Jul 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



  • David Athey, M.F.A.
  • Jenifer Elmore, Ph.D., Chair of Department of English
  • Samuel Joeckel, Ph.D.
  • Susan E. Jones, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities

Associate Professors

  • Carl Miller, Ph.D.  
  • Beate Rodewald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Eric Tippin, Ph.D. 


Instruction in the Department of English engages students with writings that best illuminate the human condition – our history and the religious, social, philosophical, and aesthetic elements that comprise culture. Students are encouraged to become informed critical and analytical readers, and to respond to literature through active discussion and thoughtful writing. The English curriculum encourages students to approach literary study from a faith-based, interdisciplinary perspective. The mission of the dual major in English and Secondary Education is to prepare highly competent, pre-service English Secondary Education teachers for diverse classrooms through academic and clinical experiences.

Requirements for the Major

Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to create a program of study that:

  1. meets all requirements;
  2. develops the special interests of the student; and
  3. makes strategic use of allied courses from other disciplines to enhance the educational experience.

Students should carefully choose a minor or second major that complements English and their personal career objectives. All English electives must be taken at 3000 level or higher.

Modern Language Requirements

All English majors must successfully complete at least two semesters of elementary language study OR one semester of intermediate modern language study at the college level. Students may meet this requirement by successfully completing two elementary courses in one or more modern languages with a final grade of C- or higher OR completing one intermediate course in a modern language with a final grade of C- or higher.

NOTE: No CLEP or transient study credits may be applied to fulfill this requirement. Transfer credits and other forms of credit-by-examination will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may not be approved to fulfill this requirement.

English Majors taking modern language requirement courses in Spanish, French, or German at PBA should use one of these courses to fulfill the Global Studies requirement.

Students considering graduate study in English are strongly advised to take additional modern language courses (intermediate level or higher) as well as ENG 4543 - Modern Literary Theory  and ENG 3193 - Advanced Composition .