The English Department aims to
engage its students in the study of literature, language, and
media integrated with the practices of communicating and writing.
Such study is both a creative and useful art, important for personal
development and necessary for every profession.
The Department will teach works of the literary canon as well
as newly recognized works of diverse written and oral expression.
We hope to share the love of language and literature with our
We will guide their understanding of human experience and values,
encouraging their initiative and responsibility regarding the
traditions of literary and linguistic criticism; the genres of
literature, media, and writing; and historical and multicultural
contexts. Having such resources of intelligence and wit, they
will be prepared to communicate thoughtfully and effectively about
a range of subjects, and will understand the power and limitations
of various media. They should develop the competence to make their
way in the new "knowledge society."
English graduates from King's College are now practicing law;
working for advertising firms, publishing companies, newspapers,
local, state and federal government; and ministering to people
as religious leaders. Others are teaching and serving as administrators
at all educational levels. Many others hold positions of responsibility
and leadership in business, industry, and the health field. For
more information on career opportunities, including internships
during undergraduate study, consult the Chairperson.
Except for the Senior Seminars (ENGL 491 and 492), Independent
Research (ENGL 496) and Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice
(ENGL 328), English courses are ordinarily open to all qualified
students regardless of their major. ENGL 241 (Advanced Writing)
is a prerequisite for all advanced writing courses, and ENGL 200
(Foundations Seminar) is required for all majors.
Students majoring in English have considerable flexibility in
choosing a program. Courses should be selected, however, in consultation
with a departmental advisor in the light of the individual student's
interest and career goals. The English major encourages cross-disciplinary
study. Depending on their interests, time and career plans, students
majoring in English are able to pursue a second major or minor
in other fields of study.