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Students minoring in English Language and Literature will learn about the literary heritage of Great Britain and the United States as well as the history and nature of the English language. They will develop skills in reading, writing, researching, and critical thinking. They should learn to appreciate the contributions of British and American writers to Western culture and the importance of effective writing skills.
The course listings below are a representation of what this minor requires. Select elective courses may also be included. Students may have to take additional courses to fulfill the prerequisites of the required courses.
|Introduction to Linguistics
|Special Topics in Literature
|Studies in English Grammar
|History of the English Language
|Studies in Mythology
|Poetry and Prose of the English Renaissance
|Studies in Literature and Film
|Studies in Shakespeare
|Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
|The Bible as Literature
|18th-Century Poetry and Prose
|The English Romantic Movement
|British Fiction II
|Studies in Victorian Poetry and Prose
|Jewish Literature of the Holocaust
|Studies in American Drama and Theater
|Women and Literature
|Studies in Southern Literature
|Studies in Children’s Literature
|Studies in African American Literature
|Studies in American Literature
|Studies in British and American Literature
|Studies in Literary Form
|Studies in Drama
|Studies in Medieval Literature
|Studies in British Literature
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Chair, Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Professor of Philosophy | College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
I began working at AUM in 2010. Prior to that, I completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Saint Louis University, a M.A. in Philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Greenville University.
My dissertation focused on 19th-century British philosophy of science. I was interested in debates among these philosophers concerning the role of experiment in the justification of scientific knowledge. Although my research focused in this area, my teaching experience at Saint Louis University focused broadly on applied ethics, the history of philosophy, and in philosophy of religion. Since coming to AUM, I have continued to teach courses in these areas. And my research interests have shifted to focus broadly on virtues and vices in both ethics and epistemology. I have written two books: A Virtue-Based Defense of Perinatal Hospice and Loving Samuel: Suffering, Dependence, and the Calling of Love, a philosophical and theological memoir on the life and death of his son. I’m currently working on a third book, under contract with Cambridge Elements series The Problems of God, tentatively titled Suffering, Virtue, and God.
In addition to my teaching and research within the Department of English and Philosophy, in 2017 I took on the role of coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan. In this role, I oversee all aspects of the program including advising students and teaching the Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone course.