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. 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 - present)

A continuation of the previous course, concentrating on romantic, Victorian, and twentieth century British poetry, fiction, and prose of each era and supplemented by pertinent novels. 

LIT 2200 American Literature I (1600-1850)

A survey of the development of American literature from colonial times through revolutionist, romantic, and transcendentalist prose, poetry, and fiction up to mid-nineteenth 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 to provide the student with precise skills in explications of texts.