English may be among the most versatile of majors at Dordt College. It will help you write, think, and communicate. A recent article in the New York Times, titled "Making College Relevant," summarized an Association of American Colleges and Universities survey of employers: 89 percent said they want schools to put more emphasis on effective oral and written communication, 81 percent want to see better critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, and 70 percent were looking for employees who learned how to be innovative and creative. Those are skills you’ll learn as an English major.

At Dordt, you’ll learn from dedicated professors, passionate about what they teach and write. They'll help you study language and literature in a way that prepares you to become a discerning and wise employee or leader, able to influence culture because you understand what is important in people’s lives and how you can best communicate with those around you.

Here are highlights from the recent work of English faculty:

Professor Bob De Smith: Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a summer seminar with Tudor Books and Readers. Spent five weeks studying in Antwerp, London, and Oxford (summer 2012). Presented an academic paper: “Elizabeth’s Coronation Presentation: In which we Imagine Young Spenser Imagining” at the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (April 2014).

Professor Mary Dengler: Selected to participate in the Summer Seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., where she presented on “Homer’s The Iliad” (summer 2013). Will present “Frances Burney’s Evelina: a Critique of the Ancient Regime and Plea for its Moral Reform” at the Southwest Christianity and Literature Conference (November 2014).

Professor Bill Elgersma: Awarded an institutional grant for a research trip to South Korea (summer 2013). Received Dordt College’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2014).

Professor Howard Schaap: Graduated from the Seattle Pacific University M.F.A. program, specializing in creative nonfiction (summer 2014). Became a blogger for Relief Journal (summer 2014).

Professor Josh Matthews: Awarded 2013-14 Teaching/Learning Innovation Grant from Dordt College, which provides funds for Dordt library’s purchase of the American Antiquarian Society’s American periodicals digital database. Presented an academic paper on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Agnes of Sorrento at the Transatlantic Women Writers conference in Florence, Italy (June 2013).

Professor Luke Hawley: Published his short story collection, The Northwoods Hymnal, with River Otter Press (March 2013). Presented a seminar on writing genres for Augsburg College’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program (summer 2014). Finalist for the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project (summer 2013).