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The Gardner-Webb University Department of English offers a supportive learning community with multiple opportunities to connect and share with your classmates and professors. Our department has a history of fun activities, and our low student/teacher ratio (4-to-1) means that students will get one-on-one attention.

A degree in English is a great foundation for a wide range of careers and fields of work, including publishing and editing, teaching, business and marketing, social media management, professional writing, non-profit work, ministry, counseling, law, human rights work, and social work.

Department Publications

Learn more about the publications managed by faculty, staff, and students in our department.

  • Chris Davis

    Dr. Chris Davis

    Professor of English , Chair of the Department of English Language & Literature

    (704) 406-3224

The professors were able to cultivate an intimate atmosphere that fostered students’ ability and willingness to think deeply and creatively. At GWU, the people around you know you, care about you, and are invested in your success.”
— Katie Garahan ’09
I learned the importance of professional development and networking, which ensure the incorporation of researched-based strategies in the classroom. I also learned the value of reflection and self-evaluation, which have helped me improve with each year of experience.”
— Hailey Spearman ’09
In most of my literature classes, we read about other cultures and constantly talked about how important it is to be aware of other peoples' experiences and perspectives. These conversations helped me significantly as I was faced with the challenge of moving across the country to a brand-new environment.”
— Haley Spurlin '17