Take hold of the tools that let you analyze our language. As you lay out its components and put them back together, you’ll find yourself looking into what it means to be a human being.

How can people speak such different forms of the same language? How does language change depending on your class, or your gender, or where you’re from? How do people acquire language in the first place?

Learn how the intricate mechanics of the English language—and language in general—works. Through sociolinguistic research, discover the immense depth and significance of language and how it is entangled in politics, society, culture, gender, and faith.

Student involvement

Study abroad in England, Hungary, Ghana, or New England. Participate in department-wide retreats. Write for our student publications, Chimes and Dialogue. Volunteer for the Festival of Faith and Writing student committee. Apply to be a Hudson-Townsend Fellow for Calvin Center for Faith and Writing.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(37-38 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
  • Language:
  • Two from Literature/Writing:
    • ENGL-200 Literature in a Global Context
    • ENGL-202 Russian Literature
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-225 African American Literature
    • ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature
    • ENGL-230 Understanding Literature
    • ENGL-234 Gender and Literature
    • ENGL-238 Film as a Narrative Art
    • ENGL-260 The Craft of Writing
    • ENGL-261 Academic and Professional Writing
    • ENGL-262 Business Writing
    • ENGL-264 Basic Journalism
    • ENGL-266 Feature Journalism
    • ENGL-299 Special Topics in Literature
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-332 The Novel
    • ENGL-333 Poetry
    • ENGL-334 Drama
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • ENGL-360 Creative Nonfiction
    • ENGL-362 Creative Writing
    • ENGL-365 Writing in Digital Environments
    • ENGL-390 Independent Study
    • or an approved English interim (at least one must be a literature course)
  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • One from:
    • CLAS 242
    • CAS 231
    • CAS-238 Theory and Communication
    • CAS-240 Group Communication
    • CAS-253 Intercultural Communication
    • CAS-260 Interpersonal Communication
    • CAS-305 Persuasion and Propaganda
    • CAS 311
    • CAS 327
    • CAS-352 Communication Ethics
    • CAS 384
    • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
    • DUTC-309 Netherlandic Civilization
    • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • GER-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GEOG 320
    • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
    • IDIS 302
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • JAPN-302 Advanced Japanese Language II
    • PHIL 173
    • PHIL-357 Philosophical Anthropology
    • PHIL-378 Philosophy of Language and Interpretation
    • PHIL-381 Advanced Logic
    • PSYCH-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
    • PSYCH-208 Developmental Psychology I: Child
    • PSYCH-333 Brain and Behavior
    • PSYCH-334 Cognitive Psychology
    • REL-307 Interpreting the Bible
    • SOC-153 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
    • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
    • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
    • SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the United States
    • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
    • SPAN-341 Spanish Syntax and Sociolinguistics
    • SPAN-370 Advanced Cultural Topics
    • SPAUD-210 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms
    • SPAUD-212
    • SPAUD-215
    • SPAUD-311 Child Language Development
    • SPAUD-361
    • SPAUD-384 Speech Sound Disorders across the Lifespan
    • SPAUD-387
    • or another cognate or English elective approved by advisor One from:
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