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English

Offered: On Campus Apply

To major in English at Vanguard University is to enter a world in which students are presented with a colorful variety of curricular options: from the study of literature and its rich legacy of authors, genres and theory to the practice and development of creative writing and journalism, and their many branches and forms, a degree in English, with its emphasis on the mastery of language, will literally prepare you for any career.

The English department facilitates the rigorous study of literature and writing through Christian perspectives on ethics, imagination, diversity, and truth; informed analysis of creative literature, and advanced strategies and techniques of written communication, rhetorical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, and literary theory. The English department promotes spiritual development through the integration of faith and learning.“The major's traditional routes of teaching, publishing, and editing are always available, but many students fail to realize how adaptable and diverse your opportunities are with an English major!”            
Kyle Durham, '12
We are a close-knit department, an interpretive community of critical thinkers and writers, and students can expect the kind of personal, one-on-one feedback and guidance that will lift them to a higher skill set.The English department at VU gave me a safe space to find my voice and taught me to courageously pursue deeper truths beneath the surface of a story 
Ashley Scriven, '18

While earning a B.A. in English, you will customize your experience by choosing one of the below options and/or emphases:

ITEP (Integrated Teacher Education Program) in English.

Creative Writing emphasis.

Literary and Textual Analysis emphasis.

Minor in Journalism and Digital Media.

An English minor is also offered.

 

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Craft Your Future

English majors graduate with an impressive skill set and find rewarding careers in a variety of fields.

Recent alumni study at:

  • Columbia University
  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Pepperdine University
  • Chapman University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • San Diego State
  • Concordia University
  • Liberty University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of York

Recent alumni work in:

  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Social Media Management
  • ESL
  • Law
  • Podcasting
  • Author – Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter
  • Youth Pastor
  • English and Literacy Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Counseling
  • Administration

Recent alumni work for:

  • Marked Ministry
  • College Living Experience
  • Chapman University
  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
  • Earth to Us - Podcast
  • Salamander - Podcast
  • YMCA
  • Newport Mesa Church
  • YouVersion
  • Women Kick Balls – independent news source

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Warren Doody M.F.A

Warren Doody M.F.A

Associate Dean of Division of Education, Arts and Humanities, Professor of English
Laurie Hatch PhD

Laurie Hatch PhD

Associate Professor of English
Jennifer Russum PhD

Jennifer Russum PhD

Assistant Professor of English

Crysal Couch

Crystal Couch M.A

Crystal Couch M.A

Kyle Durham M.A

Kyle Durham M.A

Mary Elizabeth Frandson M.F.A

Mary Elizabeth Frandson M.F.A

Adjunct

Shana Koh PhD

Ona LaMotte M.A

Ona LaMotte M.A

Karrie Preasmyer

Karrie Preasmyer

Adjunct
James Prothero PhD

James Prothero PhD

Adjunct
Matthew Walker M.A

Matthew Walker M.A

ADJUNCT
Amanda White M.A

Amanda White M.A

Heidi Zameni PhD

Heidi Zameni PhD

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