• English Professional Studies

    Because of its multiplicity of forms, communication in the twenty-first century continues to escalate in importance in careers as well as in everyday life. Through the careful study of English language and literature, English professional studies (EPS) will prepare you to understand and communicate with people in ways that will reach and engage them in critical thinking and creative problem solving. 

    English Professional Studies at Kuyper

    Kuyper’s EPS program will help you develop a “professional self” in order to effectively understand, evaluate and communicate through the spoken and written word while incorporating and expressing the values, ethics and behaviors of a biblical world and life view. As an EPS graduate, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, experiences and communication styles required to serve in a broad variety of professional and career settings.

    Where Can English Professional Studies Graduates Work?

    With an English Professional Studies major you will be qualified to work in areas such as:
    • Para-church Organizations
    • Publishing
    • Libraries
    • Public Relations
    • News Organizations
    • Copy Writing
    • Communications

    Comprehensive Curriculum!

    Kuyper’s English Professional Studies curriculum is made up of 18 dynamic and challenging courses that will educate, equip and train you with real life experiences for a successful career. Below is a sample of what some of these courses cover.
    • In English Composition I and II you will first explore the techniques of thesis, organization, development, reasoning, and revision with emphasis on essay writing, grammar, mechanics, and usage. The second part continues in thesis-driven writing using rhetorical strategies, developing an effective style and voice, and writing in an expository and persuasive manner.
    • In Advanced Rhetoric you will expand your writing skills focusing on critical thinking, evaluation of sources, information literacy, and appropriate use of both primary and secondary research. Various social issues are explored through the writing of research-based academic papers.
    • In Introduction to Literature you will be introduced to and will read various kinds of literature. Through this course you will see how exploring literature reveals truths about us and the people around us – making us more empathetic messengers of the gospel in all areas of life.
    • In Inter-Cultural Communication you will develop skills necessary for building and maintaining relationships and communicating across cultures. This course examines the influence of perceptions, verbal and nonverbal styles, thinking modes, and symbols of communication from different cultures and backgrounds.



     At Kuyper experiential learning is a key component of every student’s coursework. Your 250 hour internship during your junior or senior year will provide you with hands on experience applying the principles, skills and techniques from the classroom. Internship sites are available in a variety of locations and with a focus that relates to your particular area of interest. Potential internship locations include:

    • Public Relations Firms
    • Community Organizations
    • National Ministries
    • Online Publications
    • Publishing Companies
    • Non-Profits

    Upon completion of the English Professional Studies program, students will be able to:

    • Employ conscious and sophisticated stylistic choices which demonstrate knowledge of standard English grammar and linguistics 
    • Assess and evaluate audience requirements in spoken and written formats 
    • Utilize creative and imaginative communication techniques 
    • Critically reason through tasks and challenges logically and creatively 
    • Proofread and edit for quality and clarity 
    • Identify appropriate research requirements and use information to enhance projects 
    • Demonstrate how to read literature for thematic meaning, analyzing what each piece says about us and the people of God’s world 
    • Analyze literature by genre, showing specifically how each genre imparts meaning 
    • Use primary and secondary research to advance complex arguments about literature 
    Dr. Lisa Bouma Garvelink began at Kuyper in the fall of 2005, after finishing her Ph.D. in American literature and a one-year doctoral fellowship that funded archival work on the letters of novelist Willa Cather. She began her career by teaching English and German at Creston High School, taught composition part-time at Calvin College while being mostly a stay-at-home mother, and taught literature at Western Michigan University while earning her Ph.D.

    In her first years at Kuyper, Dr. Garvelink taught Introduction to Literature, Children’s Literature, American Literature, World Literature, Literature of American Women, and Composition. She looks forward to teaching these courses again, as well as adding other classes, such as Russian Literature, British Literature, and The Literature of Willa Cather. Her other academic work is research writing for presentations at academic conferences and for publication in academic journals. Whether working on Willa Cather or other writers, Dr. Garvelink finds her own academic writing to be an energizing intellectual activity, which brings additional knowledge and enthusiasm to her classroom.
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