Academically, I was challenged and encouraged by both Chris Brennemann and Louis Riggs. As I prepared to enter law school, these professors designed brand new curricular offerings to prepare me. Without their influence, my entrance into the legal field would have been much more daunting!

Kate Pennell Alum, Public Relations Class of 2010

HLGU’s Department of English strives to provide a framework for excellence in literacy analysis, writing effectiveness, and linguistic inquiry. Offering courses to meet general education requirements as well as requirements for the major, the department serves a significant percentage of the students at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Faculty members in the department help students to develop skill in writing through courses in composition and creative writing. In addition, they foster the use of critical thinking through the analysis and interpretation of literature as well as the study of the English language. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in English have found success in a variety of career fields. The department also provides the subject-area coursework for secondary education majors whose emphasis is English.

Students appreciate the wide variety of courses taught within the English department. Choose from literature, composition, and language to meet not only the degree requirements, but also the interests of students. In addition, the department is currently expanding its online course offerings.

We Stand Out

Dedicated Faculty

The faculty members invest time in getting to know their students individually, and they provide academic assistance in the office as well as the classroom.

Computer Lab

The departmental suite houses a small computer lab designated for student use. The convenient lab has proven to be an excellent resource.

Further Education

HLGU graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in English have a foundation for advanced study in English, law, ESL, and other fields.

Integration of Faith and Learning

Courses are taught from a Christian perspective, an approach that gives a value-added significance to learning.

Small Class Sizes

Small classes encourage interaction and in-depth discussion. English majors will get to know each other well and learn together in this supportive environment.

Personalized Attention

Faculty members are happy to have individual conferences with their students. Improving student writing is a high priority in this department.

Variety of Careers

Our B.A. graduates have been employed in a variety of fields including publishing, editing and business. In addition, students who have earned the Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis in English typically enter the teaching profession.

Excellent Resources

Living Mark Twain’s hometown provides advantages for the literature student. Some classes visit his boyhood home and museum for inspiration!



Faculty Profile

Amanda Henry

"I firmly believed that God directed me to Hannibal-LaGrange, first as a college student and then as an instructor. It is my desire to help students find God's purpose for their lives just as my professors helped me."

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