Bachelor of Arts
The Department of English combines an exciting and diverse curriculum with engaging, dynamic faculty who bring expertise and creativity to the classroom. Select courses from the fields of literary and cultural studies, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and technical and professional writing. In each of the areas, you’ll learn to interpret and create texts, conduct research, and reflect on how language, literature, and discourse have an impact on how we communicate and experience the world.
What You’ll Study
The B.A. in English includes study of literature, language, creative writing, and literary and critical theory. You’ll choose courses from a variety of genres within each field including: surveys of the major writers in British, American, and World literature; classes in linguistic, composition and rhetorical, textual, and literary theory; and your choice of additional classes in going more in depth with each of the major fields of English Studies.
Sample Four Year Plan
Foundational Course (3 Credits)
- ENGL 300 Critical Conversations in English
Literature Surveys (12 Credits)
Choose four of the six literature surveys, taking at least one World, one British, and one American
- ENGL 303 British Literature I
- ENGL 304 British Literature II
- ENGL 305 American Literature I
- ENGL 306 American Literature II
- ENGL 371 Topics in World Literature: East/West Intersections
- ENGL 375 Special Topics in World and Anglophone Literature
Theory Courses (9 Credits)
Choose three of the following courses:
- ENGL 451 Introduction to the Study of Language and Modern Grammar
- ENGL 453 Development of the English Language
- ENGL 457 Form and Style in Writing
- ENGL 459 Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
- ENGL 483 Theory of Literary Criticism
Additional English Courses (24 Credits)
Choose eight upper-division courses (301-499) from a rotation of current offerings
Beyond the classroom
The English department values student writing, research, and critical thought both in and out of the classroom; it offers many opportunities for you to take your work to a professional and competitive level. From publications to prizes, the department provides you with an array of rewards for high-quality writing and research, all of which will give you a head start in the professional world.
Students writers compete for prizes and publication opportunities in the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series and the First-Year Writing Awards. Annual publications of student work include Archarios, CCU's art and literary journal, and Tempo, a bi-annual features magazine, both of which have won multiple awards at collegiate competitions. The weekly student newspaper The Chanticleer is another ongoing publication in which students can both publish their work and gain experience in editing and production.
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