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Department of English

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, 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


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



Led by Dr. Grant Horner and Prof. Esther Chua, TMU in Italy is a new study abroad program based in incomparably

beautiful Italy. Students, upon acceptance to the program, will spend six weeks in July through mid-August to earn 12

undergraduate credits in a variety of courses while deeply immersed in Italian culture. The entire program will be based

on exploring the question “quid est homo?” (“what is Man?”) asked by the Italian Renaissance Christian Humanist

scholars, and the related biblical question “what is man that Thou art mindful of him?” (Psalm 8). The typical student

will take two survey-level courses as well as two upper division Oxford-style tutorials. This program is open to all majors.

For additional information, visit the website:


ITA102 Introduction to Italian Culture.


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.