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Bachelor of Arts

OCU’s English program requires its majors to critically explore the aesthetic nature of literature with a genuine curiosity to uncover absolute truth, which defines a Biblical worldview. In addition, English majors will discover personal enrichment and rhetorical flexibility as they practice writing skills in various discourse forms found in public, professional, and academic contexts. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s English program provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.

Program Objectives

Upon graduating from the program, students will:

  • Develop an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
  • Evidence competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Develop abilities to understand, appreciate, and apply the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Learn to appreciate the history and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Formulate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate preparation for graduate work, teaching, workplace-related or personal communication activities.

Course Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of English courses
  • 24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above
  • 3 credit hours in Introduction to Literature
  • 6 credit hours in American Literature
  • 6 credit hours in British Literature
  • 21 hours of English electives with a minimum of 9 credit hours in each category:
    • Literature Electives – 9-12 credit hours
    • Language and Composition Electives – 9-12 credit hours

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 semester credits from an institution of higher learning accredited regionally or by ABHE.
  • Official transcript directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) on all prior work.
  • Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.