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 2300 Advanced Writing Theory & Grammar 

A course for students who have mastered college-ready writing and whose academic or career objectives require professional-level writing skills. This class is designed to introduce students to theories of written communication; expand their rhetorical skills; improve the clarity, accuracy, grammar, and structure of their writing; and give them experience writing for different audiences across a variety of platforms (including digital media). In addition to extensive writing, the course involves interactive workshops where students learn to give and receive useful feedback to improve their and others’ writing.

ENG 3170 Creative Writing & Workshop

An advanced course emphasizing the process of narrative and creative writing. Clear expository writing is also stressed. The course offers a workshop approach with revision techniques and mutual criticism.

LIT 2000 Introduction to Literary Studies

This class serves as a gateway to the English major. It provides students with an intensive experience of discovering how literature makes meaning, acquaints students with the standard analytic modes of the discipline, and introduces students to literary scholarship at the college level and beyond.

LIT 2160 British Literature II (1800 to present)

A continuation of the previous course, concentrating on Romantic, Victorian, modernist, and postmodern literature. The course introduces the major political, historical, cultural, and literary influences of each period, and considers how such forces shaped individual works of literature.

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.