Department of English

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Department of English ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Department of English at Grove City College prepares students for graduate and professional study, as well as a wide variety of careers. The Department is dedicated to the study of the great works of English, American, and world literature.  Our approach is to read the literature for its explorations of the fundamental questions regarding the nature of God and man, the meaning of moral choice, the purpose of life, and the possibility of salvation.   Our goal is to equip the student to discover this truth wherever it may be found, but especially in the enduring works of the literature of Western Civilization. 

We affirm the classical tradition in literary studies, especially as challenged and shaped by Christian thought through the centuries.  True to that tradition, we believe that literature engages us in psychagogia, the leading of the soul to virtue and wisdom. Following an exegetical approach, faculty challenge students to analyze idea, form and cultural context in formulating their response to particular works of literature. 

The study of literature is for us an experience of Christian stewardship and we welcome into our program all those eager both to stir up in themselves the God-given gifts of intelligence and imagination, and to think after them the thoughts of the writers who have shaped us and our civilization.​

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​A minor in theatre offers students the opportunity to develop both an appreciation of dramatic literature and skills in the various arts and crafts of the theatre.

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English Major Leading to 7-12 Certification in English and Communication

Grove City College provides a solid foundation to students wishing to educate the young men and women of tomorrow. Students majoring in English leading to 7-12 certification in English and Communication take courses specific to the major along with the required liberal arts and education core.
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Minor in English

Students complete 18 credit hours of course requirements to minor in English and may choose from a wide variety of courses.

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Minor in Studio Art

Students minoring in studio art may choose from a broad selection of courses including drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, print-making, history and appreciation of art, elements of design, history of pueblo pottery and photography.​

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B.A. in English

The English major is for students who love to read, discuss and write about great literature. Students complete 36 credit hours of course requirements in addition to the College core curriculum.

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Minor in Communication Studies

​Students complete 18 credit hours of course requirements to minor in communication studies.

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