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The Bachelor of Arts in English provides students a foundation in British and American literature and allows students to pursue individual interests by choosing electives from a range of literature, language, and composition courses. Through exposure to diverse texts and extensive composition activity, students will gain the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school or pursue a wide range of careers.


Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
  • Evidence competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Synthesize literary terms and methods of analysis while critically reading literary texts drawn from various authors, time periods, and cultural contexts.
  • Compose academic, creative, or professional texts, which evidence an awareness of genre conventions, format and citation guidelines, stylistic expectations, and grammatical correctness.
  • Discover the relation of literature to faith and biblical truth.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR36 Hours

24 hours within the major must be at the 3000 level or above. English and Literature courses taken to meet General Education requirements do not count toward major requirements.

  • Introductory literature elective3
  • American literature surveys6
  • British literature surveys6
  • Shakespeare elective3
  • Language and literature electives15
  • Capstone course or undergraduate thesis3

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or