Department of English Language and Literature
A degree in English is a great foundation for careers in education, business, publishing, ministry, and more. Gardner-Webb offers five different concentrations for the English BA and two for the English MA.
Our alumni have pursued careers in diverse fields such as communications, business, education, law, and publishing. Our alumni find work in editing, public relations, counseling, journalism, management, marketing, research, writing, and more.
Gardner-Webb’s Department of English offers a fun, supportive community with lots of opportunities to connect and to share with your classmates and teachers. Our department has a history of activities including annual kickball games, pizza and quiz bowl parties, ice cream socials, and poetry readings at the Broad River Coffee Company. Our low student/teacher ratio (4 to 1) means that student's will get one-on-one attention. All Gardner-Webb classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. The English Department’s faculty is a diverse and interesting group.
Broad River Review
The Broad River Review is Gardner-Webb’s own literary magazine. Every spring the Broad River Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photographs, and visual arts contributed by students and members of the writing community. As an English student you will also have the opportunity to serve on the editorial staff allowing you to gain experience in editing and publishing.
The English Channel
The English Channel is the official English Department newsletter published multiple times each semester. Students are invited to build their portfolios by writing for The English Channel or working as a student editor. As an English major or minor, you will have the opportunity to be featured in the Major Spotlight. Recent publications are even available online.
The First-Year Composition Award is given to an outstanding first-year student whose writing demonstrates clarity, originality, careful craftsmanship and audience appeal.
The Senior English Major Award is awarded based on excellence in grades, character, leadership ability, and creativity.
The Professional Writing Award recognizes an English major or minor who produces exceptional writing designed for the marketplace.
English Education Award is given to an outstanding student majoring in English with a minor in professional education.
The J. Calvin Koontz Poetry Award is given to a senior English major who demonstrates great potential for writing poetry. There poetry portfolio is published in the Broad River Review.
Broad River Review Editor’s Prize in Poetry is chosen from the Broad River Review poetry submissions from Gardner-Webb students.
Broad River Review Editor’s Prize in Fiction is chosen from the Broad River Review fiction submissions from Gardner-Webb students.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honors society for outstanding English major and minors who have completed two or more English courses above 101 and 102, have a GPA of 3.0 (B or better) in all English courses, and have a GPA in the top 1/3 of the entire student body.
A relevant internship can help you prepare for professional success and make you more competitive on the job market. We help students find internships at law offices, local businesses and community service organizations. English students have also interned at GWU's Media Relations office, the Charleston City Paper, and the Forest City Owls team office. They can also volunteer for the Broad River Review, GWU's literary magazine showcasing writing and artwork by both students and professionals.
English students can also obtain work-study assignments serving as student assistants to English professors. As a student assistant, you'll do everything from running errands and making copies to tutoring other students. If you're a strong writer, you can help out at the University Writing Center.
With a degree in English you will be prepared to do just about anything. Your career options include (but are not limited to) opportunities in writing, public relations, teaching, research, journalism, editing, and communications. You will be prepared for further study in English, Law, Divinity, and many other fields.
Gardner-Webb graduates are pursuing further study at Duke University, Boston University, the University of Tennessee, Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and more.
GWU English alumni are pursuing their passions, succeeding in their careers, and making an impact on their communities. Here are just a few of our alumni's many accomplishments:
- Ron Rash is a nationally-known writer and poet. His fourth novel Serena was a Finalist in the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
- Larissa Bixler is an attorney with Hendrick, Gardner, Kincheloe & Garofalo in Charlotte.
- Jennifer Rogers Spinola is the author of the Southern Fried Sushi series including Southern Fried Sushi, Like Sweet Potato Pie, and ‘Til Grits Do Us Part (Barbour Publishing).
- Tara Hostetler holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and is an editor at McGraw-Hill.
- Lauren Quesenberry Alfaro has a master’s from Loyola University in Chicago and is a mental health coordinator in Minneapolis.
- Rachel Jones is in Suwon, South Korea, teaching English as a Second Language.
- Wayne Blankenship is a publicity director for a health education organization.