Why study English? The Aquinas College English major combines the study of genres, authors and language into a unique and cohesive curriculum. The capacity of literature to explore and analyze the human condition and consequences of choice, especially moral choice, underscores its relevance as a unique mode of knowing. Thus, the anchor of the major is the genre-based World Literature series, supporting surveys in English and American literature and studies of authors such as Dante and Shakespeare. In addition, the English major will develop important communication skills, especially writing, as well as analytical abilities valued for post-graduate education or employment.
Sr. Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P., Professor of English
Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Providence College
(615) 297-7545 ext. 453
Sr. Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P., enjoys teaching General Linguistics, Advanced Grammar (syntax), Advanced Composition, History of the English Language, Freshman Composition I and II (which she considers an art form), and upper-division Scripture courses such as Wisdom Literature, Prophets, Synoptic Gospels, and the Writings of John. She was the Special Contributor for Dialect in the third edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, contributed a chapter to the recent book The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision, and has published articles and presented on Scriptural and other topics.
Aaron Urbanczyk, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. Florida State University
M.A. Franciscan University
(615) 297-7545 ext. 434
Dr. Urbanczyk’s teaching and scholarly interests include American literature, literary theory, and 20th century Catholic fiction. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in in Religion & the Arts, the St. Austin Review, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, Essays in Arts & Sciences, Papers on Language & Literature, the Journal for Cultural & Religious Theory, Perspectives in Religious Studies, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, The Catholic Thing, and the Ignatius Critical Editions of Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Katherine Haynes, Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University, M.T.S. Emory University
(615) 297-7545 ext. 490
Katherine Haynes teaches Dante, Shakespeare, English literature and composition at Aquinas. Recent scholarly papers and presentations include the theological significance of Baconian epistemology in George Herbert’s English lyrics, the role of Mary as the reference point for concrete language in late medieval English mystical texts, and Dante’s historiography. Currently, she is exploring the significance of nonverbal communication in the third cantiche of La Commedia. She is Director of the Aquinas Players and is the head of the House for St. Rose of Lima. She is a member of The Shakespeare Association of America, The Dante Society of America, The Medieval Academy, and the MLA.