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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Lenae Nofziger
CIP Code 23.0101

Students major in English to read a wealth of literature and to develop competence in specific analytical and communicative skills. These skills include integrative thinking, critical and creative writing, usage of college English in both oral and written form, discernment in reading, appreciation of the human experience as illustrated in literature, and confidence in public speaking. Competence in these skills helps our students succeed in career areas such as ministry, education, business, government, publishing, and creative writing.


Graduates with a degree in English will be able to:

  1. Produce genre-appropriate, college-level writing;
  2. Analyze literature;
  3. Practice critical discourse using literary theory;
  4. Integrate the study of English and the Christian faith.

The English Major Core Requirements consist of 48 credits in specific writing, literature, theory, criticism, and culture courses. English majors are encouraged to use the elective credits to explore a broad range of interdisciplinary experiences or to achieve a minor in TESOL or another humanities field.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits

Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits

Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Core Electives: 8

Select any college-level courses

English Major: 48

Creative Writing: 6

Select 3 credits from the following:

Professional Writing: 6

Literature: 15

  • ENGL 2xx3     Survey: Literature elective 3 credits
  • ENGL 3xx3     Topics: Literature elective 3 credits
  • ENGL xxx3     Non-Western or Diverse Literature Elective 3 credits
  • ENGL 48x3    Special Topics: in Literature 3 credits
  • ENGL 3/4xx3 Topics or Special Topics: in Literature 3 credits

Language and Culture: 3

  • ENGL xxx3 CAS Trip Experience 3 credits

Upper-division English Electives: 9

  • ENGL 3/4xx3 Choice Upper-division English 9 credits
    • Students cannot use a TA Position or Writing Center to satisfy these credits, but may use an internship for up to 3 credits.


General Electives: 17

Any college-level courses

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