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.


Upon completion of the program, the English graduate will be able to:

  • Identify and critique major figures and movements in the development of English, American, and other literatures in translation, with emphasis on the Western literary heritage.
  • Understand the relationship between literature and its cultural context.
  • Understand how literature explores the moral and spiritual experiences of humanity, particularly in a Christian context.
  • Understand and appreciate the language of English in its development, form, and expression.
  • Develop writing that is concise, logical, effective, graceful, and correct according to the conventions of written Standard English.
  • Do scholarly research in the domains of literary studies and the English language.


For an overiew of the program of study, click on BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH


Meet the Faculty

Dr. Katherine Haynes
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University,
M.T.S. Emory University
(615) 297-7545 x490

Katherine Haynes teaches a variety of courses for Arts and Sciences, such as Dante, Shakespeare, English and comparative literatures, composition, and speech. Her commitment to undergraduate education is evidenced in recent scholarly publications and presentations that include a chapter in the forthcoming 2nd edition of MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy: “Scaffolding for Scholarly Research in a Senior-Level Course Devoted to Dante in Translation” and a public lecture at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, “Remembering Shakespeare or What He Hath Left Us: The Remarkable Rise of the First Folio” in conjunction with the Folger “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In 2018, in addition to ongoing literary research and classroom teaching, she has been contributing to Faculty Work Groups for the Tennessee State Department of Education Dual Credit Programs in both Speech Communication and English Composition I. Professional memberships include The Shakespeare Association of America, The Dante Society of America, and MLA.