Department of English & Modern Languages
Anderson University English programs are offered through the Department of English and Modern Languages. AU offers excellent programs for students interested in both general humanities and pre-professional preparation. Though the majority of our students are language arts teaching majors and literary studies majors, an almost equal number are writing majors and minors. Most of our language arts teaching graduates have taught here in the United States, while many others have taught abroad. Among those who have gone on to graduate school are Fulbright Scholars and published writers. Our majors include:
Introductory courses develop necessary skills for critical reading, analytical thinking, and literary interpretation. Literature courses — with a balance of American, British, and world offerings — develop a dialogue between the past and present across political, cultural, and ideological barriers. Literature, as it reflects human activity, helps us understand human values, motives, ourselves and society.
As an outgrowth of its courses in upper-division writing, the Department of English offers a major and a minor in writing, both of which are designed to complement any major on campus by offering the opportunity to pursue advanced training in expository, argumentative, non-fiction, and creative writing endeavors. The department also provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of literary publications and contests.
Hannah’s story as a Raven — when it feels like home, it’s different.
“The English department here at AU pushed me to explore new concepts and ideas, while also providing a safe and loving learning environment. I was able to learn more about writing and literature, while also creating relationships that inspired and encouraged me.”
— Hannah Frick, Dance Major and English Minor, class of 2023