English Concentration

Mission Statement

The mission of the English and Communications (ENC) concentration at Providence Christian College, in recognizing The Word as the creative origin of all life (John 1:1-5) is to equip students with college-level thinking and writing skills (writing), discipline-specific content knowledge, and familiarity with established critical approaches to literature (reading) so that they can become effective communicators who work and create in various mediums for the glory of God.

Why Study English at Providence?

Providence Christian College’s English and Communications (ENC) concentration explores the fundamental questions of human existence and experience, such as “Who are we?” “Why are we here?” and “How should we live?” through a specific engagement with the God given gifts of the written and spoken word from a holistic (heart, body, soul, mind) Christian perspective.

At Providence, we believe that all God created was created good, even the language He gave us to communicate with one another. Language is an incredible gift God gave to humankind; we’re the only creatures of creation given it, which clearly illustrates that it is a special gift designed specifically for us.

However, though this great gift has been given to us, we know and confess that creation has fallen, and sin taints every aspect of our lives, language being no exception. We can see this expressed in all forms of communication, from the harsh and corrosive way individuals speak to one another on social media, the news, and even to each other privately, to the disturbing, and often times heartbreaking sinful and broken realities we might encounter in novels, poetry, and movies.

With this in mind, Providence teaches and believes that the Christian’s responsibility is not to recoil from this brokenness but to recognize that these are real and honest truths of our sinful reality, while also understanding that, because language was created good and given to us as a gift, there is a way to actively engage with it in order to seek the truth, beauty, and goodness of creation, so that we might better learn how to love and serve both God and neighbor. Furthermore, as human beings made in God’s image who abide by the Living Word, who is Christ, and the Revealed Word, the Scriptures (as shared in John 1), Christians have an even greater call and responsibility to a study of language, as God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through this gift of human language in His written Word.

Moreover, the revealed Word is also the greatest and grandest of stories, one which compels us to study its complexities for truth, wisdom, and understanding, to find both our place as Christians and God’s place as our creator and Savior in this world. In the same way, language, literature, and communication can, at its foundational level, be understood as story, wherein, through study, we as humans can learn further about creation, ourselves, and our neighbors, in order to seek to love Christ and our neighbors as ourselves, both looking forward to and working toward the redemption of this fallen world.

With this understanding, students who choose to pursue studies in the English and Communications concentration at Providence will become immersed in this Creation, Fall, Redemption framework, studying the art of language, both literature and communications, to learn, analyze, practice, and implement the tools of great writers and communicators who came before them. E&C students will not simply study works of literature and language for the sake of their study, as can often be the case with many other programs, nor will they come to understand it as frivolous culture creation, as can often be part of certain Christian perspectives. Rather, students will be pushed to come to the joyful understanding that the spoken and written word are incredible creative and redeeming tools through which to share the painful realities of sin, but also the even more powerful and joyful realities of redemption in Christ, bringing truth, beauty, and goodness to the world, both believer and non-believer alike. This is an exceptional viewpoint for this study, which is further solidified by a strong foundation in a broad and deep liberal arts education. With this foundation, students will be equipped with the writing and communication skills necessary for Kingdom work in a myriad of fields, as well as receive a strong foundation for a graduate degree in language degrees, such as literature, communication, poetics, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, journalism, and more, where they might joyfully continue to seek wisdom, serving and loving their Lord and neighbor in their redemptive Kingdom calling.

During their first year, students will enroll in ENG 101 and ENG 102. ENG 101 is a composition course where students will explore the fundamentals of writing and learn to communicate their own ideas at a collegiate level. After students have explored these fundamentals, they will enroll in ENG 102 to take their skills a step further, learning to engage with outside sources in exploring their own views, introducing them to critical thinking and asking them to question their own assumptions and the assumptions of others. This is further supported by the vast liberal arts foundation students will receive in their first and second year, with a focus upon philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization courses.

Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core while enrolling in American and British Literatures, Visual Storytelling and Communication, and Principles of Cultural Interpretation. These courses are meant to give second year students an introductory foothold in the ENC concentration, helping them get a taste for which track they might like to take, while they still complete major requirements in the core.

Third-year students enroll in the final four required courses for the ENC concentration, New Media, Poetry, Aesthetics, and Creative and Narrative Writing Workshop, in addition to two ENC concentration electives, while finishing out their core liberal arts requirements. By the end of the first semester of the first year, students should have an idea about which of the three ENC tracks they would like to pursue: Literature and Poetics, Creative Writing, or Communications. Once students have decided upon a track, this will assist them with deciding which electives to take during their third and fourth year. In addition to these electives, students will round out their final degree requirements by completing the two semester capstone course, which will prepare them for future careers and future studies. Students also will have the option to spend a semester abroad during this year, completing their elective courses.

Concentration Learning Outcomes

After active participation and completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Develop communication and critical thinking skills, incorporating a Reformed Christian worldview into thoughts, attitudes, and actions that diminish the power of egocentric and socio-centric tendencies.
  3. Compose college-level analytical essays using rational structure (logos), accepted style and appropriate evidence (ethos), and sympathy for opposing points of view (pathos) that promotes reasoned and civil discourse in philosophical, political, and religious arenas.
  4. Apply a Biblical perspective to literature to nurture wisdom and discernment: Assume an active role in facing and resolving community and global challenges in order to become proactive contributors in the redemption of creation.
  5. Develop information literacy and critical literacy to navigate the media landscape, and analyze and create media messages and formats that fosters a conscientious engagement of a technological society that is historically, politically, and religiously diverse.
Concentration Course Requirements
ENG Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core
ENG 101Composition I: Writing and Research3
ENG 102Composition II: Research, Rhetoric, and Information Literacy3
COM 101Introduction to Public Communication3
ENG 210World Literature3
Course #ENC Required Course Titles Units
COM 201Visual Storytelling and Communication3
MCA 301Principles of Cultural Interpretation3
MCA 320New Media 3
PHL 311Aesthetics3
ENG 221British Literature I3
ENG 212American Literature II3
ENG 303Poetry3
ENG 371Creative and Narrative Writing Workshop 3
Course #ENC Elective Course Titles Units
ENG 360Comparative Literature (LP)3
ENG 365Diversity Literature (LP)3
ENG 385Special Topics-race, gender, form, etc. (LP)3
ENG 345Single Author Studies (LP)3
COM 241Principles of Journalism (C) 3
ENG 321Advanced Writing Workshop (CW) (C)3
COM 375Scriptwriting (CW) 3
COM 231Mass Media and Society or Broadcast Media Journalism (C)3
ENC Capstone Course Titles
LBS 499Capstone: Career Development & E-Portfolio3
ENG/COM 499Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation3
(LP) = Literature and Poetics Track; (CW) = Creative Writing Track; (C) = Communications Track
Concentration Course Map
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureIntroduction to Fine Art
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureAmerican Civilization and Culture
HPEHPE
American Literature IIBritish Literature I
Visual Storytelling and CommunicationPrinciples of Cultural Interpretation
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
MathLab Science
New MediaAesthetics
PoetryCreative and Narrative Writing Workshop
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.

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