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English (BA)

The power of language.

In today’s job market, employers in all industries are seeking critical and creative thinkers and effective communicators. That’s what makes English majors such attractive candidates.

This discipline is more than honing technical skills and harnessing the power of language. Studying literature through reading and analyzing texts gives you a greater understanding of the complexities of our world, past and present.

If you’re curious, want to be challenged intellectually and find the deeper meaning of things, an English degree could be right for you. You’ll be equipped to work in professional or creative writing fields, become a teacher, or prepare for graduate or law school.

It’s worth noting that ACU’s degree plan for English majors offers a generous number of elective hours, allowing you to add a second major that fits your career goals. For example, if you’re looking for a career in the media or public relations, you could also study communication. If you have sights set on law school, consider a double major in history or philosophy. Future technical writers may want to take courses in information technology. The combinations are seemingly endless.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 51 credit hours
+ Electives: 21 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Department Language and Literature
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Literary Theory and Criticism
  • American Literature Before 1900
  • Interactive Narratives
  • Film and Belief
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What can you do after graduation?

  • High School English Teacher
  • Screenwriter
  • Speech Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Author
  • Magazine Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Archivist
  • Creative Director
  • Book Publisher
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

English majors get real-world learning experiences through clubs, events and co-curriculars such as:

  • The Shinnery Review (student-produced literary magazine)
  • Open mic nights
  • Student trips to Shakespeare plays
  • Presenting at academic conferences
  • Film festival participation

About the Department of Language and Literature

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ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. The Department of Language and Literature empowers students to fulfill the "throughout the world" element of this mission, preparing them to connect with the languages, cultures and peoples of other nations.

The department serves the university by providing students with core curriculum courses in composition, literature, professional writing, French, German and Spanish.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.