The BA in English offers students at CCU the opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree that focuses on literature and writing and teaches students to analyze both text and context. The study of literature covers both genre-based and specialized courses. Writing classes deal with strengthening basic skills as well as developing creative abilities. Other aspects of the field, such as drama, film, and literary theory are also included. In addition, the BA in English can be combined with a minor in Communication Arts that offers additional range in areas of journalism and includes an internship. Those who complete the program are equipped to work in editing, especially with a Christian publishing company, as well as to work in areas connected to public relations and marketing. The BA in English is also a good foundational degree for advanced study in many areas, including literature, rhetoric, philosophy, and law.
Since I have been at CCU for over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different areas, including directing plays and training traveling teams. However, my greatest love is teaching. Currently, I teach in multiple areas within the English and Communication Arts programs. I stay connected with incoming freshmen by teaching one section of College English each year. Each fall, I get to tap into my love of movies in a special way by teaching Theological Themes in Film. In the related area of drama, I teach Survey of Dramatic Literature and Drama Production & Performance. I also love writing and teaching writing. At CCU, that involves two courses: Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Creative Writing: Poetry, Fiction, & Drama. Filling out my teaching responsibilities, I also do Introduction to Poetry and English for Teaching & Editing, which includes an advanced grammar study and application in areas like editing for publication, which I did in my early years at CCU, and teaching English as a second language, which I did when our family lived in Kosova. Roles at CCU: Chief Academic Officer, Dean of the Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, Professor of English & Communication Arts.
Professor of English (1984). Arts & Sciences Department Chair. BA, MA, Cincinnati Christian University; MA, University of Louisville; additional graduate work, University of Cincinnati.
I have been serving as a member of the faculty at CCU since 2001. I teach College English 2, Survey of Multicultural Literature, Shakespeare, Introduction to Short Fiction, Theological Ethics in the Novel, and Literary Theory and Criticism. My scholarly interests center around rhetorical theory and critical theory. Roles at CCU: Associate Professor of English, Director of CCU Honors Scholarship Program
BS in Biblical Studies from CCU, MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, PhD in English (emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition) from Ball State University
Jennifer Koster is an Assistant Professor of English. Her teaching focuses include basic and standard composition, composition lab, multi-cultural literature, 19th & 20th Century Women Writers, and political science. In addition to teaching, Jen enjoys working with CCU’s First Generation College Students. She is chair of CCU’s Institutional Review Board. Jen began teaching in 2011 and came to Cincinnati Christian University in 2017.
Assistant Professor of English (2017). BS, MA, Northern Kentucky University; PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati.