The King's College

English

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH
English Major Meeting

English majors at The King’s College study great works of literature in the Western tradition—from Homer, Shakespeare, and Milton to the greatest writers of today. And they don’t just read: they write, too, creating imaginative works of their own.

Study the Works that Shaped Civilization. And Write the Next.

At King’s, students who major in English get an experience that’s different from most of their peers at other schools—one that’s grounded in a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the topic. From the college’s core curriculum in writing, philosophy, theology, politics, and economics to the broader tradition of the arts through the three-course “Arts and Ideas” sequence, the study of English at King’s approaches the humanities as a vital part of our language and literature.

The major includes three foundational literature courses: Classical Literature, which introduces the works of ancient Greece and Rome upon which so much of later Western culture is built; English & American Poetry, which covers the fundamentals of poetic and rhetorical effects in the English language, as well as the history of developments in literary genres; and Shakespeare, whose histories, tragedies, comedies, and poetry influenced virtually every writer who followed, as well as the English language itself.

And English majors at The King’s College don’t just study great works of literature in the Western tradition; they also create imaginative works of their own through a huge variety of creative writing courses, including Fiction Writing, Dramatic Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, and the Poetry Workshop, as well as a creative writing option for the senior project.

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English majors at King’s begin with the college’s strong core curriculum, which emphasizes writing, philosophy, theology, politics, and economics. They become grounded in the broader tradition of the arts through the three-course “Arts and Ideas” sequence.

English majors are required to take three foundational literature courses: Classical Literature, English & American Poetry, and Shakespeare. They choose from among a variety of elective options to study literature, narrative, and language. Those who wish to try their hand at writing may also choose from a variety of creative writing courses, including Fiction Writing, Dramatic Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, and the Poetry Workshop, as well as a creative writing option for their senior project.

Faculty

The faculty who teach in the King’s English major hold a variety of degrees in both the academic study of literature and professional degrees in a number of creative writing genres. Students will work with seasoned writers, editors, and scholars whose connections and experience help prepare students for careers in publishing, writing, communications, academia, and more.

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Ethan Campbell

Dr. Ethan Campbell, Associate Professor of English and Literature; Coordinator, English Major

Featured Profile

Amy Leigh (Cutler) Wicks (’09)
M.F.A Poetry, The New School
Ph.D. Poetry, Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters

The King’s emphasis on writing, reading, and speaking helped Amy Leigh’s creative work to flourish. After graduating, Amy Leigh earned a master’s of fine arts at The New School. While writing her thesis, she developed an interest in New Zealand poet James K. Baxter, whose Christian spirituality was central to his life and work, and whose poetry achieved both immediate resonance and an enduring reputation nationwide. Amy Leigh then began a Ph.D. program in New Zealand to study Baxter and write poetry of her own. Amy Leigh says, “Surrounded by mountains of books, I start my day reading my Bible. I need wisdom and discernment to navigate the ideas I am surrounded by, so I ask for it in prayer, daily.”