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Bachelor of Arts

English

Program Overview

The vision of the English Department at WJU is to impact the world through Christian literary scholarship and creative and professional writing. The English program at WJU offers several distinctives. First of all, we approach the study of literature and writing with a Christian worldview. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, and that the study of great writings throughout the ages can give us a glimpse of God’s interaction with the world that He created. Second, we offer concentrations in both creative and professional writing, because we are committed to the highest standards for Christian writers. Finally, we know that the study of literature and of writing can be, and should be, a transformative experience, and we desire that all students should grow to know themselves, others, and God more deeply through their study of English.

Although many English majors go on to be teachers, the major is also excellent preparation for other fields. Many English graduates go on to law school or to graduate work in the humanities or education. Others find satisfying careers in fields where good communication and people skills are important, such as ministry, human resources, or technical writing. And of course, many go on to become writers themselves.

Program Details

ENGL160 Introduction to Literary Studies

An introduction to the interpretation and analysis of literature, including novels, short stories, poetry, films, and plays.   Course focuses on developing an interpretation and writing a short critical analysis paper.

3 units

ENGL220 Foundations of British Literature

A survey of the foundations of British literature from ancient times through the Restoration.  Includes works from Greek, Roman, Old and Middle English, the Renaissance, and the 17th and 18th centuries.

3 units

ENGL220 Foundations of British Literature

A survey of various texts and topics in British literature from 1800 to the present, such as Romanticism, the development of the novel, revolution and industrialism in literature, and the literary representation of war.

3 units

ENGL232 American Literature 1865 to Present OR ENGL231 American Literature to 1865

ENGL232: A survey covering significant literary works in American literature from the end of the Civil War period to present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.

ENGL231: A survey covering significant literary works in American literature from its beginnings through the end of the Civil War period. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.

3 units

ENGL320 Shakespeare

Survey of many of the major works in the Shakespearean canon, including tragedies, comedies, histories, romances, and poetry.

3 units

English electives x3

3 units

ENGL320 Shakespeare

Survey of many of the major works in the Shakespearean canon, including tragedies, comedies, histories, romances, and poetry.

3 units
  • Critically analyze works of poetry, fiction, and drama from various eras of American and English literature.
  • Think and write clearly and analytically.
  • Integrate aesthetic appreciation and evaluation in a wide variety of written genres.
  • Integrate their faith and their learning in the discipline.

Concentration in Literature

  • Complete an original work of criticism.
  • Be prepared for graduate study in literature.

Concentration in creative writing

  • Complete an original work of criticism.
  • Be prepared for graduate study in literature.

Concentration in teaching

  • Be prepared for entrance into a single-subject credential program in English.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of content in the four English domains of literature and textual analysis; language, linguistics, and literacy; composition and rhetoric; and communications, speech, media, and creative performance.
  • Complete an original work of scholarship in the discipline, including research and presentation in multiple genres utilizing current technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging issues in literacy, language acquisition, and multicultural studies.
  • Interpret works in a wide variety of genres, including non-literary, visual, and technologically mediated texts, and from canonical as well as diverse sources, in their cultural contexts.

Concentration in professional writing

  • Complete an original work of professional writing.
  • Participate in a variety of contemporary professional writing endeavors.
  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Ministry
  • Human Resources
  • Technical Writing
  • Social Networking
  • Creative Writing
  • Public Relations
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Offerings

Bachelor of Arts

BA in English

Concentrations

Literature
Creative Writing
Professional Writing
Teaching

Minor

English Minor

Program Advisor

Cameron Wilson

Associate Professor, English

Faculty & Staff

Cameron Wilson

Assistant Professor, English

Portia Hopkins

Professor, English Department

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