English is one of the most comprehensive and integrative majors in the college curriculum. It has a dual emphasis—the mastery of written English and the study of English, American, and World Literature—and integrates both with issues of faith.
Jesus tells parables, and much of Scripture is full of stories, so there must be something to stories that captures life in a way that other kinds of explanation just can’t. We try to figure out, together, what that is.
Studying literature—the art of storytelling—teaches us how to live more fully. It challenges us to think about problems, calls us to action, and helps us to make sense of the world in which we live. By revealing the deep complexity of human experience, literature enriches our understanding of the complexities in our own lives. It teaches us to see the great beauty and the deep sorrow inherent in life. Most of all, however, by revealing different truths about the world and human experience, it helps us better understand God, who as Truth and Creator continually reveals Himself in the world.
Writing helps us to understand and be understood. It allows us to shape, to form, to comprehend. Writing forces us to think deeply about and achieve a mastery over an issue, and then to present those thoughts in a clear, logical manner for others to comprehend. Writing well requires both complexities of thought and form.
Literature encourages us to appreciate complexity in life, and writing helps us try to unravel the complexities and make sense of things. Through this dual emphasis on literature and writing, the English major equips you with skills, such as communication, interpersonal skills, and analytical skills, which are of fundamental importance both in a career and in living a meaningful life.
Potential careers related English include:
- TV Producer or Writer
- Technical Writer
- Public Relations
- Research Analyst
- Author, Ghostwriter, or Freelance Writer
- Professional Blogger/Web Writer
English majors participate in writing for and editing NCU’s literary journal, The Mustard Seed. Students also have the opportunity to contribute towards NCU’s online newspaper, The Beacon Bolt. As a student-operated online newspaper, the Beacon Bolt seeks to empower students by providing them with a platform for submitting their thoughts and opinions for discussion in the public sphere. English majors will also have the chance to participate in other activities including community service, readings, lectures and much more.
English major alumni work in almost every conceivable field, such as Law, Medicine, Ministry, Publishing, Library, Social Work, Counseling, Technology, Nursing, Business, Non-Profit, and Art. Past students have also had notable capstone projects, which include:
- $7,500 winning grant for a local community vet clinic
- A published recipe book
- A scholarly paper comparing Faust with Star Wars
- A screenplay
COURSES IN THE ENGLISH MAJOR
COURSES IN THE THE ENGLISH MINOR
COURSES IN THE WRITTEN COMMUNICATION MINOR
COURSES IN THE CREATIVE WRITING MINOR
Program Director: James Watson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Baylor University
B.A. Portland State University
Dr. Watson’s research interests cover the breadth of the truly breathtaking twentieth century—primarily exploring the ways writers have made meaning in the wake of the “crisis of representation” brought on by the loss of faith in the power of words to signify. He has published on Cormac McCarthy, Hemingway and Derrida. Otherwise,