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.

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively. in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
  • Display competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Synthesize the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Analyze the historical and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Apply an advanced understanding of program objectives, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

 

Elective Math, Science, or Computer Elective 2 credits

Student must complete 2 hours of electives in Mathematics, Science, or Technology.

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.  Recommended completion of LA101.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.

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MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

Humanities

Students must complete 5 hours of humanities electives via 2 of the following 3 categories: Fine Arts (including art/music appreciation courses and ensemble/band/chorale hours), History/Government, Philosophy/Ethics.

RELIGION - 18 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

This class enables students to apply the theology of a Christian Worldview to real world circumstances. Students will apply a Christian Worldview to the postmodern path to faith. They will demonstrate tolerance in dialog with persons who espouse faiths and philosophies different than their own. Additionally, special attention will be paid to self-reflection regarding the level of fidelity they maintain to their own worldviews. Many of the class assignments will require the student to work in the context of a team.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every spring.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 24 Credits

Students must complete twenty-four (24) hours of General Electives to fulfill the requirements for this program.

ENGLISH MAJOR - 36 Credits

The below listed courses, offered online through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS), may also be taken for this minor.

See the AGS catalog for course descriptions.

    EN2260 American Literature I
    EN2280 American Literature II
    EN3260 British Literature I
    EN3280 British Literature II
    EN4000 Literary Criticism
    EN4100 18th Century Novel
    EN4200 History and Nature of English Language
    EN3400 Editing Essentials
    EN3800 Professional and/or Technical Writing
    EN4400 Modern Rhetorical Writing
    EN4800 Senior Capstone Course

LA302 Introduction to Literature 3 credits

This course is an introductory survey of literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. The course emphasizes development of the student’s ability to read critically and analytically and write in response to the literature.

Offered every spring.