English Department - Alliance University

The Nyack College English major equips men and women to develop an appreciation for and facility with language, literature, creative expression and critical inquiry.  In pursuit of our mission, English majors study a diverse body of literature from around the world, past and present, develop competence in secondary research, and learn to communicate more effectively in the written word.  Our graduates serve around the world as writers, teachers, missionaries, librarians, insurance underwriters, home educators, researchers, and community development workers.  See what our English graduates are saying on our Graduates page.

During the fall 2017 semester, the English Department will host The Fine Printreading, which will feature original works by students and staff, the 8th Annual Fall Faculty Reading, and students will have the opportunity to participate at the Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies hosted by Moravian College (PA).  Dr. Pinkham and the drama troupe will return to the Hilltop Stage in spring 2018, and Fine Print staff will sponsor the Spring Gala.  For more information and updates, please see Upcoming Events.

To learn more about our English Department faculty and their recent scholarship and community engagement, please view Faculty.  You can also locate news from our Writing Center at the appropriate link.

The Nyack College English Department Faculty is committed to the growth and success of each student.    If you have sensed God’s call to pursue an English major or are still in the process of discerning His will for your life, we welcome you to visit us on campus during a Visit Weekend or at another convenient time to talk with our faculty and to explore our major.  To arrange a visit, please contact a member of Nyack’s Office of Admissions for an application and more information.

Nyack College’s broad and varied program in English has been lauded as excellent preparation for graduate study in literature. It has also been viewed traditionally as a solid foundation for graduate school. Study in the English major effectively prepares students for participation in public life – whether the arts, education, law, politics, public service, ministry, or business. You will be challenged by professors who are committed to working with you in and out of the classroom and through regular advisement, fieldtrips, and special events.  Normally, upper level English classes have 8-12 students, which allows for lively discussions and regular interactions with the professor and classmates.

Those students who intend to major in English and Adolescent Education will be pleased to know that we are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

English majors may choose to gain valuable practical experience working on the school newsmagazine, The Forum; serving as a peer leader in our Writing Studio program, and editing and writing for the school literary journal, The Fine Print,   Many majors also work for our Writing Center to hone their skills and gain additionally training.  Students may choose to participate on or offstage in college dramatic productions.  In addition to the numerous on campus opportunities, eligible students may also study at Oxford, with the Oxford Honors Program, work in film at the LA Film Institute, intern in journalism at the Washington D.C. program, or participate in other off campus study opportunities in cooperation with the CCCU and Nyack College.  Students may choose to arrange for an internship in publishing, a not-for-profit organization, or other English-related internship as well.

This major is offered at the Rockland Campus and the Manhattan Campus.

Major Field Component

ENG201             Global Literature I         or            ENG202 Global Literature II

ENG312             Literary Criticism

ENG463             Shakespeare                or             ENG 465 Milton

ENG 401            Themes of Faith in Literature

ENG470             Topics in Literature

Electives from upper level English (21 credits)

Concentrations (15 credits)
British Literature

ENG255 Legends of King Arthur            ENG 326 Victorian Literature

ENG259 Oxford Christian WritersENG 334 Modern Poetry

ENG321 Medieval Literature                 ENG 336 19th Century Novel

ENG322 Renaissance Literature            ENG 337 Modern Novel

ENG324 18th Century English Lit.          ENG 465 Milton or ENG 463 Shakespeare

ENG325 Romantic Literature

American Literature

ENG231 Modern Drama                      ENG331 African-American Literature

ENG328 American Romanticism           ENG334 Modern Poetry

ENG329 American Realism                  ENG338 Contemporary American Novel


EDT341 General Meth. in TESOL            ENG353 Eng. Gram. & Phonology

EDT342 Meth./TESOL: Lang. Arts           ENG354 Second Lang. Acquisition

ENG352 Hist. of the Eng. Lang.


ENG235 Introduction to Journalism       ENG352 Hist. Of English Language

ENG311 Creative Writing                     ENG364 Writing Theory

ENG339 Newswriting                           ENG441 Adv. Expository Writing

ENG332 Magazine Writing                    ENG443 Adv. Poetry Workshop

ENG340 Bio, Autobio, Memoir              ENG445 Fiction Writing

All Nyack English majors receive a broad introduction to literature of the world. Students may select to focus their studies by following one of five concentrations. Through on-campus and off-campus semesters of study, field trips, and internships can supplement traditional classroom study in the following areas of concentrations:

  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • Writing
  • Journalism

For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

ENG 101-College Writing I (3)

In this course, devoted to helping students produce, revise, and edit effective prose students learn to separate the creating from the criticizing process to achieve the final goal: effective essays. Students learn a variety of strategies for creating thesis statements, openings, closings, transitions, supporting middle paragraphs, sentence structures, and appeals to audience. Students also learn the rudiments of conducting research using print and electronic sources and of integrating others’ findings into their essays, with appropriate documentation and flow of ideas.

This course is also offered in an ESL format (for those students whose first language is not English. Prerequisite: CELT 200/TOEFL 500.

ENG 102-College Writing II (3)

An extension of College Writing I, this course gives increased emphasis on drafting, revising, and editing essays which extend, explain, and evaluate human experience and thought. Students discuss and analyze evocative written texts, including literary works, and write an extended research paper. Students will write literary analyses and position papers. The extended research project will be completed in stages, which will emphasize research skills, bibliographies, assessment of resources, rough drafts, and a final formal paper. Students will be expected to

complete in-depth research using a full range of print and electronic sources. A grade of “C” or better (not “C-”) is necessary to fulfill the College Writing Core Curriculum requirement. Prerequisite: ENG 101.Corequisite or Prerequisite: INT 101. This course is also offered in an ESL format for those students whose first language is not English. Prerequisite: CELT 200/TOEFL 500.

ENG 182-Practicum: Yearbook Production (1-2)

An intensive study of the techniques and procedures of yearbook production, including a study of relevant desktop publishing computer programs. Involves the student as a active member of the Nyack College yearbook staff. Instructor’s permission required.

ENG 214-Speech Writing (3)

In Public Speaking (COM 108), emphasis is placed upon the theory, composition, delivery, and critical examination of public speeches. This course will emphasize particularly the skill of composition, concentrating on message preparation for a variety of audience types. There will be an exercise in ghostwriting in which the student will grapple with the ethics and practical complications of writing in the voice of another. Prerequisite: COM 108.

ENG 235-Introduction to Journalism (3)

Introduction to journalistic writing for print media; exploring, gathering, writing, and evaluating news events; newspaper and journal structure; production processes; basic legal issues of free speech and libel. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

ENG 311-Creative Writing (3)

This writing course utilizes small-group and full class workshops in short fiction and poetry. (ENG 311 does not satisfy Core Curriculum Literature requirement).

ENG 315-Scriptwriting (3)

In this class, students will participate in drafting and revising scripts for live theatrical performance.

ENG 330-Media Writing (3)

This course is designed to cover the principles, forms, and latest techniques of writing professionally for the media. Discussions and

analysis of actual print and broadcast writing are included along with journalistic writing assignments. Prerequisite: COM 212.

ENG 332-Magazine Writing (3)

How to write for national religious and secular magazines. Choice of articles: Bible exposition, personal discovery, academic-technical, humor, essays, satire, parables, reportorial features. Principles of editing are included. Prerequisite: ENG 235

ENG 339-Newswriting (3)

An overview of the various areas of broadcast and journalistic news writing including news, documentaries, music, drama, and advertising with assignments in each genre. Discussion and analysis of actual broadcasts are included along with journalistic writing assignments. Prerequisite: ENG 235

ENG 340-Writing Biography, Autobiography, Memoir (3)

In this advanced writing course, students will explore the theory and practice of the biographer, the autobiographer, and memoir writer.  Writers will work on personal work as well as research to write others’ stories.

ENG 341-Writing Spiritual Autobiography (3)

This course involves an active reading of past and present spiritual autobiographies, as well as a challenging and interactive writing workshop, where students can hone their skills in communicating memoirs. Strong student material will be submitted to be considered for publication in Alliance Life. This course is only offered at the New York City Campus.

ENG 364-Writing Theory (3)

Students will examine contemporary theories of the writing process, with special emphasis on the writing-reading connection. Students will apply the theories discussed. ENG 364 is recommended for B.A. majors in English with concentration in Adolescence Education.

ENG 441-Advanced Expository Writing (3)

In this advanced workshop-styled course in rhetoric and essay writing, students will explore the relationships between audience, purpose, voice, and style of mature scholarly and popular discourse. Writing projects will be designed for possible publication.

ENG 443-Advanced Poetry Workshop (3)

Through written exercises and workshop discussions, students will learn the techniques of open and closed verse. Students are encouraged to submit poetry to contests and for publication. Prerequisite: ENG 311.

ENG 445-Fiction Writing (3)

In this course, students will learn the methods of writing the short story, combined with study of contemporary fiction.

Literature Courses

ENG 201 Global Literature I (3)

Global Literature I surveys literature from a variety of cultures and belief systems, from the beginning of literature as we know it until the mid 17th Century. The course enables students to sense how and why literature emerges from and speaks to our humanity, even as it focuses on the differences and similarities between literary traditions, social philosophies, and worldviews of the East and the West. Students’ appreciation for literature will be sharpened and broadened by reading critically recognized works in a variety of genres (epic, drama, poetry, and prose), as well as through class discussion, class activities, written assignments, and examinations.

Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 202 Global Literature II (3)

Global Literature II surveys literature from a variety of cultures and belief systems, from the mid 17th Century to the late 20th Century. The course enables students to sense how and why literature emerges from and speaks to our humanity, even as it focuses on the differences and similarities between literary traditions, social philosophies, and worldviews of the East and the West. Students’ appreciation for literature will be sharpened and broadened by reading critically recognized works in a variety of genres (biography, drama, poetry, and prose), as well as through class discussion, class activities, written assignments, and examinations. Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 230-World Drama (3)

This course presents a chronological study of drama from the emergence of early society to the modern era.

ENG 231-Modern Drama (3)

Students will study selected world dramas from Ibsen to the present.

ENG 238-Short Story (3)

This class explores the short fiction of various cultural traditions, periods, themes, or individuals.

ENG 239-Adolescent Literature (3)

A survey of various genre in literature for young adults, including intensive reading in the best of this literature and application of both critical and pedagogical strategies to the reading.

ENG 255-Legends of King Arthur (3)

This course presents a comparative study of the legends of King Arthur and the tales associated with the Camelot legend from early Welsh (or Celtic) times to the present. Special attention is given to historical development of the legends.

ENG 259-Oxford Christian Writers (3)

Students will study selected narratives of George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, with a dual emphasis on literary craftsmanship and theological insight.

ENG 310-The Bible as Literature (3)

No writing has been more influential in Western literature than the Bible. This course will focus on the distinctive poetic and literary qualities of the King James Version of the Bible through discussions of theme, image, metaphor, simile, symbol, paradox, irony, dialogue, and narrative form. The books of the Bible to be covered include Genesis, Exodus, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Revelation, as well as the Gospels.

ENG 312-Literary Criticism (3)

This course comprehensively surveys theory and methodology in literary criticism with particular emphasis on major critics such as Plato, Aristotle, Sidney, Johnson, Arnold, Freud, Woolf, and Derrida.

ENG 317-Playwriting I (3)

In this class, students will be revising scripts for live theatrical performances, resulting in the completion of a one-act play.

ENG 318-Playwriting II (3)

An extension of Playwriting I, this course gives increased emphasis on drafting and revising scripts for the stage. Students will complete a full-length play and submit to the appropriate theatrical house, school or church. Prerequisite: DRA/ENG 317.

ENG 321-Medieval Literature (3)

Students will study selected texts and the historical development of the Old and Middle English periods, giving special attention to Anglo-Saxon epic, Anglo-Norman romance, Chaucer, and Malory.

ENG 322-Renaissance Literature (3)

This class studies the English Renaissance writers (1500-1660) with special attention to Elizabethan drama, sonnet tradition, lyric verse, and religious poetry of the Metaphysicals.

ENG 323-Women’s Literature in English, through the Ages (3)

This course examines the rich and varied tradition of writing by women. It will trace the development of women’s literature in the English language from the Middle Ages to the present. This course explores the traditional genres (stories, poems, plays, novels) as well as the

non-canonical genres (journals, memoirs, letters, speeches) in which women have expressed themselves over the centuries. Readings will emphasize the spiritual, historical, cultural, and social roots from which women’s writing emerged, so that students may appreciate women’s literature and the diversity not only of the women, but also the themes of women’s literary heritage.

ENG 324-Eighteenth Century English Literature (3)

Students will survey the major writers of the Restoration and Neo-Classical periods, with emphasis on the prose and poetry of Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson.

ENG 325-Romantic Literature (3)

This course explores the prose and poetry of the revolutionary movement with particular attention to the works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

ENG 326-Victorian Literature (3)

Students will examine selected prose and poetry with emphasis upon Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Newman, and Ruskin.

ENG 328-American Romanticism (3)

Students will study the development of the Romantic mind and imagination in America, by reading selected works of Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Douglass, and Dickinson.

ENG 329-American Realism (3)

The reaction to sentimental Romanticism in fiction, prose, and poetry, and the rise of literary realism and naturalism is the focus of this course. Students will read selected works of William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, Samuel Clemens, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Henry Adams, and Edwin Arlington Robinson.

ENG 331-African-American Literature (3)

This course presents a study of the Black American experience as expressed in poetry, drama, fiction, and autobiography. Authors include Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Alice Walker.

ENG 334-Modern Poetry (3)

Students will participate in reading and discussing the writings of selected twentieth-century British and American poets.

ENG 336-The Nineteenth-Century Novel (3)

Students will study representative British novels of the Romantic and Victorian periods, including works by such authors as Scott, the Brontes, Thackeray, Dickens, Hardy, and Elliot.

ENG 337-The Modern Novel (3)

This course explores selected novels from British and American traditions of the twentieth century. Included are the works of authors such as Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Dreiser, Faulkner, Woolf, and Hemingway.

ENG 338-Contemporary American Novel (3)

Students will read selected novels from such 20th-century American authors as Bellow, Wright, O’Connor, Morrison, Updike, Ellison, Vonnegut, Nabokov, Kerouac, Mailer, Salinger, and Walker.

ENG 342-Special Topics in English Studies (3)

Students will examine issues, national literature, literary figures or practice writing in genres not covered elsewhere in the curriculum (eg. Russian writers, satire, novel writing). Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours as long as the content for each semester differs.

ENG 351-Literary London (2 or 3)

This course involves a May study-tour in London, England with lectures, discussion, and travel focused on selected texts, figures, and background in the English literary tradition.

ENG 352-History of the English Language (3)

A study of the development of English grammar, syntax, and morphology from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present with an emphasis on the influences world languages have had on American English. World Englishes and American regional dialects are also included.

ENG 353-English Grammar and Phonology (3)

This class studies the basic components of linguistics and their application, including phonological and morphological analysis of contemporary American speech. Attention is given to the morphological and syntactic structure of standard English. Techniques for comparing and analyzing the structures of different languages and dialects will be considered. ENG 353 is recommended for B.A. majors in English with concentration in Adolescence Education.

ENG 354-Second Language Acquisition (3)

This course focuses on psycholinguistics of language learning and a survey of current theory and research in second language acquisition with particular reference to the acquisition of English. Students will study the basic principles of language learning theories as advanced by the proponents of the behavioral and cognitive models. First and second language acquisition are examined, including the role of attitude, motivation, perception, memory, and intelligence.

ENG 401-Themes of Faith in Literature (3)

In this capstone course, students will grapple with understanding the worldviews explored in a selection of literary works from around the world with emphasis on interpreting literature from a Christian worldview. Students will examine literary forms, critical approaches, and truth claims to more fully appreciate and understand these works, participate in meaningful conversation with others, and develop and articulate their own worldview. The course will include works in various genres by authors such as Dante, Donne, T.S. Eliot, Dostoyevski, O’Connor, C.S. Lewis, Endo, and Levertov.

ENG 463-Shakespeare (3)

This class involves an intensive analysis of selected comedies, histories, and tragedies from the dramatic canon of William Shakespeare.

ENG 465-Milton (3)

This course concentrates on the major poetry and prose of John Milton, with emphasis upon Paradise LostParadise RegainedSamson Agonistes, and selected polemic writings.

ENG 470-Senior Seminar (3)

This is the senior majors workshop in literary bibliography and research. Past topics have included the American Epic and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

ENG 480-Independent Study (1-3)

A student may choose an independent study in an approved topic in English. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.

ENG 490-Internship (1-3)

Students participate in supervised work experience on staff of area publications or other English related fields. Recent internships include work with World Relief Commission (research and advocacy), Rockland Pregnancy Counseling Center (community relations), and assisting teaching in Freshman writing and literature courses. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.