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English, BA


The mission of the English Department at San Diego Christian (SDC) is to promote the pursuit of excellence in written communication and critical literacy while incorporating the Christian worldview.

English is an exciting discipline not only for those who love to read and write but also for those who care about social and cultural issues. The courses in the English program equip students for the professional world by providing opportunities to express and refine their viewpoints as they develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. We hope you find the information needed to make a wise decision about where to study. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to admissions or myself.

Joe Sarnowski, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of English


The English Department prepares the student for a number of possibilities after graduation including: graduate school, seminary, the mission field, teaching, business, law, journalism, media arts, and government services.

Majors in English at San Diego Christian study a curriculum with a thorough engagement in writing and literary analysis, emphasizing critical thinking and effective communication.  English is fundamental to the liberal arts curriculum and enables students to communicate effectively in all areas of coursework and in preparation for their careers.

Literature courses examine the American and British literary traditions as well as significant contributions to World and Christian literature. Students receive wide exposure to diverse critical and theoretical approaches while being challenged to construct their own interpretive positions which account for biblical principles and offer insight into the human experience.

Moreover, students are given ample opportunity to develop as writers not only in the literature coursework but also through the innovative Writing Workshop sequence.  Students may even opt to pursue the writing concentration.

Each year the Dr. Paul Ague Writing Contest is held annually and is open to all students at San Diego Christian College. Judges award first, second, and third place prizes to entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Program Details

Students have the opportunity to choose one of three concentrations:

  • Education
  • Literature
  • Writing


Joe Sarnowski, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Department Chair, English

  • B.A., University of Toledo
  • M.A., University of Toledo
  • Ph.D., University of Toledo

His monograph, The Literary Achievement of the American Poet Robert Penn Warren: His Life-Long Struggles with Morality, Myth, and Modernity is available from The Edwin Mellen Press. His work has also appeared in Papers on Language and Literature, The Kentucky Review, the Lamar Journal for the Humanities, and the Encyclopedia of American War Literature (Greenwood Press).

Debbie Haynes, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English

  • B.A., San Diego State University
  • M.A., United States International University

The Lord has blessed me by providing me teaching opportunities in China, Germany, and Guam. The majority of my teaching has been on the secondary level; however, the last seven years of teaching has been at the college level. At SDC, I have been blessed to work with students who really want to learn. That has, and continues to be, a joy for me. I love what I do. Outside of teaching, my other favorites are hiking and camping with my daughter’s family in N. California, tending my garden, walking the hills and valleys of east San Diego and learning about the local history of my hometown.

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