Jan 28, 2023
The Bachelor of Arts in English develops a student’s skills of analysis and expression through concentrated study of literature and both professional and creative writing. By itself or in combination with one of the suggested minor courses of study, the Bachelor of Arts in English prepares students for careers in a variety of areas as well as for graduate work in such fields as English, library science, law, divinity, and business.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete degree requirements for a B.A. in English should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the broad historical and aesthetic movements, innovations, techniques, and genres in British, American, and other English-language literature, as well as the historical, linguistic, grammatical, and social dimensions of the English language.
- Analyze, interpret, and evaluate literary works, demonstrating how they relate to essential human questions and themes.
- Write with precision and clarity, composing critical analysis essays following edited Standard English.
- Write poetry and fiction.
- Effectively present information orally and visually.
- Perform duties responsibly and competently in an internship setting requiring analysis, problem-solving, and communication.
Program assessment will be determined by:
- Assessment techniques embedded in particular classes
- Student performance in culminating internships or projects.
Major Requirements (36-39 credits)
General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)
Associated with General Core
Who is My Neighbor? Students explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)
- HUM200 Literature, Art, and the Human Credits: 3
Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts.
- HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
- HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3
How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)
- Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
- Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.
What, then, Shall We Do? Students explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)
- Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.
Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)
- One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
- One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)
- One course in Mathematics: MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
- One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4
Culture through Language (6 credits)
Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.
General Electives (42-45 credits)
Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)