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:
- 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, incorporating a Reformed Christian worldview into thoughts, attitudes, and actions that diminish the power of egocentric and socio-centric tendencies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 101||Composition I: Writing and Research||3|
|ENG 102||Composition II: Research, Rhetoric, and Information Literacy||3|
|COM 101||Introduction to Public Communication||3|
|ENG 210||World Literature||3|
|Course #||ENC Required Course Titles||Units|
|COM 201||Visual Storytelling and Communication||3|
|MCA 301||Principles of Cultural Interpretation||3|
|MCA 320||New Media||3|
|ENG 221||British Literature I||3|
|ENG 212||American Literature II||3|
|ENG 371||Creative and Narrative Writing Workshop||3|
|Course #||ENC Elective Course Titles||Units|
|ENG 360||Comparative Literature (LP)||3|
|ENG 365||Diversity Literature (LP)||3|
|ENG 385||Special Topics-race, gender, form, etc. (LP)||3|
|ENG 345||Single Author Studies (LP)||3|
|COM 241||Principles of Journalism (C)||3|
|ENG 321||Advanced Writing Workshop (CW) (C)||3|
|COM 375||Scriptwriting (CW)||3|
|COM 231||Mass Media and Society or Broadcast Media Journalism (C)||3|
|ENC Capstone Course Titles|
|LBS 499||Capstone: Career Development & E-Portfolio||3|
|ENG/COM 499||Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation||3|
Concentration Course Map
|Year One - Fall||Year One - Spring|
|New Testament I||New Testament II|
|Composition I||Composition II|
|Philosophical, Political & Economic Thought||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture|
|The Christian Mind||Lifespan Development|
|Intro to Public Communication||Principles & Practice of Innovation|
|Year Two - Fall||Year Two - Spring|
|Old Testament I||Old Testament II|
|World Literature||Introduction to Fine Art|
|Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and Culture||American Civilization and Culture|
|American Literature II||British Literature I|
|Visual Storytelling and Communication||Principles of Cultural Interpretation|
|Year Three - Fall||Year Three - Spring|
|Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||Principles of Management, Organization, and Communication|
|Poetry||Creative and Narrative Writing Workshop|
|Year Four - Fall||Year Four - Spring|
|Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation|
|Spanish I*||Spanish II*|