English


Bachelor of Arts in English

Offered face-to-face on the Parkville campus.

English majors may concentrate on either of two programs: literature or writing. Both programs encourage students to explore many facets of human nature and culture through the study of literature and to develop understanding and skillful use of language. Both concentrations help students acquire the knowledge, analytical skills and writing abilities needed by such professionals as writers, editors, teachers, business managers and lawyers.

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Park University establish a strong background in writing and analytical skills that prepare them for numerous career opportunities in a variety of fields, including:
  • Writing and creative writing for books, plays, scripts and media
  • Editing
  • Teaching
  • Management/administration

This degree requires a minimum of 122 total credit hours to graduate.


REQUIREMENTS
  • 42 hours
  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA

AVAILABILITY

Parkville, 16-Week



Degree Requirements


Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Literature Concentration Core Curriculum 42
EN 201 Introduction to Literature 3
EN 205 Introduction to English Studies 3
EN 231 Introduction to Language 3
EN 315 Earlier English Literature 3
EN 316 Later English Literature 3
EN 317 Earlier American Literature 3
EN 318 Later American Literature 3
EN 323 Literary Modernism 3
EN 351 Foundations of Literature 3
EN 380 Literary Theory and Criticism 3
EN 440 Shakespeare 3
EN 490 Capstone Seminar 3
Two additional courses in English (3 cr. each) to be chosen from courses in the English Department. 6
Total Hours 42



Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Writing Concentration Core Curriculum 42
EN 201 Introduction to Literature 3
EN 205 Introduction to English Studies 3
EN 231 Introduction to Language 3
EN 311 Creative Writing 3
EN 354 Nonfiction Prose 3
EN 370 History and Practice of Rhetoric 3
EN 380 Literary Theory and Criticism 3
EN 387 Theory and Teaching of Writing 3
EN 411 Advanced Creative Writing 3
EN 490 Capstone Seminar 3
Choice of American or English literature survey courses:
  • Either EN 315, Early English Literature, and EN316, Later English Literature;
  • Or EN 317, Early American Literature, and EN 318, Later American Literature.
6
Choice of an advanced expository writing course (EN 306 a,b,c) reflecting the student’s individual interests in technical writing, business writing, or writing in/across the disciplines. 3
One additional English (EN) course. (Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in EN 384, Professional Learning Experience in English.) 3
Total Hours 42


Senior Examinations

All majors must pass a three-hour written and a one-hour oral comprehensive examination. Language and literature concentration majors must test in three literature areas. Writing concentration majors must test in two writing areas and one literature area. This two-part comprehensive examination will be conducted by members of the English Department. The student must pass both examinations. A student who fails either or both parts must retake the failed examination in the next semester, excluding summer sessions. 

Reading List for Senior Examinations GO

**For those students wishing to teach English, see also Bachelor of Science in Education: