English Major

Program Description

The mission of the Humanities department is to provide students with scholarly and practical opportunities for learning about the discrete disciplines of Communications, Drama, English, the Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy. Students are also offered the opportunity to ground their undergraduate experience in an American Studies major, a History and Social Studies major, or a Liberal Studies major, as well as the Humanities Core curriculum courses. All Humanities courses seek to enact the general goal of the Humanities department to instill in the student the significance of and the means by which discrete disciplines within the Humanities interact not only with each other, but also with fields of study outside the traditional purview of the Humanities. Learning is done with a conscious awareness of how the study of the Humanities relates to a Christian worldview.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: English Major

Prerequisite: EN 200 36 credits (minimum): 18 credits in residence, 21 credits upper division. Required:

COMM 125/325 Art and Literary Journal Production 3
EN/DR 220 Introduction to Drama 3
or EN/DR 250/349 Understanding Film and its Forms 3
or EN 245/345 Urban Literature 3
or EN 215/315 Global Literature 3
EN 335 Epic Literature and Mythology 3
EN 336 Sagas, Saints, and Sonnets: Survey of Literature in English ca 700-1600 3
EN 235 Rogues and Rebels: Survey of Literature in English 1600-1815 3
EN 236 Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literature in English 1815- present 3
EN/FA/COMM 350 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction 3
or EN/FA/COMM 351 Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction 3
EN 360 Shakespeare 3
EN 370 Nature and Structure of English Language 3
EN 385 Introduction to Critical Strategies 3
EN 450 Critical and Ethical Theory for Literature and Media 3
EN 495 Senior Research 3
HUM 391/392 Humanities Internship 2-5


Teacher Licensure, Language Arts (ML and/or HS):

Students wishing to pursue teacher licensure in Language Arts may pursue such through the MAT program. Program information is available in the Teacher Education office.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of careers such as teaching, publishing, journalism, new media, literary, and research positions, and public advocacy in areas such as the arts, literacy, community service, church relations, and law.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate the aesthetic qualities of well-crafted literature in the full spectrum of genres available for literary study.
  • Create their own written analyses and evaluations of literary and critical texts, observing the conventions of academic English.
  • Apply their knowledge of literary craft to the act of creating their own literary texts in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.
  • Transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.