Department of English

FACULTY

JOOLY M. PHILIP, Coordinator, Department of English; Assistant Professor of English, 2004—
BA, Hofstra University, 1992; MA, Hofstra University, 1994; PhD, Texas Tech University, 1999.

T. ROBINSON BLANN, Professor of English, 1981—
BA, Vanderbilt University, 1971; MA, Emory University, 1973; DA, Middle Tennessee State University, 1987.

PHYLLIS B. FLANNERY, Associate Professor of English, 1970—
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1964; MA, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1971.

GRAHAM HILLARD, Assistant Professor of English, 2007—

BA, Union University, 2002; MFA, New York University, 2005.

MICHAEL A. KAROUNOS, Assistant Professor of English, 2004—
BA, Miami University, 1977; MA, Roosevelt University, 1994; PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2005.

Department of English General Information

The Department of English offers a variety of course work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English or English Education, as well as a minor in English and a minor in Writing. Through a series of three General Education courses in English, all Trevecca students receive instruction in writing and literature studies during their first two years. Tutoring and enrichment programs in basic writing and grammar are available through the Academic Support Center. Introductory language courses in French, German, and Spanish provide students an opportunity to explore communication processes in other cultures.

Advanced programs of study in English may be effectively combined with a complimentary second major or minor in such areas as Secondary Education, Business Administration, Music, Psychology, or Religion for students interested in various career options. A nationwide survey of business leaders, federal employers, and graduate school deans emphasizes the marketability of English majors who possess strong writing skills and problem–solving ability along with a creative understanding of human relationships.

As a capstone to the major, all English majors work with a faculty advisor to prepare either a scholarly paper or collection of creative writing which is presented in a public lecture or performance. Recent projects included original plays, dramatic readings of poetry and fiction, and programs integrating music, slides, and literary texts.

Mission Statement

The English major seeks to prepare graduates who possess strong reading, writing, and thinking skills, along with a creative understanding of human relationships, that will enable them to succeed in professional and personal lives of service to the community.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with an English major will be able to:

  1. Read a variety of written texts with comprehension.
  2. Write clear scholarly reports which analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  3. Interpret and evaluate literary works using various critical approaches.
  4. Critique and edit written reports.
  5. Communicate a coherent understanding of their own values and beliefs according to a Christian aesthetic of faith and literature.

English BA

General Education

53 hours

Major

34 hours

Required

4 hours

ENG

4000

Literary Criticism

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

4200

Comparative Literature

 

ENG

4600

Senior Recitation for English Majors

(1)

American Literature courses

12 hours

ENG

3100

American Puritans and Romantics

(3)

ENG

3200

American Realists and Moderns

(3)

ENG

3400

Southern Literature

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3610

Romantic Literature

 

ENG

3640

Modern American Literature

(3)

English Literature courses

15 hours

ENG

3510

Medieval Literature

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3520

Renaissance Literature

 

ENG

3580

Enlightenment Literature

(3)

ENG

3550

Shakespeare

(3)

ENG

3650

Age of Milton

(3)

ENG

3620

Victorian Literature

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3630

Modern British Literature

 

Electives in English courses above ENG 2000

3 hours

Minor

15-18 hours

General Electives

15-18 hours

Total

120 hours

English Education BA (7-12 Licensure)

See the "Teacher Education Program" section for this Teacher Certification Program.

English Major Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Semester 1

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

ITI

1500

Office and Internet Technologies

(2)

 

 

General Education Math.

(3)

HPE

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

 

 

Gen Ed Intercultural Literacy

(3)

 

Total 16

Semester 2

 

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

HIS

1400

World Civilization I

(3)

 

 

or

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II (fulfilling Gen Ed Contexts choice)

 

 

 

Gen Ed Human Sciences Institutional choice

(3)

MUS

1500

Fine Arts

(3)

 

 

General Elective

(3)

 

Total 15

Sophomore Year

Semester 3

 

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

 

 

Gen Ed Natural Sciences Lab. choice

(3)

 

 

Gen Ed. Behavioral choice

(3)

 

 

Gen Ed Philosophy choice

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 4

 

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

ENG

3400

Southern Literature (odd year)

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3610

Romantic Literature (even year)

 

ENG

3640

Modern American Literature (even year) or general electives

(3)

 

 

Minor

(6)

Total 14

Junior Year

Semester 5

 

ENG

3100

American Puritans and Romantics (even year) or General electives (odd year)

(3)

ENG

4000

Literary Criticism (odd year)

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

4200

Comparative Literature (even year)

 

ENG

3510

Medieval Literature (odd year)

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3520

Renaissance Literature (even year)

 

ENG

3580

Enlightenment Literature (even year) or Minor (odd year)

(3)

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 6

 

ENG

3200

American Realists (odd year) or Minor(even year)

(3)

ENG

3550

Shakespeare (odd year)

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3650

Age of Milton (even year)

 

ENG

3640

Modern American (even year) or general electives (odd year)

(3)

*ENG

3620

Victorian (odd year) or English elective (even year)

(3)

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

Total 15

Senior Year

Semester 7

 

ENG

3100

American Puritans (even year) or

General electives (odd year)

(3)

ENG

3580

Enlightenment (even year) or Minor (odd year)

(3)

*ENG

3630

Modern British Literature (odd year) or English elective (even year)

(3)

REL

4000

Christian Life and Ministry

(3)

 

 

Minor

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 8

 

ENG

3200

American Realists and Moderns (odd year) or Minor (even year)

(3)

ENG

3550

Shakespeare (odd year)

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3650

Age of Milton (even year)

 

ENG

4600

Senior Recitation

(1)

 

 

General Electives

(5)

 

 

Minor or General Elective**

(3)

 

Total 15

 

Total 120 hours

*The student is required to take either ENG 3620 Victorian Literature or ENG 3630 Modern British Literature

**Dependent upon student's choice of minor

English Minors

Minor in English

15 hours

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

ENG

3860

C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3850

Christian Fiction

 

ENG

4450

Genre Studies in Film and Literature

(3)

 

 

or

 

ENG

3040

Modern Drama

 

 

 

Choose two of the following:

(6)

ENG

3010

Poetry

 

ENG

3020

Short Story

 

ENG

3030

Novel

 

Minor in Writing

15 hours

ENG

2100

Creative Writing:Beginning Poetry

(3)

ENG

2200

Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction

(3)

ENG

3460

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry

(3)

ENG

3470

Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction

(3)

 

 

Choose one of the following:

(3)

ENG

3900

Scriptwriting

 

ENG

4510

Career Internship

 

ENG

4000

Literary Criticism

 

English Course Descriptions

ENGLISH

ENG 1010—Introduction to Rhetoric (3)

Intensive practice in writing brief essays for a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences, with emphasis on English grammar and usage. Students who receive an IP or F must repeat ENG 1010. Graded A, B, C, IP, F.

ENG 1020—English Composition (3)

Emphasizes the recursive writing process through appropriate determination of subject, audience, purpose, and style, with correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and logical organization. Students will use appropriate technologies for writing and learning. Students who receive an IP or F must repeat ENG 1020. Graded A, B, C, IP, F.

ENG 1060—English as a Second Language (3)

The study of the English language for students whose native language is not English. The course is specifically designed for international students to improve their mastery of spoken and written English.

ENG 1080—Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking (3)

Emphasizes intellectual and analytical reasoning through reading and writing assignments. Includes instruction in library and research technologies and the writing of a research project. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENG 1020, or ACT English score 28 or higher.

ENG 2000—World Literature (3)

Designed to engage students in dialogue with a variety of Western and Non-Western world literature, past and present. Includes a module of electives from contemporary writers. Prerequisite for all upper-level literature courses. Prerequisite: ENG 1080.

ENG 2100—Creative Writing: Beginning Poetry (3)

Students will analyze and write poems using the rules of various forms including sonnets, ballads, pastorals, villanelles and other such forms. Prerequisite: ENG 1080 or instructor's approval.

ENG 2200—Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction (3)

Students will write brief fiction emphasizing the standard elements of plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, and diction. Prerequisite: ENG 1080 or instructor's approval.

ENG 3010—Poetry (3)

Readings in poetry with emphasis on critical understanding and appreciation of the form and themes of poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 2000.

ENG 3020—Short Story (3)

Readings in short fiction by American, European, and Third World writers. Prerequisite: ENG 2000.

ENG 3030—Novel (3)

Readings of selected novels representing historical, thematic, and cultural trends in world literature. Prerequisite: ENG 2000.

ENG 3040—Modern Drama (3)

Cross listed as COM 4400.

ENG 3050—Satire (3)

Readings in classical, neoclassical, and modern literature which emphasize reform and correction of individuals and societies, including works by Juvenal, Erasmus, Swift, Twain, Thurber.

ENG 3060—Film Theory and Criticism (3)

Cross listed as COM 3700.

ENG 3100—American Puritans and Romantics (3)

A survey of the major authors and literary movements from the Colonial period up to the Civil War, including Edwards, Franklin, Irving, Cooper, Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman.

ENG 3200—American Realists and Moderns (3)

A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, including works by Twain, Crane, London, Dreiser, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, O'Neill, Cather, Lewis, Updike.

ENG 3400—Southern Literature (3)

A study of modern and contemporary southern writers, including Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, the Fugitives, Conroy, Percy.

ENG 3460—Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry (3)

Concentration on producing advanced critical and poetical productions which reflect a mature understanding of the forms of poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 2100.

ENG 3470—Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction (3)

The writing of fiction with an emphasis on the advanced development of plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, and diction. Prerequisite: ENG 2200.

ENG 3510—Medieval Literature (3)

A study of the Anglo–Saxon and Medieval period to 1400, focusing on Celtic prose and poetry, Chaucer, Langland, and continental influences.

ENG 3520—Renaissance Literature (3)

A study of the period 1400–1660, focusing on drama and poetry, including Spencer, Marlowe, the Metaphysicals, and Milton.

ENG 3550—Shakespeare (3)

A study of representative plays by William Shakespeare within the context of their historical and cultural milieu of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Cross listed as COM 3550.

ENG 3580—Enlightenment Literature (3)

A study of the period, 1660–1798, including Dryden, Pope, Swift, Hogarth, and Johnson.

ENG 3610—Romantic Literature (3)

A study of the Romantic period, 1798–1832, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats.

ENG 3620—Victorian Literature (3)

A study of the prose and poetry of Victorian England, 1832–1901, including Dickens, Tennyson, Browning, Bronte, Arnold, Wilde.

ENG 3630—Modern British Literature (3)

A detailed study of twentieth century British writers including Yeats, Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, Shaw, Auden, Thomas, and Hughes.

ENG 3640—Modern American Literature (3)

A study that will cover the years from 1900 to, approximately, 1955 and encompass those writers thought of as "moderns" in poetry, drama and fiction. The course will analyze the thematic content, the cultural background, and the significant stylistic changes that transformed each genre.

ENG 3650—The Age of Milton (3)

A study of the works of the Christian poet, John Milton. His poems and prose will be studies within the context of the Seventeenth Century—a revolutionary time period in England's history. John Milton's often controversial, theological, philosophical and political views will be examined along with other matters pertaining to the poet and his times.

ENG 3750—Children’s Literature (3)

A survey of children's literature in preparation for elementary school teaching and children's librarianship. The best of picture books and prose for children are introduced. Emphasis is placed on implementation of an effective literature program in the elementary grades.

ENG 3800—Adolescent Literature (3)

A survey of young adult fiction in preparation for secondary school teaching. Emphasizes development of an effective secondary level literature program, which reflects cultural and ethnic diversity.

ENG 3850—Christian Fiction (3)

Course participants will read novels written from a Christian perspective selected from the past three centuries in both English and American literature. English novelists include Frances Burney, Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, George MacDonald, Graham Greene, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers. American novelists include Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, and Anne Rice.

ENG 3860—C.S. Lewis and the Inklings (3)

This course will study the writings of C.S. Lewis with additional selections from Inklings Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien and others who might have influenced the works of Lewis. Through fictional works such as the Narnia tales and the Perelandra Trilogy, and through non-fictional works such as The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and numerous essays, students will become exposed to a wide selection of work by C.S. Lewis, as well as novels by Williams, Tolkien, and others.

ENG 3900—Scriptwriting (3)

Cross listed as COM 3900.

ENG 4000—Literary Criticism (3)

A study of literary history, theory, and criticism. The course emphasizes development of individual criteria for evaluation and teaching of literature through seminar presentations, reading of scholarly publications, and writing articles using selected critical approaches.

ENG 4200—Comparative Literature (3)

Selected contemporary world literature in translation, including works by European, African, Asian, and Latino writers.

ENG 433R—Readings in Literature (1–2)

Directed readings in the works of a particular period, culture, theme, or genre. Limited to students with a strong background in literature. Maximum of 2 hours may be applied to a major or minor.

ENG 4330—Directed Study and Research in English (1–3)

Individual guided study and research in areas related to the English field. Projects must be approved by the instructor before enrollment.

ENG 4450—Genre Studies in Film and Literature (3)

Students will view films and read books from genres common to both film and literature. One objective is to compare the difference in the handling of myth (e.g. Beowulf), in archetypes (e.g. the gangster film), in psychology (e.g. Freudian dramas), and in the impact of technology on society (e.g. science fiction). This focus on narrative modes, character analyses, and interdisciplinary studies (e.g. psychology and science) is similar in both disciplines and reinforces the existing knowledge that English majors gain in literary theory as well as conveying new knowledge in the narrative conventions of film..

ENG 4500—Seminar: Special Topics in Literature (1–3)

Seminar for upper–division students who desire to investigate specialized aspects of literature or cross–disciplinary studies in the arts and humanities. Course content varies, so students may register more than once. Possible areas of study include: Fantasy Literature, Women in Literature, Literature and Philosophy (Music, History, Psychology, etc.). Extensive travel may also be involved. May be taken by permission.

ENG 4510—Career Internship in English (1–3)

Supervised study, observation, participation, and instruction in various English–related fields, including writing, editing, tutoring. Internships will be arranged in conjunction with the student's career interests and will include both on–campus and off–campus assignments. Supervision coordinated with the Career Planning Office. (Maximum of 6 hours.) Graded S/U.

ENG 4600—Senior Recitation for English Majors (1)

Individual guided study and research in areas related to the English field. All senior English majors are required to prepare, under faculty advisement and approval, either a collection of creative writing or a scholarly paper to be presented in a public program.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

FRE 1000—French Language and Culture (3)

An introduction to French language and culture, with an emphasis on conversational skills in cultural contexts.

FRE 1500—Elementary French II (3)

Further development of language skills in French, both written and oral. Recommended for students planning on graduate school or ethnic ministries. Prerequisite: FRE 1000 or permission of instructor.

FRE 2000, 2500—Intermediate French I, II (3), (3)

A thorough review of grammar with more advanced exercises in speaking, reading and writing French. Prerequisite: FRE 1500, 3 years of high school French or permission of instructor.

GER 1000—German Language and Culture (3)

An introduction to German language and culture, with an emphasis on conversational skills in cultural contexts.

GER 1500—Elementary German II (3)

Further development of language skills in German, both written and oral. Recommended for students planning on graduate school or ethnic ministries. Prerequisite: GER 1000 or permission of instructor.

GER 2000, 2500—Intermediate German I, II (3), (3)

A thorough review of grammar with more advanced exercises in speaking, reading and writing German. Prerequisite: GER 1500, 3 years of high school German or permission of instructor.

SPA 1000—Spanish Language and Culture (3)

An introduction to Spanish language and culture, with an emphasis on conversational skills in cultural contexts.

SPA 1500—Elementary Spanish II (3)

Further development of language skills in Spanish, both written and oral. Recommended for students planning on graduate school or ethnic ministries. Prerequisite: SPA 1000 or permission of instructor.

SPA 2000, 2500—Intermediate Spanish I, II (3), (3)

A thorough review of grammar with more advanced exercises in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 1500, 3 years of high school Spanish or permission of the instructor.

LAN 1000—Language and Culture: Special Topics (3)

An introduction to special topics in other world language and culture, with emphasis on conversational skills in the specific cultural contexts. Possible areas may include Russian, Chinese, and Italian language and culture.