English, B.A.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in English is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate with an English major in one of three concentrations: Literature, Writing, or Secondary Instruction. 42 - 49 credits are required, of which 24 credits must be upper-division in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in English, students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate intellectual curiosity and devise strategies for independent inquiry (ULO 1).
  2. Display the variety of ways in which the Christian faith is in dialogue with literary and rhetorical texts (ULO 2).
  3. Analyze texts from historical, cultural, religious, and/or theoretical perspectives (ULO 1).
  4. Construct clear and persuasive arguments using textual evidence (ULO 3).
  5. Recognize the aesthetic and formal qualities of literary and rhetorical texts (ULO 1).
  6. Practice the craft of writing in a variety of genres appropriate to audience (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

International Students

All students requesting transfer of credits from countries where English is not the primary language must provide the following to be assessed by the English Department prior to approval of credits: sample writings, a course description from the University's catalog, a syllabus of the course, writings from the course and transcript. Final decision will be made by the department chair.

English Language Learners (EL)

All students for whom English is not a primary language may count 12 credits of EL coursework (any 12 credits from ENGL 011–034) toward graduation. For students pursuing the B.A. degree, the 12 credits of EL will satisfy the Core Curriculum (GE) foreign language requirement.

GPA Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" is required for credit for any course counted toward the major. Students must complete with at least a "B-" (2.67) average on all 200-level courses required for General Education Literature credit for the English core: one British Literature survey (ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 253), one American Literature survey (ENGL 281, ENGL 282, and one Diverse Literature survey  (ENGL 283ENGL 290).

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
As part of the regular Core Curriculum (GE) requirement, students must complete:
Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing I
Writing in the Disciplines
Program Courses
In addition to the English courses taken for Core Curriculum (GE) credit, all students of English must complete 30 credits in required program courses.
Required of all English Majors:
ENGL 190Introduction to English Studies3
Select one of the following:3
British Literature I
British Literature II
British Literature III
Select one of the following:3
American Literature I
American Literature II
Select one of the following:3
Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
World Literature
The following courses are required of all English Majors:
ENGL 320Studies in Grammar and Language3
ENGL 360Studies in American Literature3
ENGL 370Studies in British Literature3
ENGL 390Introduction to Critical Theory3
Select one of the following:3
Studies in Major Authors
Studies in Genre
Required of all English Majors:
ENGL 495English Capstone Course3
Total Credits30



For those wishing to focus on the study of literature, the Literature track requires at least 12 credits in upper-division English courses in addition to the English core requirements.

Concentration Courses
Select two 300/400-level English electives6
Select two 400-level English electives6
Total Credits12


For those seeking to supplement their study of literature with theoretical and vocational training in writing.

Concentration Courses
This concentration requires students to take four specialized courses in writing in addition to the English core courses.
ENGL 340Advanced Composition3
ENGL 343Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENGL 344Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENGL 410Studies in Specialized Writing3
Total Credits12

Secondary Instruction

For those interested in teaching English at the high school level, this concentration provides coursework that, combined with successfully passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), leads to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. The Secondary Instruction concentration consists of 49 credits.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Oral Interpretation
Concentration Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
ENGL 433CSET Preparation Class1
LEDU 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
Student teaching may be completed at the graduate level:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits18