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The English Language & Literature major is designed to allow students to study a wide selection of literatures so that they will become discerning readers, effective writers, and critical and creative thinkers. The major will encourage them to integrate their Christian faith with all aspects of literary endeavor. Close analysis and interpretation of texts and fluency in writing will prepare students for success in advanced education or in numerous fields such as publishing, editing, writing, business, Christian ministry, and public relations, as well as many other professional careers.
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A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.
A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.
This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required. Students will receive a final grade of A, B, C, or F.
This course is designed to develop and expand an appreciation for music, art, and aesthetics. Introduces major movements and ideas in art, music, and architecture. Examines historical time periods and major figures including their philosophy, style, and view of aesthetics. Requires participation in cultural excursions.
A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the West from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the birth of civilization in the ancient Near East, the rise and fall of Greek and Roman empires, the rise of Christendom, the Middle Ages, and Byzantium.
A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the modernity in the West from the Enlightenment to the present, including the scientific revolution, European expansion and colonization, the rise of nation states, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, socialism, communism, nationalism, and liberalism, and the two world wars of the twentieth century.
A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.
A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.
This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.
This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.
An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.
A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.
An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.
This course examines the six branches of linguistics and traces the historical development of language families from a Proto-Indo-European parent language. Within the Historical exploration, there is a focused examination of the development of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern. In addition to changes in language over time, the course also studies such variations in language as registers and dialects. Particular areas of concern for the Language Arts teacher candidate, such as primary and secondary language acquisition, cognitive disability and language, physical disability and language, and neurological disability and language also come into examination.Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497
A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc.
This course will focus on the study of poetry as an art form, literary genre, and medium for personal expression. Students will develop skills necessary for reading, analyzing, and understanding poetry while examining the works of renowned poets. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A critical and historical study of selected English literature from the fifth century to the present. Representative authors from each period are selected so that students may gain an appreciation for outstanding authors and an understanding of the society in which each lived. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
An examination of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, specifically The Canterbury Tales, in the context of history, language, and culture of Chaucer’s 14th century England. This course will reference other authors of the period. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of the major writers, works, and movements from the discovery of the New World to the Civil War, with an emphasis on literature that reflects diverse cultures such as Native, African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-American. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of the major writers, works, and movements from the Civil War to the Postmodern period, with an emphasis on literature that reflects diverse cultures such as Native, African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-American. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of literary theory and contemporary interpretive practices, including formalist, biographical, psychoanalytic, historical, structuralist, poststructuralist, sociological, Marxist, feminist, reader response, and deconstructionist. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
Covers the life and selected works of one or more major writers such as Dickens, Hardy, Milton, Twain or Faulkner. Since the author(s) studied varies, this course may be taken more than once. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
This is a study of the Victorian novel as a reflection of the period in which it is situated. The politics, mores, and worldview of the Victorians serve as the backdrop to the consideration of such major Victorian voices as Dickens, Hardy, Bronte, and Eliot. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of Shakespeare’s tragedies, history plays, comedies, and romances, their distinctive features and cultural and historical context, with an emphasis on a critical analysis of the text and an appreciation of Shakespeare’s great artistry as a dramatist.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
An intensive study of a literary topic, this course provides English majors the opportunity to demonstrate advanced research and writing skills. The seminar project includes an oral presentation to other majors and to the faculty of the English department.
Students should choose a topic and faculty advisor a semester before enrolling in LIT 495.
This course explores the writing of C. S. Lewis, who insisted his works be judged by their literary merit and not only their theology. Themes of pain and suffering, the cultural relevance of Christianity, and biblical reflection in Lewis’s fiction and apologetics will be analyzed. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
The course grapples with the fundamental questions of human experiences from a religious or spiritual perspective. Some Biblical works will be included; however, the focus will be on how religious ideas and concerns have informed an enormous diversity of literary productions drawn on a variety of traditions (including non-Western and non-monotheistic ones.) Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
This course will offer students the opportunity to read widely among the various literatures of the Bible and its literary counterparts found in poetry, prose, and fiction. The course will attempt to explore and analyze the relationship between the sacred and the secular by using works from John Milton, C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, George Herbert, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and several others. Several traditional as well as modern models of literary criticism will be considered. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of the books of Job through Song of Solomon with special emphasis on Psalms. Methods of studying Hebrew poetry are learned along with the values of each book for theology, worship and everyday life.
Prerequisite: OLT 123.
A scholarly evaluation of science fiction and fantasy fiction written by classic and contemporary writers with the goal of illustrating how theology, feminism, multicultural and ethnic issues, and other serious topics can be woven into this genre which is sometimes dismissed as mere entertainment. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A survey of children’s literary classics. Students will learn to analyze and evaluate a wide range of children’s literature. In addition, the role of literature in children’s growth and development will be explored. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
The course explores quality adolescent and young adult literature, censorship of adolescent and young adult literature, various approaches to reading adolescent and young adult literature, including reader response criticism, close reading strategies, and contemporary critical theories; the imagined reader(s) of young adult texts, and, by extension, the recent history of the cultural construction of the “teenager”; the application of cultural theories to analyses of adolescent and young adult literature as not only literary texts but also parallel cultural artifacts and mass-produced products; issues of multiculturalism, globalism, and diverse audiences and subject matter; and the relation of adolescent literature to “classic” adult literature. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A scholarly evaluation of multicultural detective fiction written by classic and contemporary writers with the goal of illustrating how theology, feminism, multicultural and ethnic issues, and other serious topics can be woven into this genre which is sometimes dismissed as mere entertainment. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A reading of women writers placed in their historical and literary contexts to explore issues such as the phases of a female literary tradition; the impact of sex and/or gender on literary themes and writing styles; and canon formation. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of American life and thought as expressed in African-American literature. Representative authors are studied from the colonial period to the present. The values and variety of life in America are examined through analysis of this culture’s literature. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A critical and historical study of masterpieces of world literature from the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A critical and historical study of masterpieces of world literature from the Enlightenment through the Postmodern period. The course includes Western and non-Western literature and deals with a variety of literary forms including poetry, drama, short stories, novellas, and non-fiction. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
A study of modern and postmodern novels on both sides of the Atlantic, emphasizing the distinctive way in which writers use style, structure, and technical experiment to express their views of the world. The significance of innovative literature techniques such as point of view, impressionism, stream of consciousness, and authorial impersonality will also be explored. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.
Emphasis on methods needed for effective communication in the business environment. Includes interpersonal communication, oral and written reports, business letters and memos, proposal writing, and case study presentations.Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.
Structured as a writing workshop, this course encourages students to develop a personal writing style and voice through experimentation with writing short stories, drama, and poetry. Skill in revising and marketing are taught. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497
This course will introduce students to various types of mass media writing, print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising and online media. It will develop skills in information gathering, interviewing, organizing, writing and revising media writing and in judging the quality of current media writing. Students will learn how to create a weblog or online “blog” and become an expert in a niche field. The class will teach students to look at a news story and determine the best media to represent it. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497
Valley Forge Christian College is a private Christian College located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. VFCC offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, 67 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The college's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.