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Bachelor of Arts

The 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, the 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 of 2000-level Introduction to Literature
  • 6 credit hours of 2000-level American Literature
  • 6 credit hours of 3000-level British Literature
  • 21 hours of English electives with a minimum of 9 credit hours in each category:
    • 9-12 credit hours of Literature Electives
    • 9-12 credit hours of Language and Composition Electives

Core English Course List

ENG2100 Introduction to Literature 3 credits 5 weeks

ENG2100 is an introduction to the basic terms and genres with emphasis on British and American works as models. This course also serves as the prerequisite to other literature courses in the English major. By exploring literature through a Christ-centered lens, students will discover new strategies to synthesize the tenets of a theistic worldview in all of their scholarly research and coursework.

ENG2260 American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a survey in American literature from the beginnings through 1865. The syllabus is therefore designed to introduce students to a variety of different writers—such as Benjamin Franklin, Catharine Sedgwick, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson—and consider how literature and culture changed from the colonial period through the early national period and the antebellum. In doing so, students will also explore the different forms popular in these periods, from sermons and autobiographies to short stories, poems, and novels.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG2280 American Literature II, 1865 to Present 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores foundational works of the period, focusing on the American literary consciousness and shifting literary strategies, against their historical and cultural backgrounds. Attention is given to canonical works, as well as works that expand that canon from 1865 to the present.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3260 British Literature I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the critical and historical approaches to the writers of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, and Milton.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3280 British Literature II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the critical and historical approaches to the writers of the long Eighteenth Century, the Romantic period, and the Victorian Age, including Pope, Swift, Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3400 Editing Essentials 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on editing written texts at three levels: for correctness (grammar, mechanics, spelling and punctuation); for precision (unity, order, coherence, emphasis); and for style (syntax, level of detail, tone, diction, voice). Students will perform close analysis of surface features of their own and professional writing, and they will complete exercises designed to strengthen their ability to edit written texts at the three levels named above.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3600 Studies in Shakespeare 3 credits 5 weeks

This course considers selected poems and plays by Shakespeare. Attention is given to canonical works by genre (comedy, tragedy, history, or romance).

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3800 Professional and Technical Writing 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on effective writing for careers in business, law, government, and ministry. Strategies for research and writing of correspondence and reports will be explored with emphasis on understanding and responding to a variety of communication tasks. Attention will be given to the rhetorical concerns of author, audience, text, and purpose as well as clear organization and a professional style.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4000 Literary Criticism 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the analysis, interpretation, and critical response to literature. Students will analyze how the formal elements of literature contribute to meaning within a Christian worldview. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive and analytical essays. Ultimately, students will learn to differentiate between various genres of literature and how literature has changed over time. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher-level literature courses.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4100 18th Century Novel 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the origins and development of the novel as a literary form through the eighteenth century.  English majors will read and consider works by a number of canonical authors and innovators of the novel over the course of the eighteenth century. In addition, students will become familiar not only with important figures in the novel’s development but also with the main novel genres produced. Students will examine criminal, realist, sentimental, and Gothic novels.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4200 History and Nature of the English Language 3 credits 5 weeks

This course considers the origin and nature of language, semantics, intercultural communication, the history of English, and current issues and trends in grammar and linguistics, with application to life, literature, and the mass media. The course also examines the structure and vocabulary of English through its major periods: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English. The course focuses on changes in sounds (phonology), in forms of words and their endings (morphology), in sentence structure (syntax), in spelling (orthography), in meanings of words (semantics), and in vocabulary (lexicon). In the course of study, some attention is also given to social and political factors affecting the language.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4400 Modern Rhetorical Theory 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introduction to modern rhetoric—the theory and practice of communication in our own times as informed by a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans but has been reinterpreted to account for the shifting contexts of modern life. This course focuses primarily upon the study of twentieth and twenty-first century rhetorical theory and theorists. Students will address a variety of topics, including rhetoric, science, and argumentation; rhetoric and meaning; dramatism; critical approaches to rhetoric; gendered rhetorical theories; non-Western rhetorical theories; rhetoric, media, and technology; postmodern approaches to rhetoric; and cultural studies. Students will also consider a variety of approaches to rhetorical criticism that influences professional and technical communication.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4800 Capstone Course (Writing for Publication) 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the practice of writing for publication in various genres and technologies. The intent is to help graduating students increase the number of opportunities they will have to publish academic and workplace manuscripts that acknowledge the distinctive requirements and expectations of each discourse community. Students will become familiar with academic journals in their field of study, prepare a developing manuscript for future publication, and provide peer reviews of colleagues’ articles. In addition, students will explore the various genres and shifting technologies employed in the area of workplace and ministry communication that use traditional forms (newspaper, periodicals, radio/TV) as well as emerging forms (corporate blogs and social media, mobile, and online methods) to reach an increasingly more sophisticated and demanding reader.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

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.