The English Concentration at Providence Christian College equips students to answer the obvious questions of who we are and why we are here, it suggests numerous possible answer the questions of who we are and why we are here through the study of language and literature. The concentration provides students with a strong sense of the history behind them and of the culture around them, as well as honing their reading and writing skills. In a practical sense, it prepares them to become the writers, editors, teachers, journalists, lawyers, church and community leaders that shape their society.
The English Department at Providence Christian College recognizes The Word as the creative origin of all life (John 1:1-5) and the word—written and oral—as fundamental to the development and maintenance of human community; it equips students with college-level thinking and writing skills (writing), discipline-specific content knowledge, and familiarity with established critical approaches to literature (reading).
Concentration Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the English concentration will be able to:
- Demonstrate content knowledge: Literacy in British, American, and world poems, plays, short stories, novels, and literary non-fiction; authors’ lives; texts’ historical context; and critical theory.
- Develop communication and critical thinking skills: Compose college-level analytical essays using rational structure (logos), accepted style and appropriate evidence (ethos), and sympathy for opposing points of view (pathos). Deliver effective oral presentations and formulate critical responses to peer work.
- Apply a Biblical perspective to literature: Interpret literary texts within the paradigm of creation, fall, and redemption.
Representative Classes Can Include
- Critical Theory
- Advanced Writing
- American Literature to 1865
- American Literature from 1865
- British Literature
- Non-Western Literature
- Studies in World Literature
- Special Topics in Literature
- Broadcast & Multimedia Journalism
- Script Writing