Chairperson: Gary M. Bouchard
Professors: Gary M. Bouchard, Meoghan B. Cronin, Elona K. Lucas, Bindu M. Malieckal, Landis K. Magnuson, Ann V. Holbrook; Associate Professors:, Jonathan D. Lupo, Chani Marchiselli, Sherry R. Shepler, Jennifer J. Thorn; Assistant Professors: Carmen McClish, Michael New; Lecturers: John Achorn, John Baker, Erin Brown, Jeanne M. Cavelos, Ann-Maria Contarino, Rev. Jerome J. Day, O.S.B., Arlene Quaratiello. Patrick Meighan, Kristin O’Brien, John Slefinger, Kenneth Walker.
The English Department claims a central place in Saint Anselm College’s classic Benedictine liberal arts curriculum. It aims to teach students how to read critically and write effectively, to appreciate the beauty and expressiveness of the English and American literary canon, and to understand the processes by which messages and meaning are constructed and transmitted.
Students pursuing the majors in the English Department will acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enhance their careers and their intellectual lives. The theoretical knowledge may lay the foundation for teaching or graduate work. The practical ability to analyze or express ideas underlies many careers in industry and business and helps the student as well during a lifetime to understand personal aesthetic experience and to integrate it with philosophical and theological knowledge.
Two Majors in the Department of English
The English Department offers students the choice of two majors: English and Communication. Those pursuing the English major will complete a comprehensive study of literature, from medieval to modern. Students interested in Communication complete an interdisciplinary course of study including requirements in oral, written, and visual communication. In the senior year, students from both majors are required to complete a senior thesis in a particular area of the student’s choice and pass a comprehensive exam administered during the spring semester. A description of each major and a list of required courses follows.