English — School of Arts & Sciences — Aquinas College, Nashville
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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 overview of this program of study, click on BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH


Meet the Faculty

Katherine V. Haynes, Ph.D. Communications Writer Adjunct Professor in English

Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University
M.T.S., Emory University
B.A., Mercer University

Sister Mary Edith Humphries, O.P.,, Ph.D. Vice President for Academics Assistant Professor of English (615) 297-7545 x438

Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
M.A., The Catholic University of America
M.S., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A., University of Dallas

Aquinas College welcomes all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin who desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the College to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

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