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. Thirty-six 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 as a Second Language (ESL)

All non-native speakers of English will be able to count 12 credits of ESL instruction from ENGL 151, ENGL 152, ENGL 161, and ENGL 171 toward graduation. For students pursuing the B.A. degree, the 12 credits of ESL will satisfy the foreign language requirement. For students pursuing the B.S. degree, 4 credits will satisfy the foreign language requirement and an additional 8 credits can be counted as electives.

ENGL 151English for the Non-Native Speaker: Foundations of Academic Writing3
ENGL 152English for the Non-Native Speaker: Oral Skills3
ENGL 161English for the Non-Native Speaker: Essay and Academic Writing3
ENGL 171English for the Non-Native Speaker: Writing Workshop3
Total Credits12

See course descriptions for the English Language Studies Program, under International Student Education.

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: at least two English Literature surveys (ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 253), two American Literature surveys (ENGL 281, ENGL 282, ENGL 283), and World Literature (ENGL 290).

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
As part of the regular general education requirement, students must complete:
Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing I
Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing II
World Literature
Core Requirements
In addition to the three English courses taken for general education credit, all students of English must complete 24 credits in required core courses.
Select two courses from the following:6
British Literature I
British Literature II
British Literature III
Select two courses from the following:6
American Literature I
American Literature II
Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
The following courses comprise the rest of the English core:
ENGL 360Studies in American Literature3
ENGL 370Studies in British Literature3
ENGL 390Introduction to Critical Theory3
ENGL 400Studies in Shakespeare3
Total Credits24

Concentrations

Literature

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.

Elective Requirements
Select two 300/400-level English electives6
Select two 400-level English electives6
Total Credits12

Writing

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

Concentration-Specific Requirements
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 43 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.

General Education Requirements
Introduction to Psychology
Oral Interpretation
Concentration-Specific Requirements
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 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Student teaching may be completed at the graduate level:
LEDU 450Secondary Student Teaching I6
LEDU 452Secondary Student Teaching II6
Total Credits31