English

Majoring in English at Bryn Athyn College is about exploring the beauty and power of thought and language through written texts. As an English major, you will read, analyze, and write about a wide variety of literature—from the ancient to the contemporary, from various cultures and nations, and in a multiplicity of genres and forms.  As students and families become increasingly concerned with finding the best opportunities in the job market, it is valuable to consider the language and critical thinking skills that the English major provides and how these and other related skills benefit English graduates in the workplace.

Program Strengths

Our English courses range from Classical, mythological, medieval, Renaissance, Shakespearean, and contemporary literature courses to courses devoted to the craft and analysis of creative writing, poetry, and film. More specialized courses focus on Victorian literature, the poetry of devotion, the modern novel, children’s literature, the writing of Henry James, and so much more.

Our program emphasizes the importance of writing, clarity of thought and expression, and sharp analysis and synthesis of ideas. Our faculty specialize in writing, literature, and rhetoric.

English Majors can select between two tracks:

  • Language and literature
  • Writing

Hands-On Learning

At Bryn Athyn, hands-on learning is built into the English major. You can choose to undertake an off-campus internship working for a publishing house, dedicate your free evenings to help staff the Writing Center, write scripts for tours at Glencairn Museum, work at the Swedenborg Library, or become a writer or editor for BAC’s Pythia journal.

Some of our experiential education opportunities are well-established and clearly structured, while others are tailored more specifically to meet individual interests. And if there’s not an existing internship to suit your needs, you can design your own!

On-Campus Internships

  • The Development Office for Bryn Athyn College offers internships in print and web-based publishing, media management, and marketing.
  • The General Church Office of Outreach provides students with opportunities to explore the various avenues of printed media.
  • Education Interns at Glencairn Museum learn and conduct museum tours, create and script tours, and assist with press releases and museum publications.
  • Pythia, BAC’s online journal of arts, literature, and spirituality, provides opportunities for students interested in creative writing, editing, copy editing, design, marketing, and more.

Off-Campus Internships

For internship credit, English students have participating in many exciting projects, including:

  • Teaching English at an elementary school in Michigan
  • Teaching English as a second language to students and community members in Ghana
  • Working for a magazine in New York City
  • Serving as the editor of Pythia

Forms

Course Examples

Our Faculty

Robin Cooper
Assistant Professor of English / Department Chair of Language and Literature

Robin Cooper

Robin is the Department Chair of Language and Literature, as well as Chair of the...
Thane Glenn
Chaplain / Associate Professor of English and Religion

Thane Glenn

Rev. Dr. Glenn specializes in rhetoric and composition, late medieval and early modern...
Chandra Hoffman
Instructor in Writing

Chandra Hoffman

Chandra Hoffman is a novelist and professor of English/Literarture at Bryn Athyn...
Kristin King
Professor of English

Kristin King

Dr. King teaches literature and writing. She has published in the areas of Henry...
Abbey Nash
Head of Academic Advising / Adjunct Instructor

Abbey Nash

Education B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Theater), Bryn Athyn College...
Marcy Latta
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Writing

Marcy Latta

Education PhD, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania MA, Philosophy, Tufts University...
Angela Rose
Head of Education Program / Instructor in Education and Math

Angela Rose

Angela Rose was a classroom teacher for 17 years. She has taught kindergarten through...
Ray Silverman
Associate Professor of Religion and English

Ray Silverman

Ray Silverman serves as Associate Professor of Religion and English. He has edited,...