English

The English program teaches critical literary analysis and studies literary development part of culture. Professors challenge students to examine literary themes with a Christian worldview and develop culture-shaping deduction and writing skills. English graduates often pursue careers in publishing, editing, writing or continue their English education in graduate school.

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Hear from professors and students about what makes JBU's English program great.

Discover your Voice

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #1

Discover your Voice

Small classes at JBU facilitate a unique accountability to your own style and voice when reading, writing and analyzing literature.

Study Abroad

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #2

Study Abroad

Travel to Oxford, England for a semester at Oxford University. Work with an expert in your field of study, research in their renowned library and attend weekly lectures by the most brilliant minds - all for JBU credit.

Present Your Ideas

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #3

Present Your Ideas

JBU English students present their research at writing conventions and conferences every year. A few have gone on to publish and have many opportunities to present papers at writing conventions.

Pursue Publishing

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #4

Pursue Publishing

All JBU’s creative writing courses are capped at 12 students so that each student can present his or her creative fiction, nonfiction and poetry for constructive feedback from peers and professors.

Workshop your Words

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #5

Workshop your Words

All JBU’s creative writing courses are capped at 12 students so that each student can present his or her creative fiction, nonfiction and poetry for constructive feedback from peers and professors.

Join Sigma Tau Delta

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #6

Join Sigma Tau Delta

Join JBU’s English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. Discover new authors, debate old ideas and develop your creativity through activities throughout the year.

Facilitate Cool Festivals

Seven Reasons to Study English at JBU

Reason #7

Facilitate Cool Festivals

Every year, JBU hosts renowned authors, poets and songwriters for workshops and performances. English majors help facilitate, mingle with professional artists and help cultivate a love for the written word.

Jacob Stratman

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Jacob Stratman

Associate Professor of English

Stratman's research areas include religion and literature, Paulo Freire's pedagogical theories, teaching writing and literature for social change and 19th century American literature.

Ph.D., Marquette University
M.A., Missouri State University
B.A., William Jewell College

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Jessica Wilson

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Jessica Wilson

Assistant Professor of English

Jessica Wilson believes teaching is the best way she knows how to use her talents to serve others. She recently completed a semester in Prague as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.E., University of Dallas
B.A., Pepperdine University

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Amanda Himes

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Amanda Himes

Assistant Professor of English​

Teaching enables Himes to see mental, emotional and spiritual growth in her students and herself as they discuss literature and writing together. The students are her favorite thing about JBU.

Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A., Baylor University
B.A., East Texas Baptist University

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