English Major

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English Major Overview

Greenville's English Major equips students to make effective use of the written word. The English Major offers courses in American, English, and World literature, creative writing, and in journalism. For those interested in educating others in these areas, we offer majors in English and Spanish Education, as well as offering a certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language.

The Language, Literature and Culture Department welcomes students who are interested in learning about the impulses, dreams, and lives of famous authors and individuals who have shared these experiences through their literature, their language, and their values and belief systems.

Mission Statement

In the English Department at Greenville University, we empower students to build professional and creative skills in a faith-based environment.  We dedicate ourselves to four interrelated pursuits: experiencing and analyzing the diversity and depth of literature in the English language; investigating the origins of that language; cultivating exceptional writing skills in academic, professional, and creative contexts; and reading texts within a global context.  Our chief mission as educators is to enable students to realize the great worth of the literary life, which prepares students for global citizenship as critical thinkers, careful readers, arts advocates, and dedicated professionals.    

Program Objectives:
1.  Reading Objectives: Students will be able to discuss, critique, and synthesize complex texts.  

2. Writing Objectives:  Students will be able to produce well-crafted, well-organized, and well-documented writing that communicates critically, creatively, and journalistically, depending on their area of concentration and career goals.

3.  Literature Objectives:  Students will encounter and interpret British, American, Continental, and non-Western literature and apply various critical approaches to literary texts and authors.

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