Oct 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

English, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 122 semester credits
Faculty Lead Jeremiah Webster
CIP Code 23.0101

The English Department invites students to furnish their minds with beauty. English majors participate in the soul-building experience of reading widely, thinking deeply, and writing both creatively and critically. In English courses at Northwest University, students study texts that have shaped Western culture as well as texts that challenge that culture—and they add their voices to this conversation.

Graduates from NU’s English program land teaching jobs at all levels both in the U.S. and abroad; publish poems, essays, and fiction; earn graduate degrees from top programs; serve as pastors and missionaries; and work for high tech companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Google. 


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 or rhetorical theory.
  4. Evaluate texts according to grammatical and structural conventions suited to the rhetorical situation.
  5. Integrate the study of English and the Christian faith.

The English Major Core Requirements consist of 49 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: 57

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), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), 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: 3

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 57 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 44-56 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

English Major: 49

Creative Writing: 6

Professional Writing: 7

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

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: 16

Any college-level courses

Total: 122 Semester Credits

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