Bachelor
of Arts
in English

With the versatile B.A. in English, you’ll be prepared for graduate work, for a career as a college English teacher, or for careers in technical or creative writing. You’ll also have the foundation for law school, public relations, library science, personnel work, management, government work or the dozens of other fields which require a broad reading, self expression, an understanding of human nature, and the ability to analyze and organize information. 

With the versatile B.A. in English, you’ll be prepared for graduate work, for a career as a college English teacher, or for careers in technical or creative writing. You’ll also have the foundation for law school, public relations, library science, personnel work, management, government work or the dozens of other fields which require a broad reading, self expression, an understanding of human nature, and the ability to analyze and organize information. 

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Mission

The Department of Language and Literature cultivates the effective use of language – through extensive reading and writing in English and mastery in other languages – as a powerful tool for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking in Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Program Structure

B.A. in English Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 51 credit hours + Electives: 21 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Literary Theory and Criticism

American Literature Before 1900

Interactive Narratives

Film and Belief

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Language and Literature

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1 

Regular: Feb. 1 

National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Language and stories are fundamental to how human beings understand the world and each other, and we believe that engaging the people and paradigms around us is a central aspect of our calling as individuals of faith. The Christian heritage of ACU informs our departmental mission of intellectual pursuit and rigor in an effort to be both empathetic and compassionate towards others. Our courses are geared toward helping students read, speak and think in Christ-centered ways.

With its diverse offering of programs and courses, ACU’s Department of Language and Literature prepares you to excel in the areas of close reading, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and creative writing – all of which are applicable to 21st-century careers.

Since this degree allows a considerable number of elective hours, students majoring in English can often secure a major in a second field or a minor, thus enhancing their career options.

Experiential Learning

As an English major, you’ll 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

ACU Writing Center

The ACU Writing Center offers free service to all students, faculty and staff for the discussion and improvement of writing tasks of any kind. Language and literature majors, graduate students, and other capable writers from across the university staff the center, which is located in the Learning Commons of Brown Library.

Careers

You’ll have a wide variety of career options with a bachelor’s degree in English, including:

  • High school English teacher
  • Screenwriter
  • Speech writer
  • Copywriter
  • Author
  • Magazine editor
  • Editorial assistant
  • Archivist
  • Creative director
  • Book publishing and editing