Skip to content

About English at Young Harris College

The English major is built on the same liberal arts core and allows the students to study a breadth of literature. Within the major, students also have the flexibility to choose a concentration. For example, a student may choose to focus on British literature and can take electives in this area. Further, the major’s flexibility invites students to choose a complementary minor or even another major.

Faculty Spotlight

Get to know some of the instructors who will guide you through the English program.

One of the chief joys of teaching in the English Department is witnessing young scholars blossom as they move from Introduction to Composition to upper-level courses. I relish seeing (and participating in) their growth as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

Ruth Looper
Dr. Ruth B. Looper Professor of English – Humanities

I enjoy guiding students on an intellectual journey toward freedom and self-actualization. When students are done with my classes, my hope is that they have a much better sense of who they are, what they want to do with their lives, and who they ultimately want to become.

Matthew Bruen
Dr. Matt Steven Bruen Associate Professor of English, Chair, Department of Literature and Languages –

English degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English from YHC, you’ll take 120 hours of coursework.

General Education:

31 hours


43 hours, including two PALS (Physically Active Life Skills) courses

Program courses:

46 hours

Some of our most popular english classes include:

ENGL 2220 Survey of American Literature since 1865:

This course examines representative work of American literature from 1865 to the present
Allie Killer sitting in a chair

I love the academic resources at YHC.  The faculty in the English Department are dedicated to their students.  And their kindness and brilliance are part of the reason I chose my major.

Allie Killer Class of ’25, Dawsonville, GA