English

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

The English program nurtures students’ creative, critical, and analytical abilities with regard to poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction. In so doing, the program develops students’ appreciation of writing as an art form, providing the opportunity to explore and examine the full range of human experience. The objectives of the program leading to a Bachelor of Arts with an English major are to prepare students for graduate or professional studies and careers that demand a sound background in literary studies, analytic reading, and writing skills.

The English program supports the English Club, which focuses on social and community service activities; a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society; and the University literary magazine, Aulama, published annually.

Areas of concentration:

Writing

The writing concentration provides students with the study and practice of various forms of written expression and practical publishing experiences.

Literature and Criticism

The Literature and Criticism concentration emphasizes a historical knowledge of western literary history as well as familiarity with diverse interpretive approaches.

Teaching

Drawing upon literature and writing coursework, the Teaching concentration prepares students, in part, for a career in English education at the secondary level. In addition, the recommended courses offered for this section assist the students in preparing for the English Language, Literature, and Composition component of the PRAXIS exam.

B.A. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in writing through an analytical literary research paper;
  2. Proficiency in creative writing through an original production of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction;
  3. The ability to define various literary critical approaches and apply them to given texts;
  4. The ability to define, identify and articulate major movements/periods in British and American literature; and
  5. The ability to critically analyze significant authors, texts, and issues in British and American Literature.
Degree Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements

  •  EN 102 and any EN 200 level courses.
    All requirements must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. 

Major Requirements

  • EN 314   Backgrounds in American Literature (3 credits)
  • EN 315   Backgrounds in British Literature (3 credits)
  • EN 499   Senior Seminar* (3 credits)*The Senior Seminar or capstone course is for majors only, and will be taken after the student has completed 15 credits in the major and achieved senior standing.

Major Program of Study

Writing

Choose one or two of the following 300 level writing and publication courses:

  • EN 302   Creative Writing: Fiction (3 credits)
  • EN 303   Creative Writing: Poetry (3 credits)
  • EN 362   Advanced Expository Writing (3 credits)
  • EN 371   Publications Workshop (3 credits)

Choose any three or four 400 level courses.

Literature and Criticism

Choose one or two of the following 300 level courses:

  • EN 305   Multicultural Literature (3 credits)
  • EN 319   Studies in Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • EN 380   Special Topics (3 credits)

Choose any three or four 400 level courses.

Teaching

Choose one or two of the following 300 level courses:

  • EN 305   Multicultural Literature (3 credits)
  • EN 319   Studies in Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • EN 380   Special Topics (3 credits)

Choose any three or four 400 level courses.

Minor Program of Study

The Minor in English invests students with critical and analytical skills that complement and encourage their creativity. The minor also promotes interdisciplinary studies in conjunction with history, education, criminal justice, communication and the sciences.

English Minor

  • Pre-minor requirements: EN 102 and any EN 200 level courses. All requirements must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Minor requirements: EN 314 and EN 315
  • Major Electives: One 300 level course (three credits) and one 400 level course (three credits).

B.A. Curriculum (PACE)

Learning Outcomes

The English Program nurtures students’ creative, critical, and analytical abilities with regard to poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction. In so doing, the program develops students’ appreciation of writing as an art form, providing the opportunity to explore and examine the full range of human experience. Students graduating from the undergraduate English program should be prepared to continue in graduate studies or professional careers that demand a sound background in literary studies, analytic reading, and writing skills.

Students may choose an area of specialization: Writing or Literature & Criticism are offered as primary avenues of study or concentrations. Specialization in any one of these areas is not required to graduate in the major, although highly recommended.

Degree Requirements

Required Coursework
Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.

General Education Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements 

  • EN 102 Expository Writing
  • Any 200-level English Course

Major Requirements 

  • EN 314 Backgrounds in American Literature
  • EN 315 Backgrounds in English Literature
  • EN 499 Senior SeminarMajor Specialization ElectivesFor additional degree requirements, please consult with your advisor.

Careers

Careers

There are many career opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in English because the skills gained in this area of study are valuable in most workplaces. Employers are always looking for people who can think critically, reason, analyze and interpret data, and communicate those results clearly.

Students who receive a degree in English may consider a career in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Professional Writing
  • Business
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Theater
  • Marketing
  • The Ministry
  • and Graduate Study.