English Department Overview – Asbury University
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English Department Overview

Dr. Chuck Gobin, Chair

The Department of English has a central role in Asbury University’s objective of the integration of faith and learning. Fundamental to the growth of any student is the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

Additionally, instructors endeavor to encourage student appreciation for literature as an aesthetic discipline affirming humanity’s quest for increased knowledge of itself and its world. Literature is a witness to the full gamut of human needs, joys, longings, and conflicts and thus serves as a witness to the spiritual dimension within mankind. Concurrently, the Department seeks to assist students in developing a Christian worldview through an integration of historical and Biblical perspectives that, in turn, foster a more cogent articulation of a Christian value system to the modern world.


The C. S. Lewis Study Undergraduate Study Center at Asbury University offers three courses devoted to the thought and writings of Lewis as well as other lectures and events open to the entire student body. The classes are PHL 293 Philosophy of C. S. Lewis, ENG 423 C. S. Lewis and the Oxford Circle, and ENG 391 Independent Study (which may focus on additional writings of Lewis). The program offers C. S. Lewis Scholarships on a competitive basis to incoming freshmen. (Dr. Devin Brown. Director)

[Major and Minor requirements]


College Writing Proficiency and Requirement

  1. All undergraduates must satisfy Foundations Writing requirement of College Writing I and College Writing II.
  2. Prior to being admitted to College Writing II, students must demonstrate the basic proficiency by completing ENG 100 College Writing I or equivalent (an earned grade C or above in first semester Writing I at a regionally accredited university) or present ACT/SAT test scores to determine ENG 100 proficiency.
    ACT/SAT test scores used to determine College Writing proficiency:
  3. Students will be placed in ENG 100 with English Test Score of ACT 19 or lower, pre-2016 SAT 500 or lower, or 2016 SAT reading 27 or lower.
    1. Students placed in ENG 100 must complete ENG 100 before enrolling in ENG 110.
    2. Students placed in ENG 100 will be enrolled concurrently in ENG 100L for the Writing Center.
  4. Students meeting proficiency by ACT/SAT English test scores are placed directly in ENG 110 or ENG 151.
    1. ENG 110 placement for students with English Test Score of ACT 20-25, or pre-2016 SAT 510-650, or 2016 SAT reading 28-34.
    2. ENG 151 placement for students with English Test Score of ACT 26 or above, or pre-2016 SAT 660 or above, or 2016 SAT reading 35 or above.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, a service of the Center for Academic Excellence, helps students from all disciplines and at all levels of proficiency improve their writing skills through individual sessions with competent staff. As trained peer readers, Writing Center staff can help students understand grammatical and usage principles and help them better plan, revise, and edit their own writing. Although some students are required to enroll in the Writing Center Tutoring Program, any student may take advantage of the Writing Center’s services free of charge.