“I write to imagine things differently and in imagining things differently the world will change. . . . I write because it is dangerous, a bloody risk, like love, to form the words, to say the words, to touch the source, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are, how transient. I write as though I am whispering in the ear of the one I love.” -Terry Tempest Williams, “Why I Write”
Why Choose the English Department at Eastern?
The English Department at Eastern University is dedicated to the ideas, creativity, and writing of students because both practical skills and intellectual insights lead to personal and social transformation. We are inspired by our transformation in Christ: "we will be changed, in a flash, in the "Studying English at Eastern is a little like joining a rather eccentric, deeply creative extended family. Imagine your teachers as aunts and uncles, and imagine your fellow students as brothers, sisters and a strange cousin or two from Boise.”
Josh MacIvor-Andersen, BA in English: Concentration in Journalism; Spanish minor twinkling of an eye", and seek to envision and enact justice in our world. To this end, we discuss conventional and oftentimes controversial issues surrounding gender, race, religion, class, and culture in our literature, journalism, and writing classes. Thus, the development of critical thinking and an inquisitive character as well as poetic compassion to feel the mystery of language are equally emphasized in our program.
There are three concentrations within the English Major: Literature, Writing, and Journalism. Courses in English cultivate the ability not only to write at the level of grammar, but also to become informed readers of a diversity of texts, authors, and newsworthy events. Some courses focus on the literary text in its cultural and historical context, some courses focus on a specific genre of literature, while others combine blogs, fiction, essay, autobiography, poetry, drama, and film. The ability to evaluate information, research ideas, and clearly express your own views and even the contrary views of others is highly valued. In all of our classes, a sense of community is formed and service to the world is emphasized.