English Overview

The vision of the English Department at WJU is to impact the world through Christian literary scholarship and creative and professional writing. The English program at WJU offers several distinctives. First of all, we approach the study of literature and writing with a Christian worldview. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, and that the study of great writings throughout the ages can give us a glimpse of God’s interaction with the world that He created. Second, we offer concentrations in both creative and professional writing, because we are committed to the highest standards for Christian writers. Finally, we know that the study of literature and of writing can be, and should be, a transformative experience, and we desire that all students should grow to know themselves, others, and God more deeply through their study of English.


  • Academically and intellectually rigorous
  • Small class sizes
  • Workshop approach to critical and creative writing
  • Advanced seminar and capstone classes
  • Practicum and travel opportunities
  • Christ-centered, faith based courses
  • Personalized advising
  • WASC Accredited

Career & Internship Opportunities

  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Ministry
  • Human Resources
  • Technical Writing
  • Social Networking
  • Creative Writing
  • Public Relations

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze works of poetry, fiction, and drama from various eras of American and English literature.
  • Think and write clearly and analytically.
  • Integrate aesthetic appreciation and evaluation in a wide variety of written genres.
  • Integrate their faith and their learning in the discipline.
  • Concentration in literature
  • Complete an original work of criticism.
  • Be prepared for graduate study in literature.
  • Concentration in creative writing
  • Create an original work of literature.
  • Workshop their own work and the work of others.
  • Be prepared for graduate study in a fine arts writing program.
  • Concentration in teaching
  • Be prepared for entrance into a single-subject credential program in English.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of content in the four English domains of literature and textual analysis; language, linguistics, and literacy; composition and rhetoric; and communications, speech, media, and creative performance.
  • Complete an original work of scholarship in the discipline, including research and presentation in multiple genres utilizing current technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging issues in literacy, language acquisition, and multicultural studies.
  • Interpret works in a wide variety of genres, including non-literary, visual, and technologically mediated texts, and from canonical as well as diverse sources, in their cultural contexts.
  • Concentration in professional writing
  • Complete an original work of professional writing.
  • Participate in a variety of contemporary professional writing endeavors.
  • Concentration in TESOL
  • Qualify for TESOL certification.
  • Be prepared to teach English to speakers of other languages in a wide variety of domestic and foreign situations.
Featured Faculty
Chair, Department of English
Why do you enjoy working at Jessup?

In “Burnt Norton, poet T.S. Elion writes: “Except for the point, the still point, / There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” The metaphor of the still point and the dance offers one of the best images I can think of for my conception of literary studies. The still point is, of course, God, and it is only because of Him that there is anything else. Yet around that “still point of the turning world” there exists the dance, the whirling, gyrating, chaotic, magnificent, almost infinite dance, of which the study of literature is only a small part. William Jessup University provides a place for me to teach the literature that I love to those who love it too, and to teach it in a way that honors both the still point, and the dance.

English Faculty
Assistant Professor, English