Department of English


JOOLY M. PHILIP, Chair, Department of English; Associate Professor of English, 2004—

BA, Hofstra University, 1992; MA, Hofstra University, 1994; PhD, Texas Tech University, 1999.

JOSHUA BOYD, Assistant Professor of English, 2015—

BS, Faith Baptist Bible College, 2004; MA, University of St. Thomas, 2010.

GRAHAM HILLARD, Associate Professor of English, 2007—

BA, Union University, 2002; MFA, New York University, 2005.

MICHAEL A. KAROUNOS, Associate Professor of English, 2004—

BA, Miami University, 1977; MA, Roosevelt University, 1994; PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2005.

Department of English General Information

The Department of English offers a variety of course work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English or English Education, as well as an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing, a minor in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Through a series of three General Education courses in English, all Trevecca students receive instruction in writing and literature studies during their first two years. Tutoring and enrichment programs in basic writing and grammar are available through the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service. Introductory language courses in French, German, Spanish, and Russian provide students an opportunity to explore communication processes in other cultures.

Advanced programs of study in English may be effectively combined with a complimentary second major or minor in such areas as Secondary Education, Business Administration, Music, Psychology, or Religion for students interested in various career options.

As a capstone to the major, all English majors work with a faculty advisor to prepare either a scholarly paper or collection of creative writing which is presented in a public presentation. The creative writing option is available only to those majors who are creative writing minors or have received permission from the English faculty. Those who choose the creative writing option must submit a scholarly paper along with the creative writing collection.

Mission Statement

The English major seeks to prepare graduates who possess strong reading, writing, and thinking skills, along with a creative understanding of human relationships that will enable them to succeed in professional and personal lives of service to the community.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with an English major will be able to:

  1. Read written texts from various genres and periods with comprehension.
  2. Write clear scholarly papers which analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  3. Interpret and evaluate literary works from various critical approaches.
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to gain admission into an English graduate program.
  5. Communicate effectively both in oral and written form.