Hope’s Department of English cultivates vision, insight and imagination.

We do this through individual and collaborative practices of writing and reading that bridge boundaries within the global community.

We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

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Kathleen Verduin
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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

Recent blog posts

  1. 2021 Senior Showcase – Volume 3

    Posted by hannahjones

    This week, we’re continuing our series on our graduating English Dept seniors. Blogs Admini...

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  2. Summer & Fall 2021 Course Preview

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    We’re sharing some previews of our upper-level course offerings this week. Remember, Fall 2...

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  3. 2021 Senior Showcase – Internship Feature

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Senior Mary Laffey speaks with our blogs administrator Hannah Jones, and shares her internship ex...

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  4. March is National Reading Month: Hope College and Ready for School Collaborate for Our Youngest Readers!

    Posted by Blogs Administrator

    On Friday 2/26, Hope College featured a live virtual visit with author Kwame Alexander in conjunc...

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  5. 2021 Senior Showcase – Volume 1

    Posted by Blogs Administrator

    This spring, we will be featuring English Department Seniors as they reflect on their time in the...

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  6. Alumna Feature – Kasidee Karsten (’13): “There’s No Right or Wrong Way.”

    Posted by Blogs Administrator

    Kasidee Karsten ’13 took her English degree into the social media realm, working for the pa...

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