At Trinity, we see language as a gift of God to humankind. Trinity equips Christian men and women to live responsibly in the world today. The English program prepares students to be critical readers and careful writers responsive to the culture around them. Small classes and smaller tutorials taught by dedicated and highly qualified professors, combined with the unique education and employment opportunities of metropolitan Chicago, create a distinct advantage for Trinity Christian College English majors.
In your junior and senior years, your studies will take on the characteristics of an apprenticeship program, with small-group tutorials, opportunity to do collaborative research with faculty, opportunity for off-campus presentation of your work, and opportunity for travel or local internship.
A degree in English can prepare you for an exciting future. You will think clearly, analyze carefully, organize material, and present results in clear and precise language. This discipline prepares you both for meaningful work and for effective citizenship as an agent of change. Trinity’s location in the Chicago area provides you with opportunities to take advantage of theaters, libraries, museums, schools, colleges, and universities. Trinity students’ papers are often shared at regional undergraduate literary conferences.
English graduates at Trinity train to become more responsive Christian citizens and better prepared future employees. Your studies help you become a faithful participant in the cultural conversation that goes on all around us. Entering that conversation requires you to interpret, speak, write, and collaborate well. Those are the same attributes required in your future professions.
About 38% of our English graduates are in education. About 20% have become administrators in profit and non-profit organizations. Others have entered careers in churches, law, advertising, publishing, or journalism. Some have pursued graduate studies at respected institutions. One is a national award-winning poet in Canada. Another has published twelve novels. Whatever you do, your faculty will get to know you personally and will give careful guidance and meaningful recommendations based on their getting to know you well.
As part of a Christian liberal arts institution in the Reformed tradition, Trinity’s English department takes seriously the cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28. It is our conviction, as stated in the College’s mission statement, that “those who teach and learn are called to be co-workers with Christ in subjecting all cultural activities to the reign of God.” In our discipline, the implications of this calling are concentrated on language—a facility that sets human eings apart from all other creatures, an attribute in which we bear God’s own creative image, a gift that we have corrupted through sin, yet still, by grace, a powerful means of redemption.
We view reading and writing as important social practices that interact with other social practices under the influence of religious beliefs; and we believe that our discipline is therefore of fundamental importance to all Trinity students, regardless of their majors. Within the major and minor, we work to prepare students for graduate work in English and for entry into fields such as publishing, law, and education. As a department we marvel with our students at the beauty of the English language—its sounds and structures, its unique historical development, its rhetorical force, its poetic riches—and in writing, both critical and creative, we seek to use this language in ways that will bring glory to the one who first shaped both it and us.