Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 87

Prof. Esther Joy T. Chua, Chairperson
Department Distinctives
The Depar tment of English at The Master’s
College regards the study of language and literature as cen-
tral to a Christian liberal arts education. It merits this cen-
trality, in part, because of the very nature of the Christian
faith: God chose to reveal His dealings with humans in a his-
torical and literary way—the Word of God, a Word which
employs literary forms and rhetorical strategies to engage its
audience. It also merits a central position because
literature contains traces of God’s tr uth (e.g.,
truthfulness to the human experience), occupies a
place in human culture receiving God’s blessing, and
often fulfills the qualifications of Philippians 4:8.
We affirm that the noblest reasons for acquiring
l i t e r a c y a r e t o r e a d t h e S c r i p t u r e s w i t h
understanding and sympathy; to articulate the truth of
God clearly, attractively, and convincingly; and to be
equipped to recognize truth expressed in many sources,
discerning it from partial truth and error, testing all by the
biblical standard.
Through the study of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and
critical theory, students in the English major can
• Begin to understand how God has unfolded history,
as they explore literature that both illuminates the past
and becomes itself part of the historical record.
• Acquire critical reading and thinking skills that enable
them to develop biblically based discernment.
• Extend the range of their intellectual, moral, and
spiritual vision as they explore works that deal with
the great issues of life, death, purpose, and destiny.
• Grow as persons as they participate in the vicarious
experience of literature and see life from a variety of
• Develop their abilities to write clearly, attractively, and
perceptively and learn to converse in the marketplace
of ideas.
• Prepare for advanced studies in English.
The Department of English offers a primarily
traditional curriculum. The philosophy and prac-
tice of the faculty is to emphasize works of recog-
nized and enduring merit in the canon of English,
American, andworld literature. At the same time, they remain
receptive to the inclusion of newor neglected works that are
compatible with the department’s philosophy. Several cours-
es examine critical theory, and faculty employ a variety of
methodologies in literary analysis, while favoring a histori-
cal and exegetical approach. Students may choose to obtain
a major or a minor in English, or work toward qualifying
for the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in
English (additional requirements).
Careers for the English Major
The English major is not a career-specific major,
such as accounting. Instead, alert and competent
graduates with an English major have acquired a
habit of thought and a range of skills that open
opportunities for careers in a diversity of fields:
teaching, missions, journalism, publishing, insurance,
law, paralegal work, banking, personnel manage-
ment, public relations, and government service. With
additional specific training, graduates in English
can enter these and other occupations, careers, and
California Single Subject Teaching
Credential in English
Students desiring to obtain a California Single
Subject Teaching Credential in English complete
the English major under the direction of an English
faculty advisor. Currently (2010) the California State
Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires
students to pass four assessment examinations (CSET
series) as evidence of subject matter competence. Informa-
tion about these examinations and other state requirements
is available in the Department of English, the Department
of Teacher Education, and at:
Credit by Examination
Students may receive credit by examination as fol-
Advanced Placement (AP)
Credit for E110 English Composition (3 units)
for a score of 3 or higher on exam in
Language and
(or) exam in
Literature and Composition
Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3
units) for test score of 3 or higher on exam in
Literature and Composition
(but not
Language and
); counts as literature elective.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit for E110 English Composition (3 units)
for a score of 55 or above on
Examination in
College Composition
(includes two CLEP-scored
Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3
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