The English program seeks to develop perceptive and critical thinking abilities through the study of literature and the English language and to furnish creative and researched methods of writing to express these insights. The English major is balanced with attention to literature, language and writing. Courses are taught by professors who are equipped to integrate biblical principles into the scope of literature and language study. English majors are thus prepared for graduate school and for careers in writing, publishing, editing, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and as librarians.

Course Requirements for a B.A. in English

Course Requirements for English Minor

Course Requirements for Creative Writing Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

ENG 3350 Modern American Grammar

A contemporary survey of English, covering traditional grammar, structural linguistics and transformational grammar. The course covers grammar and usage on a theoretical and explanatory basis, dealing as well in dialectology and the linguistic features of Black and Spanish-influenced English.

LIT 2140 English Literature II (1800 to present)

A continuation of the previous course, concentrating on romantic, Victorian and 20th-century British poetry, fiction and prose and supplemented by pertinent novels. 

LIT 2200 American Literature I (1600 to 1850)

A survey of the development of American literature from colonial times through revolutionist, romantic and transcendentalist prose, poetry and fiction up to the mid-19th century, augmented by select longer fictional works.

LIT 3280 Shakespeare

A study of the era, life and works of this great literary master, with a close reading and video viewing of his histories, comedies and tragedies as well as a study of his other poetic contributions.

LIT 3600 Principles of Literary Criticism

A study with intensive concentration on the various theories and schools of literary criticism such as formalism, new historicism, deconstruction, dialogism and basic textual criticism, among others. Representative readings and application to selected texts are features of the course that provide the student with precise skills in the explications of texts.