BA in English

The English program invites its majors 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, OCU’s English program provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
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    Display competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
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    Synthesize the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
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    Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE 49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective with Lab 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective(s)2
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    An introductory survey of literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. Development of the student’s ability to read critically and analytically and write in response to the literature.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    History Elective3
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

ENGLISH MAJOR45 HOURS

*Courses marked by an asterisk are offered online through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS).

ENGLISH15 HOURS

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    ENG2260 American Literature I *3
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    ENG2280 American Literature II *3
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    ENG3260 British Literature I *3
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    ENG3280 British Literature II *3
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    ENG4800 Capstone Course (Writing for Publication) *3

ENGLISH ELECTIVES27 HOURS

Choose 27 hours from the courses below. Six of the 27 hours may be 200-level or higher Biblical Literature (OT & NT) electives.

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    A general survey of multicultural literature, including literature written by or about minorities and literature from nonwestern countries outside the United States. Literature is examined according to its general literary value and the cultural perspective of the writer.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Examination of quality adolescent literature in the context of current issues, including censorship, multiculturalism, approaches to reading, the relation of adolescent literature to classic literature, and the integration of adolescent literature into thematic units.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite:
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    Offered as a faculty-selected topic course or a directed study. As a directed study, this course is available for students pursuing particular interests in writing, e.g. “Creative Writing,” “Research Writing,” “The Novel,” etc. May substitute for English Composition II on approval.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None Repeatable with different topics
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    Offered as a faculty-selected topic course or a directed study. As a faculty-selected topic the course fulfills the literature elective requirement in the humanities core. As an independent study, this course is available for students pursuing particular interests in literature, including specific writers, genres, time periods, or topics.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None Repeatable with different topics
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    ENG3000 Writing in the Disciplines *3
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    ENG3400 Editing Essentials *3
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    ENG3600 Studies in Shakespeare *3
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    ENG3800 Professional and/or Technical Writing *3
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    ENG4000 Literary Criticism *3
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    ENG4100 18th Century Novel *3
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    ENG4200 History and Nature of English Language *3
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    ENG4400 Modern Rhetorical Theory *3

LEADERSHIP ELECTIVE3 HOURS

Choose one of the following leadership courses:
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Management theories, principles, and philosophies, and the difference between management and leadership. This interdisciplinary course addresses the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG101

ELECTIVES26 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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