The English department bases its curriculum, teaching and other endeavors on the belief that human beings, created in the image of God, are themselves creative and that language and literature are important dimensions of their creativity. We teach, pursue scholarship and write out of a commitment to the power of language as expressed and reflected in the Word of God; we encourage our students to do the same. We believe that Christians are called to evaluate as well as appreciate language. Thus, we seek to develop students’ skills in hearing, reading, writing and critically responding.
Through the experience of literature and related arts, through the clear and creative use of language and through understanding language itself, our students come to: