English, BA

The BA in English fosters students’ ability to respond to and produce written texts. Through composition, creative writing, and literature courses, the instructors introduce the diversity of existing worldviews, the continuity of the human experience, and an appreciation for historical, cultural, and spiritual values. Students develop communication and critical thinking skills, preparing them for graduate school or careers in a wide variety of professions, including education, journalism, technical writing, business, law, library science, and government service. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to effectively communicate using written texts for a variety of rhetorical situations.
  2. Students will be able to access and evaluate sources of information; to synthesize, analyze, and integrate the arguments of sources; and to summarize, paraphrase, quote, and document sources in accordance with the conventions of scholarly research.
  3. Students will be able to understand the historical and cultural contexts of language and literature with specific attention to human diversity.
  4. Students will be able to apply a wide range of critical theories to canonical and emerging literatures.
  5. Students will be able to articulate their personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and abilities in English in relation to the Christian story and service in God’s world.

Requirements for the BA in English

General Education Core 35 hours

(The following general education requirements are covered in the major: Global Studies and Diversity, Literature.)

Foreign Language (Required) 8 hours

Choose two semesters of the same language from GER 1214, GER 1224, GRE 1214, GRE 1224, HEB 1214, HEB 1224,  or SPA 1214, SPA 1224.

English Major 44 hours

Five hours of Vocational Courses:

IDS 2103Introduction to the Arts & Sciences

3

IDS 3001Interdisciplinary Studies and Vocation

1

IDS 4601Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

1

Six hours selected from the following Survey Courses:

ENG 2513Literature and Faith

3

ENG 3213British Literature to 1800

3

ENG 3223British Literature Since 1800

3

ENG 3313American Literature to 1865

3

ENG 3323American Literature Since 1865

3

Three hours of Theory:

ENG 3513Critical Theory and Literary Analysis

3

Three hours of Language History and Grammar:

ENG 3613Grammar and Linguistics

3

Six hours selected from the following Diversity Courses:

ENG 2713World Literature to 1650

3

ENG 2723World Literature Since 1650

3

ENG 4413Diversity in American Literature

3

Six hours selected from the following upper division Writing Courses:

ENG 3523Creative Writing

3

ENG 3533Technical Writing

3

ENG 4523Advanced Composition

3

Three hours of Capstone Project:

ENG 4533Senior Writing Project

3

OR

ENG 4873English Internship

3

Twelve hours selected from the following or any 2000 or above ENG:

RDG 3413Adolescent Literature

3

THE 4743Studies in Genre: Drama

3

Minor (Recommended) 18 hours

Electives 15-33 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120