2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, and Languages

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Mission Statement

Embodying the core values of a Christian liberal arts education in the Wesleyan theological tradition, and focusing on the power of language and story to shape us and our world, the LJWL department and programs will provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences to equip them to understand, interpret, analyze, evaluate, and create texts as linguistic and/or artistic expressions of diverse human experiences.  We value reading, writing, researching, speaking, and discussing as profound means of participating in the redemptive work of God in all of creation.


To enable students to

  • critically read and interpret texts through close reading and literary analysis.
  • thoughtfully engage with diverse cultures through reading and discussing texts.
  • understand the nature, structure, and history of language.
  • conduct effective research and produce effective written and oral communication in various genres and media.
  • deepen their redemptive social and spiritual engagement with the world through studying languages, texts, and media.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, and Languages invites students to enter into the “republic of letters,” to become students of the basic component of human interaction: language. The department is committed to helping students learn how to communicate their ideas effectively through the analysis and study of the written word as used in a breadth of literature – classical and modern, British and American, European, and a wide variety of other western and non-western literatures. The faculty offer different approaches to the subject matter due to their different educational backgrounds. Professors of the department have distinguished themselves by having work published in Great Lives, Great Events – The Seventeenth Century, Great Lives – The Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Brontë Studies, The Ben Jonson Journal, The Literary Encyclopedia, English Today: The International Review of the English Language, Religion and Literature, Literature and Belief, Christianity and Literature, Profession, Journal on African Literature: Tydskrif vir leterkunde, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Nineteenth Century French Studies, La Corónica, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, The New York Times, Christianity   Today, Relevant Magazine, Sojourners, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Christian Feminism Today, and the Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. Faculty members have also published books and poetry collections. They have given lectures and submitted papers at such places as the University of London, the University of Hull, the University of Leeds, Charles University, Prague, UCLA, Princeton University, The International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Madrid, Spain. Department faculty have also received major  national grants including several from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship Grant, and the Del Amo Foundation.

Career Opportunities

Students who have graduated from the Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing and Languages have been accepted into some of the finest graduate schools in the country. In addition to careers in law, education, journalism, publishing, and public relations, graduates from our department are active in a variety of business fields, in theological study and church ministry, in work with NGOs and the National Park Service, and in overseas teaching. Internship programs with local newspapers and magazines are also established to create contacts and experience for our students to gain employment in technical writing, business writing, copy writing and editing, and newspaper reporting.


Scott Bennett, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara

Carol Blessing, Ph.D., Chair
University of California, Riverside

Paula Cronovich, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Stephen Goforth, M.A.
The American University

Richard Hill, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Breeann Kirby, M.F.A.
San Diego State University

Alain Lescart, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut

Robbiee Maakestad, M.F.A.
George Mason University

Katie Manning, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Karl Martin, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

David Michael McKinney, Ph.D.
University of Southern California

Jacqueline Mitchell, M.A.
University of California, Los Angeles

Dean Nelson, Ph.D.
Ohio University

Charlene Pate, M.A.
California State University, San Marcos and San Diego State University

Bettina Tate Pedersen, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Margarita Pintado, Ph.D.
Emory University

James Wicks, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.

    Optional certificates are offered in some schools or departments. The requirements governing certificates are as follows:

    • A certificate is a skill or theme-based program using approved PLNU courses that supplements a student’s undergraduate studies.
    • Only certificates that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation.
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the certificate for it to be granted.
    • A certificate should be between 6-15 units if it is aligned with a major but may be up to 24 units if it is not aligned with a major.
    • 50% or more of the units being applied to the certificate must be unique to that certificate.
    • Of the total units in the certificate,  a minimum of 2/3 must be earned in residence.


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