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Prof. Esther Chua, Chairperson


The Department of English at The Master’s College

regards the study of language and literature as central

to a Christian liberal arts education. It merits this

centrality, in part, because of the very nature of the

Christian faith: God chose to reveal His dealings with

humans in a historical 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 truth (e.g., truthfulness to the human

experience), occupies a place in human culture receiv-

ing God’s blessing, and often fulfills the qualifications

of Philippians 4:8. We affirm that the noblest reasons

for acquiring literacy are to read the Scriptures with

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


• 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


• Grow as persons as they participate in the

vicarious experience of literature and see life

from a variety of viewpoints.

• 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 practice

of the faculty is to emphasize works of recog-

nized and enduring merit in the canon of English,

American, and world literature. At the same time,

they remain receptive to the inclusion of new or

neglected works that are compatible with the depart-

ment’s philosophy. Several courses examine critical

theory, and faculty members employ a variety of

methodologies in literary analysis, while favoring

a historical 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



The English major is not a career-specific major, such

as accounting. Instead, alert and competent gradu-

ates 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 management, public relations,

and government service. With additional specific

training, graduates in English can enter these and

other occupations, careers, and vocations.



Students desiring to obtain a California Single Subject

Teaching Credential in English complete the English

major under the direction of an English faculty advi-

sor. Currently (2010) the California State Commis-

sion on Teacher Credentialing requires students to

pass four assessment examinations (CSET series) as

evidence of subject matter competence. Information

about these examinations and other state require-

ments is available in the Department of English, the

Department of Teacher Education, and at:


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 Composition

or exam in


and Composition


Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3

units) for test score of 3 or higher on exam


Literature and Composition

(but not


and Composition

); counts as literature elective.