Bachelors (BA) in English

The English major offers a 36-semester-hour course of study that teaches students to read and write with attention to truthfulness, logic, rhetoric and aesthetics. Graduates pursue careers in teaching, writing, publishing and other fields that demand perceptive attention to textual detail and the ability to communicate with clarity and grace. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in English will:

  • Analyze and explain rhetorical situations
  • Critique and discuss literary scholarship
  • Apply literary theories to particular problems related to literary texts
  • Compose an imaginative creative work using appropriate literary techniques
  • Identify where their faith concerns interact with and inform their writing and thinking
  • Describe how their reading of texts informs their understanding of common human experience
  • Demonstrate a broad familiarity with important literary works in the British and American tradition and with world literatures in English
Students may select a literature or a writing focus for their senior experience. 

Major Requirements

Literature Core (24 hours)
LITR 180 Studies in Literature 3
LITR 335 Advanced Studies in American Literature 3
LITR 350 Literary Criticism 3
LITR 365 Advanced Studies in British Literature 3

Students must choose 2 of the following sequences and complete 2 courses from each sequence:
  1. LITR 236 Ancient World Literature
    LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern
    LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature
  2. LITR 326 American Literature to 1865
    LITR 327 American Literature, 1865-1914
    LITR 328 American Literature, 1914-Present
  3. LITR 376 British Literature to 1660
    LITR 377 British Literature, 1660-1830
    LITR 378 British Literature, 1830-Present
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Writing Core (9 hours)
WRIT 200 Studies in Writing 3

Students must choose two of the following courses:
 
WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism 3
WRIT 240 Technical Writing 3
WRIT 250 Creative Nonfiction 3
WRIT 330 Magazine and Feature Writing 3
WRIT 360 Writing Fiction 3
WRIT 370 Writing Poetry 3
English Senior Capstone (3 hours)
Students may select a literature or writing focus for their senior experience.
LITR 490 Senior Experience 3
WRIT 490 Senior Experience 3

Optional Concentrations (for an additional 12-18 hours)

Creative Writing (12 hours)
Students must choose four of the following courses:  
WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism 3
WRIT 250 Creative Nonfiction 3
WRIT 330 Magazine and Feature Writing 3
WRIT 360 Writing Fiction 3
WRIT 370 Writing Poetry 3
Professional Writing (18 hours)
WRIT 210 Practical Grammar and Editing 3
WRIT 310 Professional Writing 3

Students must choose four of the following courses:
 
ARTS 250 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia 3
CMCO 260 Scriptwriting for Media 3
COMM 320 Introduction to Public Relations 3
WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism 3
WRIT 240 Technical Writing 3
Teacher Preparation for Graduate Studies of English (12 hours)
Students must choose two out of the three courses listed for the Literature Sequence not previously taken for the Literature Core. 6

One additional literature course

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One additional writing course 3
Teacher Preparation for Secondary Teachers of English (14 hours)
Students must choose two out of the three courses listed for the Literature Sequence not previously taken for the Literature Core. 6

One additional literature course

3
One additional writing course 3
EDUC 250 Teaching as a Profession 2

†Electives may not include WRIT 100 English Skills, WRIT 103 Individualized English Skills, or WRIT 110 College Writing.
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