Department of English
To be an English major is to study everything—life, love, happiness, tragedy, comedy.
It takes the literary past and makes sense of it in the present by celebrating the beauty of words and the drama of the human spirit.
The Department of English at Georgian Court University exists to ensure a rich curriculum of learning that gives graduates real-world skills to serve them throughout their lives.
GCU’s versatile English major will ready you for any number of careers. Whether preparing for jobs in advertising, business, education, journalism, library science, public relations, or technology, studying English will hone your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. You will explore the Mercy core values as you intensify your understanding and appreciation of literature and writing.
All English majors complete courses in historical areas ranging from Anglo Saxon to Postmodernism. Courses range widely from American and British English to Multi-Ethnic Literature. Majors also have choices of other courses in writing and literature to complete their requirements. All students keep portfolios encompassing their coursework and enroll in two Senior Seminars in their final year of study.
Sigma Mu is the GCU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Members are exceptional students of English language and literature. Induction ceremonies occur each spring in the Mansion.
- English majors who have completed at least six courses
- 3.5 GPA
- Three final course grades beyond B+
GCU’s arts and literary magazine, Fountain Spray, invites contributions from all students, faculty, and staff. Original poetry, short stories, memoirs, drama, paintings, drawings, graphic designs, and photography are all welcome. Contributors may submit up to five selections for publication. Literary submissions are limited to 1,000 words each.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Russell McDonald
The Lion’s Tale
GCU’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Tale, is published monthly. Students hone their journalism skills as they report, edit, and design copy.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Hausmann
Faculty regularly lead students on short-term study abroad programs. Students learn more about literary history on site.
For more information on Study Abroad, visit Global Education.
In March 2017, nine GCU students and two faculty traveled to Ireland to walk sections of the Wicklow Way. This digital narrative project is part of our course requirement. Here are our stories.
A recent trip consisted of a study of literary France
The mission of the GCU Writing Program is to build a community of writers who value the benefits of writing for thinking, learning, communicating, and publishing in academic courses, in careers, for life.
Through first-year writing courses, a Writing Intensive program, and the Writing Center, the GCU Writing Program:
- provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore topics, research, draft, and produce writing assignments that meet learning goals and outcomes for developmental and first-year writing courses and that help prepare them for writing in other academic courses and for their careers;
- provides faculty with strategies and resources for integrating writing for thinking, learning, communicating, and publishing into their General Education, major, and elective and graduate courses; and
- provides all members of the GCU community with support as they create and produce written and spoken work for courses and careers.
The Writing Center
Conveniently located on the first floor of the library, the Writing Center is a free service open to any member of the GCU community. The Center is open Monday through Friday when GCU classes are in session. Appointments are scheduled by visiting The Writing Center, and walk-ins are also welcome. Please bring a copy of your assignment and any associated drafts.
Director: Dr. Anthony Brano