The English department invites all students to enter the dialogue about human life (which is the defining characteristic of human life) through the writing major's distinctive integration of writing, reading, creative expression, and critical thinking. In every English class, the student is continually challenged to write clearly and effectively, to read carefully and critically, and to care deeply, reflecting the Christ-centered focus of the college. The English department serves the goals of the entire institution and all students, regardless of major.
Students who choose to become writing majors should expect to commit themselves to substantial reading, to ongoing dialogue with other thinkers, and to excellence in writing. All writing majors prepare not just for specific careers but for all of life by listening to, learning from, and sometimes arguing with the thinkers and writers who continue to shape our world.
At Huntington University, the size of classes as well as the mission of the college allows for considerable individual interaction between faculty and students.
The English department emphasizes the critical use of modern technology in pursuing educational goals by means of computer-assisted composition, on-line syllabi, literature chatrooms, email assignments, and CD-rom study guides. With the help of a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the department is presently piloting a technology project for the college. Students are invited to help develop ways to make these new technologies serve (rather than dehumanize) the cause of education in the 21st Century.
Students work closely with faculty on writing projects, including the publication of Ictus, the college's literary magazine. A local chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society recognizes outstanding English majors.
The program prepares you for writing careers with classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and history and structure of the English language along with a writing capstone. Uniquely, you will also have the opportunity to learn journalism through courses offered in the communication department, including introduction to news writing and advanced reporting and news writing.