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The English Department faculty offers you an opportunity to explore the richness and creativity of the English language. Landmark College offers courses in the fields of composition, creative writing, and literature that make up the English curriculum. We deliver a diverse spectrum of skills development opportunities and a discipline-rich course of study, while engaging your hearts and minds with challenging and thought-provoking reading.

Our philosophy of writing is that it is a respectful art: collaborative, supportive, and compelling. Through our philosophy, we strive to create a community of writers that acknowledges that writing is hard work, requires ongoing revision, and honors the voice of every writer. We also recognize that beginning writers are working to develop an expressive, honest voice; college writers are attempting to combine expressive voice with critical thinking that connects the individual to larger ideas; and advanced writers are crafting larger ideas and reaching toward mastery of form and flexibility of voice.

Our philosophy of reading is that it is essential for understanding the patterns and sounds of written tone, voice, and audience. Through the process of reading and understanding reading, students build both knowledge and language skills. Understanding creative works engages students in the aesthetic value of language and ideas while introducing them to voices they might not otherwise hear. Ultimately, reading, whether it is literature endorsed by the academy or creative nonfiction, helps students participate in the community of writers.

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Headshot of John KippJohn Kipp
Chair, English Department

Frequently Asked Questions about the English Department

  • Credit-level classes begin with EN1011 Composition and Rhetoric. This course and EN1021 Research and Analysis are required for all of Landmark College's degree programs. The department also offers EN1061 Introduction to Creative Writing, which is a prerequisite for our advanced creative writing courses in poetry and fiction.

  • We believe that a strong foundation in composition, and an understanding of how one's learning profile impacts all aspects of the writing process, prepares students for success in upper-level college courses; this course  also emphasizes practice with critical reading skills, while offering strategies for success that may not be emphasized at other schools. 

  • There is a gradual increase in the volume of reading. While in partial-credit classes you can expect about 10-20 pages of reading a week, in upper-level literature courses you can expect at least 50 pages a week.

  • EN1021 Research and Analysis is the second-semester credit-level English class. Information literacy skills and the production of a research paper are large components of the course's curriculum. The course is designed to take students through the research paper process step-by-step. Faculty, librarians, and support centers are all available for helping students through this process. 

  • This concentration is a sequence of creative writing and literature courses designed for students interested in focusing on creative writing. Commitment to the concentration includes fifteen credits of coursework in specified courses, and the student must earn a "C" or better in these classes to stay in the concentration. This option has been developed in response to a growing interest among students in our creative writing courses. 

  • Landmark College English classes teach and encourage a multi-stepped, individualized writing process. Strategies for generating, organizing, revising, and editing are all taught explicitly. We offer a range of strategies to help students with written-production issues.   

  • The Drake Center for Academic Support provides one-on-one writing support. Faculty are also available during weekly office hours.  

  • Yes, the English Department has two annual awards for students: 

    Excellence in English award:  This student seeks out English classes; participates fully in reading discussions, interpretations, and arguments; and writes with panache, fluency, and a clearly articulated voice.

    Achievement in English award: This student comes to class prepared, works on and improves his or her writing and reading through peer or instructor input and frequent revision, turns in work in a timely manner, and demonstrates a growing understanding of his or her process and responsibilities as a student of English.

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