Student Opportunities in English

Extracurricular Activities

  • The Bagpipe - student newspaper
  • The Tartan - yearbook
  • The Thorn - literary magazine
  • Sigma Tau Delta - national English honorary society open to students who have completed a number of English courses with an above-average GPA
  • Drama Club
  • Musical theatre productions
  • Other special-interest clubs, which may vary from year to year


Off-Campus Studies

Programs of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

  • Oxford Programme - Spend a summer or a semester at Oxford University in England.
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center - Spend an intensive semester immersed in film with professionals and other Christian students.
  • Washington Journalism Center - Spend a semester on Capitol Hill to cultivate professional skills and think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media.


Other possibilities

Covenant students may take advantage of other programs for study abroad, either for a semester or for a summer. From time to time, the department may offer off-campus courses during the May Term.



Through the Practicum in Journalism, students may gain experience in positions on campus or in the Chattanooga area.


Students interested in missions, including teaching English as a Second Language, may take advantage of summer programs offered through Mission to the World, English Language Institute/China, and similar organizations.


Professional Meetings

Professors in the department are leaders in the regional and national Conference on Christianity and Literature and encourage students to submit papers to be read at the annual southeastern meeting.

Dr. Nola Stephens

Dr. Stephens discusses the importance of language in Scripture and describes the excitement of studying linguistics as a believer.

Lydia Holt

"I really love the faculty in the English department. All the professors are wise and caring, and they do an excellent job of connecting the study of the English language to faith and calling. In addition, as an English major, there are so many opportunities for work and service that will open up for me because of the well-rounded and rigorous training I’m receiving in the various branches of English."
 - Lydia Holt '19
Dr. Cliff Foreman | Professor of English | Covenant College

Evan Lecksell

"I’m really interested in my Introduction to Literary Studies course. It is the first class I’ve had that actually got me excited about poetry, and if you have to have class at 8 a.m., Dr. Barham is the best professor to transition you from being asleep 5 minutes ago to being energized and excited about what you study. Dr. Barham’s love for literature is contagious, and you find yourself happily engaged in types of literature you never thought you would care about."
 - Evan Lecksell '19