Department of Humanities
The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree offers students a broad, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education that helps create a well-rounded, well-educated graduate. Students in the Humanities are able to pursue a Washington Internship or Study Abroad. The degree also gives them the opportunity to specialize in an 18-hour primary area of interest:
Humanities majors will also choose a secondary focus to help prepare them for the job market, choosing from business, digital media arts, information systems technology, communications, math, chemistry, graphic design, among others.
Many of our students pursue prerequisites for graduate or professional programs, such as speech pathology, medical school, veterinarian school, or counseling. And our majors have gone on to work in fields like public relations, marketing, computer technology, banking, and teaching.
Whether studying social structures and political dynamics, exploring the history of peoples and cultures, interpreting literature from the classical age to the present day, or writing well-researched and creative essays, our students are encouraged to reflect thoughtfully upon life's most important issues.
The search for knowledge and pursuit of wisdom are both intellectual and spiritual, for the learning process is a growing process. Moreover, as we study the social, political, and literary developments throughout human history, we often consider the nature and the traditions of religious expression, opening ourselves to questions that challenge our minds and engage our hearts.
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Dr. Blassingame teaches classes ranging from freshman writing to American and British literature to critical theory. She is currently conducting research and writing a new book exploring the reasons for the popularity of Richard Nixon in works of fiction.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Mr. Byars has lived in the Seattle area (one year) and in Atlanta, GA, (six years), and has traveled widely throughout the United States and Western Europe.
Mr. Byars has been married to his wife, Heather, since 2000, and has a son, Liam, and a daughter, Audrey.
Dr. Carroll has worked at Lubbock Christian University since 1999 and holds degrees in American and British Literature and Latin at both the Master's and Ph.D. levels. She currently teaches freshman composition courses, sophomore world literature survey, and upper division courses in Shakespeare, world drama, literature and film, and British Literature, among others.
Dr. Hawley has spent much of his academic time with medieval and renaissance literature, especially the epic poem Beowulf, vernacular translations of the Bible, Chaucer's tales and poetry, Milton's major works, and various other religious poets. His dissertation on The Boethian Vision of Eternity in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English Translations of De Consolatione Philosophiæ includes analysis of works by King Alfred the Great, Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth I (see link below). In addition to his courses in Composition, Literature, and Technical Writing, he also enjoys studying and teaching film, particularly westerns, adaptations of novels, historical epics, and biopics—his M.A. thesis was over Scottish nationalism and Braveheart (see link below).
While at the University of Kentucky, Kenneth earned a graduate certificate in Electronic Texts, with an emphasis on Computing for Humanities, a discipline interested in addressing teaching, learning, and research in the Humanities with the tools, methods, and technologies of Computer Science. He was associated at that time with organizations and projects such as the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities, The Digital Atheneum, ARCHway, The Electronic Boethius Project, and The Student Edition of Electronic Beowulf.
His most recent scholarly work has been in collaboration with the International Boethius Society, having developed the organization's online newsletter in 2012: boethius.blogspot.com. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Hawley was named co-editor of Carmina Philosophiae: the Journal of the International Boethius Society, joining Dr. Harold Kaylor (Troy University), the founding editor of the journal. He and Professor Kaylor traveled to Sheffield, UK, in the spring of 2016 to gather and ship back to LCU a collection of rare books and scholarly volumes related to the life, work, and influence of Boethius—a remarkable library generously donated by the estate of Professor Brian S. Donaghey, a Trustee of the International Boethius Society. The books from that collection, as well as hundreds of books recently given by Professor Kaylor, are now housed in The Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies, located in the LCU Library.
Dr. Hawley teaches Composition (ENG 1301), Composition and Literature (ENG 1302), Masterpieces of Literature (ENG 2301), Writing About Literature (HON 1302), Making Connections: Literature and Life (HON 2307), Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric (ENG 3307), The Rhetoric of Design (ENG 3318), Technical Writing (ENG 3308), Christianity and Literature (ENG 4306), Comparative Literature (4314), Major British Writers to 1800 (ENG 4315), Literature and Film (ENG 4326), and Senior Seminar (HUM 4380). Kenneth and his wife Deborah have three children: William (Will), born in June of 2004; Bennett (Ben), born in March of 2006; and Coleman (Cole), born in April of 2009.
Dr. Owen's dissertation was entitled The Fourth Party and Conservative Evolution, 1880-1885. He has a love of British history and can be convinced at the drop of a hat to lead a tour of England
Shenai Alonge-Moore has spent much of her academic time with composition studies, African American and post-colonial literature, and Hebrew narrative.
Though her favorite courses to teach are freshman composition courses, she also greatly enjoys teaching African American Literature and Technical Writing.
Her other interests include the studies of race and ethnicity, rap music, and dystopian literature. In addition to teaching, she is the faculty sponsor for the Minority Student Alliance and one of the sponsors for the International
Student Association. She is married to Kevin and has one daughter, Adia.
I have been married to my wife Crystal for 8 years. We have 3 children who are animated, crazy, and beautiful.
My wife and I met at York College. We miss the green of the mid-west, but we have come to love the people we currently share our lives with.