• key works of British and American Literature
  • develop a life-long appreciation of literature, and verbal skills in speech and writing
  • possess strong communication skills
  • like English, History and the social sciences
  • enjoy writing and thinking critically and creatively
  • teaching
  • law, business, or graduate school
  • advertising and public relations
  • journalism
  • grant writing for corporations and non-profit organizations

Department Mission:

The English program at Belmont Abbey College offers students a literary education in the Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts tradition, providing them with an understanding of the complexities of human nature and a comprehensive grasp of Western civilization.

Through intensive study and analysis of key works of British and American Literature, students nourish their minds and spirits, develop a deep understanding of the human person, and prepare themselves for a lifetime of intellectual and spiritual growth that will benefit them and others.

Departmental Goals:

The overall goal of the Department of English is to help students develop a life-long appreciation of literature and their verbal skills in speech and writing. To achieve this end, the department has the following goals for students majoring in English:

  1. Become familiar with the significant classical, medieval, and modern literary works
  2. Know the major works of the traditional periods of British and American Literature
  3. Develop a cogent understanding of the theoretical principles underlying various interpretations of these works
  4. Master the critical skills to engage in research, organize information, form conclusions, and express them persuasively in writing and in speech
B.A. in English
(This option is available for traditional students only.) To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, the student must have completed and passed RH 101, RH 102, EN 211 and EN 212, and must have earned grade of “B-” or better. In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:

  • EN 211 – Classic Texts in the Western Tradition I
  • EN 212 – Classic Texts in the Western Tradition II

Major Requirements (300 Level or above):

  • EN 300 Renaissance, including Shakespeare
  • EN 310 Restoration and 18th c. British Literature
  • EN 320 English Romantic Writers or EN 330: English Victorian Writers
  • EN 340: American Literature
  • EN 350: Transatlantic Modern Literature
  • EN 420 Literary Criticism
  • EN 430W Rhetoric, Research, and Writing*
  • 3 EN Upper-Level Elective

*Note: EN 430W should only be taken in the fall semester of the senior year.

Other Courses:

  • Foreign Language
  • Humanities Division Requirement
    One (1) upper-level History course
    One (1) upper-level Theology course
  • EN 203: Introduction to American Literature
  • General elective hours

Note: Students must meet following conditions:

  • The last eighteen (18) credits taken to fulfill the requirements of the English major must be taken at Belmont Abbey College; students transferring from accredited institutions may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits at the 300 and 400 levels.
  • The English Department Reading List should be obtained by all majors no later than the first semester of their junior year; each student should fulfill its requirements before taking the English Comprehensive Examination.
  • The English Comprehensive Examination for majors may be taken no earlier than the semester in which all course work will be completed.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Minor in English
  • EN 211 Literary Classics of the Western Tradition I
  • EN 212 Literary Classics of the Western Tradition II
  • Nine (9) hours from 300- or 400-level English courses

NOTE: At least nine (9) credits for the minor in English must be taken at Belmont Abbey College.

Honors Institute students may have different requirements for the minor. Please

  • contact the Department Chair for details.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Full-time Faculty:

Dr. Angela Miss – Chair and Associate Professor of English, Director of Rhetoric and Writing
B.A., University of Georgia, 1993
M.A., University of Georgia, 1996
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004

Dr. Farrell O’Gorman – Professor of English
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Simon Donoghue – Associate Professor of English, Theatre Arts Minor Coordinator, Director of Abbey Players, Chair of Humanities Division
B.A., University of Virginia, 1974
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1980

Dr. Mary Ellen Weir – Associate Professor of English
B.A., Sacred Heart College, 1975
M.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1986
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1994

Dr. Al Benthall – Assistant Professor of English
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

Dr. Svetlana Corwin – Assistant Professor of English
B.A./M.A., Herzen State University, 1996
M.A., Appalachian State University, 1999
Ph.D., Emory University, 2007

Dr. Rebecca Munro – Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Gonzaga University, 1995
M.A., Gonzaga University, 1997
Ph.D., Baylor University, 2003

Dr. Joseph Pizza – Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Rider University, 2002
M.A., Ohio University, 2004
M.St., Oxford University, 2006
D.Phil, Oxford University, 2011

Dr. Stephen Shivone – Assistant Professor of English
B.A., The College of Saint Thomas More, 2001
M.A., University of Dallas, 2009

Dr. Anne Carson Daly – Professor of English, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1975
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1977
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1980