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
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.

Other English Faculty
Assistant Professor, English
Director of Writing & Assistant Professor of English

New Student Orientation
August 19, 2016