The curriculum for the English Department at NGU breaks down into two main categories. English majors at NGU may choose the Bachelor of Arts in English or the bachelorís in English language arts secondary education. The English degree equips students to enter graduate school or an English-related profession, such as copywriting and editing, while the English language arts degree prepares students to teach high school English. Both majors expose students to a wide range of courses, including cultural identity studies, literary masterpieces, and upper-level writing. In addition, among other requirements, English education majors complete various education courses and 100 hours of field experience to help prepare them to teach English at the high school level.
Publication Opportunity - English majors have the opportunity to be published in the department's award-winning literary magazine, The Mountain Laurel, and have their work reviewed by literary professionals.
Tutoring - English majors may be invited to work in the university's Writing Center, where they are trained to tutor students who need help with their writing. Majors can gain hands-on experience reviewing other students' writing and providing valuable feedback in a variety of areas ranging from invention to completion of a writing assignment.
Essay Workshops - From freshman composition to upper-level writing classes, English majors are given the opportunity to critique and review one another's writing. Students gain valuable insight in the writing process and develop the ability to read both their own and other's writing critically and effectively.
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society - English majors who meet the admission requirements will be invited to join Sigma Tau Delta, where they have the opportunity to apply for academic scholarships, submit for publication to Sigma Tau Delta-sponsored journals and online publications, apply for Sigma Tau Delta internships, and more
English Department faculty members hold advanced degrees (either a
master's degree or a doctorate) in English, with special emphasis on
various aspects of American and British literature, including
Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.
Additionally, English faculty members encourage students to investigate the impact of the Christian worldview on literary study and writing, and they model practical ways to successfully integrate faith within the discipline and the student's chosen vocation.
- Read diverse literature with insight and pleasure.
- Write clear expository prose with critical facility and imagination.
- Think and read critically.
- Demonstrate an understanding of different literary genres and the scope of literature.
- Practice effective oral communication.
The curriculum for the History Department at NGU is organized around regions and time periods. All departmental majors begin with survey courses in American and Western civilization history, followed by a course where you learn how to write a college-level research paper.As you continue through the program, you can select from several upper-level electives that delve deeply into more specific times and places. The upper-level electives span all of American history and most regions of the world. Geography courses are also offered through the History Department. Students are encouraged to explore the times and places that are of most interest to them personally.
Conferences - Students who want the experience of presenting academic papers or simply seek exposure to the work historians do are frequently invited by faculty to attend and/or present at various local conferences and symposia, such as the annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association and the Maryville Symposium.
Public history / Local museums - The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Upcountry History Museum are convenient historical locations nearby, where interested students have interned for history credit in the past.
Summer enrichment programs - Based on student interest, faculty members refer students to various summer programs for history majors aspiring to graduate work in the field, law school, or public history.
Faculty members in NGU's History Department have been educated at some of the best schools in the nation, and we pride ourselves in taking a personal interest in our students' academic success and in the launch of their careers following graduation.
Our faculty's expertises include, among others, 20th-century American political history, the American South, Appalachian history, modern Chinese history, African American history, and the history of Christianity in America.
- Identify and explain relationships between major events, key developments, prominent individuals, and influential ideas in American history and in Western civilization.
- Construct a clear, coherent, and convincing argument (research paper) in support of a thesis on a topic of historical significance, as well as cite sources according to Turabian's A Manual for Writers.
- Critically analyze primary and secondary sources and incorporate them into written research.
- Analyze historical and political events from a Christian worldview.
The curriculum within the Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.) Department at NGU is, by design, one that allows students to tailor-build their own ďinterdiscipline,Ē as they select courses from two or more existing disciplines. As an interdisciplinary student, you take two key interdisciplinary seminars meant to direct and shed light on the process of integrating your respective fields. A deeper integration attends this process, one where you learn to bridge head and heart, as well as classroom and real world.
The end result is a distinct career preparedness marked by greater flexibility and sustainable confidence. An interdisciplinary studies student at NGU is prepared for a complex global culture and simultaneously given a service-oriented Kingdom mentality.
City of Greenville partnerships - Our ever-growing partnerships in our neighboring city, ranging from The International Center of the Upstate to the alternative high school Next and from M. Judson Bookstore's storytelling events to Open Works' collaborative entrepreneurial work-space, provide our students with key opportunities to network and test out their interdisciplinary theories in the real world.
Poetry Night - Our longstanding interdisciplinary arts events, held both on and off campus, give our students a "culture lab" for exploring the integration of faith and creative arts. We get plenty of practice in "doing space" and in creating events and engaging culture.
The Mountain Laurel magazine - Interdisciplinary studies students have led the way in sharing their verbal and visual works in this award-winning art and literary publication at NGU.
Interdisciplinary community at large - Our program is successful only because students are allowed, right from the get-go, to buy in, to take on leadership roles, and to co-create the program. Our alumni base is strong, so this process continues well after graduation.
Gregory Bruce teaches the core interdisciplinary studies courses, yet students in the program will take courses with professors within their chosen disciplines of interest. Bruce holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies with literature and religion from Emory University's Institute of the Liberal Arts, a forerunner in the field of integrative learning. His years of research and teaching, furthermore, have brought him to the cutting edge of interdisciplinary practice in a Christ-centered environment.
- Integrate the methods and concepts of two or more disciplines in order to establish a career path responsive both to the complexity of a globalized world and the simplicity of the way of Christ.
- Enjoy a wide-ranging identity as an interdisciplinarian, such that learning and living come together in ever-novel and engaging ways.
- Engage in "cognitive-affective" learning (head and heart), where individual passions are fused with collaborative resources.
- Communicate in multi-modal, culturally-responsive ways, while developing a distinct personalized voice.
- Become a "liberal arts virtuoso," a life-long champion of whole-person education.
The curriculum in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Department at NGU is divided into four sections: general education, core studies, supporting courses, and electives. The general education section of our curriculum helps you to develop into an informed and productive member of society. The required supporting courses teach you a basic understanding of linguistics. In the core curriculum, you will consolidate your knowledge and skills in your specialty.The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers a bachelorís degree in Spanish and a bachelorís in Spanish education, as well as minors and interdisciplinary components in American Sign Language, French, linguistics, and Spanish. The program also offers courses in German and Mandarin Chinese
Study abroad - The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers students an opportunity to travel and study abroad in order to experience immersion within the language and culture of their specialty.
Internship - Our internship course requires students to apply their knowledge of experience to a practical world environment.
Local churches - The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department encourages our students to worship with and to become involved in a church where the language they are studying is spoken.
Our Modern Languages and Linguistics Department faculty members possess a very wide range of strengths and experiences, as well as very rigorous academic understandings of the languages and cultures they teach.
Half of our full-time faculty are native speakers, while the other half learned their specialty as a second language. Both types of instructors bring different sets of experience, knowledge, and worldviews to our students. Most of the native speakers were born abroad, so they bring to the classroom significantly different perspectives than individuals who were born and grew up in the United States.
- Evangelize the world with the Word of Christ through your studies of languages and linguistics.
- Gain viable skills and proficiencies so that you can succeed in your chosen area(s) of study.
- Expand NGUís reputation in academia and in the public arena, having completed an area of study that emphasizes diversity and technical rigor.
- Develop into a mature, well-rounded, and highly trained individual who is equipped to be a productive and informed adult and a sincere Christian.
The curriculum within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at NGU provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the many career paths available in political science and in criminal justice and legal studies.
In political science, students take courses that provide a solid foundation in American and global politics, and the department also offers courses in public policy, political philosophy, and constitutional law. Criminal justice also offers courses drawn from across the discipline, including courses such as Law Enforcement Operations, as well as Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling.
The curriculum in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice & Legal Studies reflects NGU's commitment to combining faith and learning.
Internships - Internships are available in both political science and criminal justice. Examples include working in government agencies or political offices, as well as internships with national, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Work study - Work study opportunities allow students to assist professors on research projects or help in managing the Criminal Justice Club or the criminal justice newsletter.
Field trips - Field trips also allow students to gain valuable experience. Examples include trips to law enforcement training facilities, forensic laboratories, courtrooms, and the state legislature.
The faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice & Legal Studies are highly trained their field and can draw upon experience in their area of expertise. You will find that faculty in this department are committed to guiding students through their coursework and advising them on career options within their major.
- Identify and explain the constitutional foundations of the American political system.
- Analyze and evaluate important institutions and issues in the political and criminal justice systems.
- Understand America's legal system and the rights and duties of citizens. Analyze the role of the criminal justice system in contemporary society.
- Identify and explain concepts in criminal justice and political science essential for professional development.