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Why Study English at CIU?

For Columbia International University, the English program is a direct outworking of CIU’s motto “To know Him and to make Him known.” You will study the writings of poets and novelists, journalists and biographers through the lens of Scripture, mindful that all truth is God’s truth. 

The English program focuses on intellectual development through reading, writing, and critical thinking, as it prepares you for effective use of the written word in a variety of careers, ministry opportunities and graduate studies. Surveys show that 20 percent of those in management positions in the United States are English majors.

Your Future

Your career prospects as an English major are expanding with globalization. Due to changing demographics, school districts and employers need English majors to assist non-native English speakers in achieving greater fluency in the language. Plus an English degree combined with courses from the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program prepares you to teach English in countries where it is in much demand.

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Featured Faculty: 
Steve Baarendse Steve Baarendse
English Minor Program Coordinator

B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina

Joe LeTexier Joe LeTexier
MA TEFL/ICS Coordinator

B.A., Crown College; M.A., M.Div. Columbia International University

Mark Wenger Mark Wenger
Applied English Program Coordinator

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Columbia International University; additional graduate studies, University of South Carolina

Sandra Young
Division Chair for Liberal Arts Studies, English Professor

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001; Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013; Faculty, Columbia...Read More...