The English major is designed to prepare students for graduate work in English, law, library science, and careers requiring strong background in the liberal arts. The major provides a general focus with opportunity to select courses reflecting particular student interests.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English will be able to:

  • describe formal features of the genres of poetry, fiction, and drama
  • demonstrate thematic and historical knowledge of Anglophone literature
  • adequately research a critical problem and document their sources
  • accurately describe the work of literary scholars, apply their methods, and reflect on these methods in the light of Christian theology
  • craft scholarly arguments, i.e., support a main claim with evidence, including analysis, and with respect to a larger context or conversation
  • demonstrate rhetorical and academic learning through critical self-reflection

Requirements total 43 hours. Up to 6 hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements.

Required Courses

Genre Courses
ENG 220Studies in Poetry3
ENG 222Studies in Fiction3
ENG 224Studies in Drama3
Required Period Courses
ENG 306Renaissance Literature3
ENG 310Romantic Literature3
Period and Author Courses
Select one of the American literature courses, plus 12 additional hours15
Classical Literature
Modern British Literature
Russian Literature
American Literature I: Puritanism Through Transcendentalism
American Literature II: Civil War Through Depression
Topics in Literature
Theory Course
This course may replace a Period and Author Course
Survey of Contemporary Critical Theory
Advanced Major Course
ENG 420Capstone Seminar in the British Novel3
Skill Course
Select two of the following:6
Business Communication
Writing for the Media I
Creative Writing
Professional Experience
ENG 444Professional Experience (Theory Course) 11-4
Total Hours40-43