Department of English

Department Mission

The English Department seeks, through literature, to vitalize lives with the wisdom, spirit, and voices of great men and women and to move both students and teachers toward wiser and more humane relationships with themselves and others, with life's tragedy and comedy, sordidness and grandeur.

Erica Starr: The English classes at BC have taught me not only about literature, but also history, philosophy, and other subjects, and how they tie together. My communication skills have also strengthened considerably.

Hannah Voss: My experience with the English department at Benedictine College has been one of excellent professors individually invested in the  needs of their students. I've been challenged to explore my own ideas as well as those presented to me in new ways and across multiple fields and specializations, from Old English linguistics to postcolonial semiotic analysis. My professors have encouraged me to pursue my academic interests and have given me opportunities and support to carry those interests to fruition. The English department is stellar among the departments at Benedictine and the environment for academic and personal development is like no other.​

Heather Hineline: My English classes at BC have challenged me to grow in writing and engaging with literature. From learning to become a better poet in my creative writing class through a rigorous course to reading amazing works of literature in many of my upper level classes, I've appreciated every class I've taken in the department.