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.
- Literary Studies
- Global Literature
- Place-Based American Studies (open to juniors, replaces U.S. History and 2 11/12 English courses) 🌱
- English 11/12: Environmental Literature: Place Based (Fall) 🌱
- English 11/12: Expository and Creative Nonfiction: Writing Intensive (Fall)
- English 11/12: Foundations of Literary Theory (Fall)
- English 11/12: Multicultural American Literature (Fall)
- English 11/12: Shakespeare Post-1600 (Fall)
- English 11/12: American Literature (Spring)
- English 11/12: British Literature (Spring)
- English 11/12: Fiction, Drama, & Poetry: Writing Intensive (Spring)
- English 11/12: Gothic Literature (Spring)
- English 11/12: Modern and Contemporary Literature and Philosophy (Spring)
English Language Learner (ELL) is offered as needed.
Students are required to complete Historical Studies, Global Studies, and U.S. History or Place-Based American Studies before graduation. Classes make extensive use of original documents. Regular analytical writing assignments include document-based essays. In History 10, students learn how to draw a map of the world and participate in simulation-based learning. U.S. History students complete a major research paper in the second semester. One-semester electives available to juniors and seniors involve a significant number of analytical papers and other writing assignments and use original documents, anthologies, and film in exploring the course topics.
Prior to graduating, seniors explore religion as a phenomenon common to humanity and develop tools for the study of any religious tradition. They learn language and method for theological thinking with particular emphasis on the religions birthed of the Abrahamic tradition. Through seminars, essay writing, and research projects, students reflect on the theoretical material presented. At the conclusion of the course, each student articulates a personal creedal statement in light of a full year's experience examining the phenomenon of religion.
In addition to Introduction to Religious Studies, SAS offers elective opportunities for Bible study, and baptism and confirmation preparation..
M.Ed. English Education, University of Massachusetts
M.F.A. Poetry, New England College
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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R.B.A., Bluefield State College 2002
M.A., American University 2009
B.A., George Mason University 2006
B.A., Brigham Young University
M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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.