As part of a Christian liberal arts institution in the Reformed tradition, Trinity’s English department takes seriously the cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28. It is our conviction, as stated in the College’s mission statement, that “those who teach and learn are called to be co-workers with Christ in subjecting all cultural activities to the reign of God.” In our discipline, the implications of this calling are concentrated on language—a facility that sets human beings apart from all other creatures, an attribute in which we bear God’s own creative image, a gift that we have corrupted through sin, yet still, by grace, a powerful means of redemption.
We view reading and writing as important social practices that interact with other social practices under the influence of religious beliefs; and we believe that our discipline is therefore of fundamental importance to all Trinity students, regardless of their majors. Within the major and minor, we work to prepare students for graduate work in English and for entry into fields such as publishing, law, and education. As a department we marvel with our students at the beauty of the English language—its sounds and structures, its unique historical development, its rhetorical force, its poetic riches—and in writing, both critical and creative, we seek to use this language in ways that will bring glory to the one who first shaped both it and us.
The secondary English education major is designed for teachers in grades 6 through 12. This program meets the major graduation requirements only for students completing the secondary education certification program.
General education requirements in oral communication for the English department are folded into English 340, 341, 343, 344, 372, 375, and 376, all of which have an oral presentation as part of the course. The capstone requirement is met through participation in the Senior Seminar.
The field education requirement is met through an internship, either directed teaching with the education department or one worked out by the student with assistance from the student’s advisor.
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