English, B.A.

Mission

The English Department's mission is to inspire careful and reflective readers; train nuanced and complex thinkers; and guide clear, creative, and compelling writers. Together, we aim to appreciate the beauty and power of language, attune ourselves to the complexity of narrative worlds, and glorify God through educating ourselves and others about how language shapes our world. 

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 - 48 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 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 251ENGL 252ENGL 253), one American Literature survey (ENGL 281ENGL 282, and one Diverse Literature survey  (ENGL 283ENGL 290).

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
In addition to the English courses taken for Core Curriculum 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

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.

Concentration Courses
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 Courses
This concentration requires students to take five specialized courses in writing in addition to the English core courses.
ENGL 245Advanced Composition3
ENGL 410Studies in Specialized Writing3
ENGL 415Technical and Digital Communication3
Select 2 of the following 3 courses:6
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Total Credits15

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 48 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 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

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

English, B.A. Literature (ENLT)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123ENGL 1903
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Science (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1211KNES 1071
GNST 1021 
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513ENGL 283 or 2903
ENGL 251, 252, or 2533ENGL 3203
ENGL 281 or 2823Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253MATH 1221
 KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ENGL 3603ENGL 3703
ENGL 3133ENGL 3903
MATH 1231Literature (see Core Curriculum)13
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3 
Writing Competency Requirement 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
English Elective (300/400-level)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
English Elective (300/400-level)3English Elective (400-level)3
ENGL 440 or 4603English Elective (400-level)3
General Elective4ENGL 4953
 16 15
Total Credits 31

 English, B.A. Secondary Instruction (ENED)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123ENGL 1903
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Science (see Core Curriculum)3PSYC 200 (required Beh Sci Core Curr)3
MATH 1211MATH 1221
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513ENGL 283 or 2903
ENGL 281 or 2823ENGL 3203
ENGL 251, 252, or 2533LEDU 3303
LEDU 3013COMM 280 (required)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)13 
 18 15
Total Credits 33
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ENGL 3603ENGL 3703
ENGL 4331ENGL 3903
LEDU 3413LEDU 4253
ENGL 3133HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1231KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
ENGL 440 or 4603BBST 306, 316, or 3263
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253LEDU 4332
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3LEDU 4383
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 4953
 LEDU 4500
 LEDU 452 (Not required for graduation; may be taken at grad level.)0
 15 14
Total Credits 29

English, B.A. Writing (ENWR)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123ENGL 1903
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Science (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1211KNES 1071
GNST 1021 
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513ENGL 283 or 2903
ENGL 281 or 2823ENGL 3203
ENGL 251, 252, or 2533Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253MATH 1221
 KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ENGL 3603ENGL 3903
ENGL 3703ENGL 2453
ENGL 3133Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231General Elective4
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
ENGL 4103BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ENGL 440 or 4603ENGL 4153
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 343, 344, or 345 (Choose two)6
Literature (see Core Curriculum)13ENGL 4953
 15 18
Total Credits 33