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Prof. Esther Chua, Chairperson

The Department of English at The Master’s University 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 receiving 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 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 viewpoints.

Develop their abilities to write clearly, attractively, and perceptively and learn to converse in the marketplace of


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 recognized 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 department’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 requirements).


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 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 advisor. Currently (since 2010) the California State Commission 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 requirements is available in the Department of English, the

Department of Education and Liberal Studies, and at


Students may receive credit by examination as follows:

Advanced Placement (AP)

Credit for E110 English Composition (3 units) for a score of 3 or higher on the

Language and Composition

exam or


Literature and Composition