Bachelor of Arts in English

Students in this program explore literature and language from critical, aesthetic, historical, linguistic, and national perspectives. Opportunities to study creative writing and journalism are also components of the program.

Learning Outcomes for English Majors

The B.A. in English will:

  1. Enable students to identify the major genres of literature, to recognize the features of each genre, and to explore and evaluate different approaches to literary criticism and interpretation.
  2. Introduce students to English, American, and world literary traditions so that they will learn how literature both reflects and shapes intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural life.
  3. Develop students' abilities to analyze and explicate literary texts so that they can identify themes and ideas and learn how formal literary devices affect meaning.
  4. Prepare students for graduate study, for teaching secondary school English, and for careers in the private sector or in government that require critical thinking and reading skills as well as skills in research and discourse analysis.