Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English allows students to focus on topics of personal interest while developing a broad background in English studies. All students take core classes, surveying English and American literatures and approaches to literary study. They also choose from a wide variety of elective courses in three areas (historical; writing and language studies; and genre studies, cultural studies and literary theory) and complete a capstone senior seminar. Students can participate in the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta and earn various scholarships and awards.

Competencies Upon Completion

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge/skills in three area of study: historical; writing and language; and genre studies, cultural studies and literary theory.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research tools and methods in the field of English studies.
  • Demonstrate reading skills that emphasize careful analytical and critical thought.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce literary and non-literary texts with attention to academic conventions regarding format, documentation, style, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and understand a variety of critical theories and apply these to the study of literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write, with a special emphasis on interpretive and evaluative writing about texts in a variety of critical formats.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete a long written project with the application of appropriate critical approaches, the mastery of basic literary research methods and the awareness of rhetorical context and discourse functions.