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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 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
Concentrations Literature, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Writing
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 various genres of literature;
  3. Practice critical discourse using literary theory;
  4. Integrate the study of English and the Christian faith.

In addition to the above outcomes, English graduates will also be able to meet the outcomes for their specific concentration as listed below.

Literature Concentration

  • Formulate an argument using research and theory.

TESOL Concentration

  • Effectively apply contemporary TESOL theories in practice.

Writing Concentration

  • Create proficient writing that suits the rhetorical situation and/or genre.

The English Major Core Requirements consist of 42 credits in specific writing, literature, and language classes. English majors must also complete a Concentration in Writing (15 credits), Literature (15 credits), or TESOL (15 credits). To strengthen their humanities backgrounds, English majors are encouraged to take their credits of electives in such related disciplines as history, philosophy, and the arts.

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

Science and Mathematics: 7

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

Formation and Calling: 5

Core Electives: 9

Any college-level courses

English Major: 57

English Core: Writing: 18

English Core: Literature: 18

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

Foreign Language: 6

  • Biblical or Modern Language – One academic year of same language

Concentrations: 15

Select one of the following

Literature Concentration: 15

(select 15 additional literature credits from the following)

Must include two 4000-level Literature electives


for a Minor in Literature, refer to the catalog section, under Literature, Minor 

Writing Concentration: 15

(select 15 additional writing credits from the following)


for a Minor in Writing, refer to the catalog section, under Writing, Minor 

General Electives: 8

It is recommended that English majors take courses in history, philosophy, and the arts to broaden their humanities backgrounds.
It is recommended that TESOL students take COMM 3433 Intercultural Communication and SOCI 3423 Cultural Anthropology as part of their electives.

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