Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with an English major requires students to critically explore the aesthetic nature of literature with a genuine curiosity to uncover absolute truth, which defines a Biblical worldview. In addition, English majors will discover personal enrichment and rhetorical flexibility as they practice writing skills in various discourse forms found in public, professional, and academic contexts. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, the English major provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.

Major Objectives

Upon graduating from the major, students should be able to:

  • Develop an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
  • Evidence competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Develop abilities to understand, appreciate, and apply the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Learn to appreciate the history and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Formulate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate preparation for graduate work, teaching, workplace-related or personal communication activities.

120 Semester Credits

  • 45 credits in General Education (see General Education Requirements).
  • 39 credits in General Electives
  • 36 credits of English courses, of which:
    • 24 credits are at the 3000-level or above:
      • 3 credits of Introduction to Literature
      • 6 credits of American Literature
      • 6 credits of British Literature
    • 24 credits of English electives, with a minimum of 9 credits in each category:
      • 9-12 credits of Literature Electives
      • 9-12 credits of Language and Composition Electives


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