English

Students reading poetry

Writing and critical reading are essential elements of the English curriculum. In the junior and senior years, students choose from courses that emphasize college-level analysis and writing. Students who are not native English speakers take regular English classes along with any necessary ELL courses.

Juniors and seniors choose one 11/12 course per semester.

2020-2021 Courses

English Language Learners (ELL)

ELL courses are available for non-native speakers who require additional course work. ELL courses are in lieu of another foreign language but are taken concurrently with other subjects. Students who test out of ELL must fulfill the two-year foreign language requirement with a language other than English. 

2020-2021 Courses

Humanities Faculty

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Malia Carlos

Malia Carlos

Class of 1987
Titles: Fort Chair in Writing, Humanities Department Co-Chair, English, 10th Grade Level Program (Lead), Mind*Body*Exercise
Degrees: B.A. English, Tufts University
M.Ed. English Education, University of Massachusetts
M.F.A. Poetry, New England College
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3145
Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Titles: Dean of Students, Humanities Department Co-Chair, History, Ethics, American Studies, Varsity Boys' Soccer (Head), 9th Grade Level Program Lead, SHOW Coordinator, Conduct Council
Degrees: B.A. History, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2134
Kinion Asmus

Kinion Asmus

Titles: Humanities 8, English, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Textile Arts, Art History, Mind*Body* Exercise, Literary Magazine
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017
Christine Monahan

Christine Monahan

Titles: Residential Life Coordinator, History, Lead House Parent (Colmore), Yearbook, 11th Grade Level Program Lead
Degrees: B.A., History, College of the Holy Cross
M.A.T., Social Studies, Rivier University
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David Prehn

David Prehn

Titles: English, History, Cross Country (Head), Tennis, Honor Council, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., History and English, The University of the South
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 4122
Tracy Randolph

Tracy Randolph

Titles: Humanities 7, English, Lead House Parent (St. Mary's), Writing Center, Conduct Council
Degrees: B.S. Public Relations, Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1018
Michael Short

Michael Short

Titles: Outdoor Education & Place-Based Learning Coordinator, Humanities 6, English, Adventure Education, Outdoor Adventure, Mountain Biking (Co-Head), Residential Faculty, 6th Grade Level Program Lead, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A. English and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1019
Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2140
Thomas Simerville

Thomas Simerville

Class of 2016
Titles: Father Flye Fellow, History, Art, Adventure Education, Humanities
Degrees: B.A., History, The University of the South
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Kira Tharp

Kira Tharp

Class of 2012
Titles: Alumni Relations Coordinator, ELL
Degrees: B.A., English, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2132

Did you know that Sewanee is home to America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly? The Sewanee Review was founded in 1872 and established Sewanee as a hub for literary activity. The Sewanee Review, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee School of Letters bring writers to the Mountain throughout the year for engaging lectures, talks, and workshops.