr. Stephens discusses the importance of language in Scripture and describes the excitement of studying linguistics as a believer.

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