Bethany College gives students the choice between a major in English education, a major in English, or a minor in English.
Through the English program, students master the skills of critical thinking and advanced writing techniques. Bethany also places heavy emphasis on community relations so students gain the skills necessary to be leaders in their fields as well as their communities.
Communication & Theatre
The mission of Bethany College Theatre and Communication is firmly rooted in the mission of the college: to challenge the students to perform the spoken word as a means of communication both clearly and artistically and to nurture in students a sense of confidence and responsibility in their communication art.
The purposes are:
- to create an environment in which students are nurtured and challenged to seek and acquire knowledge broadly in the disciplines of Theatre, Communication, and Performance Studies.
- to enable students to develop reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills in those disciplines and beyond.
- to allow students to hone their talents as performers, designers, directors, playwrights, speakers and communicators.
- to enable students to understand the relationship between oral communication as performance and theatrical performance as communication.
Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George Sand, and the Victorian Woman Artist (2004); and Dickens, His Parables, and His Reader (2011).
She has written numerous conference papers and has been invited to present her scholarship for the New York Browning Society and the Swedish Writers Union, and at the Oxford Round Table.
At Bethany, Lewis has received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence award.
Lewis received her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her B.A. from East Central State, Okla. She taught British literature, composition and linguistics and retired in 2014.