Major in English Literature and Language (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language promotes language as a window through which students can view the world and understand human values. Students will develop a sound knowledge of language and culture and an ability to use the English language effectively which will prepare them for leadership positions in government and the private sector. Students who major in English Literature and Language will:
- master the characteristics and traditions of various genres of literature;
- appreciate and understand the way in which literature has developed and how it reflects timeless aspects of the human condition, and yet is rooted in culture and history;
- demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of language as a system of communication;
- develop a basic understanding of the English language and its linguistic characteristics;
- develop a sound knowledge of language and culture and their roles in society;
- use language creatively and effectively to analyze and synthesize written material;
- develop an understanding and appreciation of the values and beliefs of cultures across the world.
The program is flexible, thus providing the optimum opportunity for the student to take courses as free electives from a variety of different disciplines and to shape the program of study to suit the student's objectives. The student should consult closely with his/her advisor in selecting courses and in considering a minor.
Graduates from the program will have a variety of possible career paths. Sound knowledge of language and culture and the ability to use the English language effectively is fundamental to most occupations. The Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature prepares students for leadership positions and professional success in:
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All students pursuing the BA in English Literature and Language must complete the following ten (10) courses:
ENG 101: Introduction to the Study of Literature (3)
ENG 201: Introduction to American Literature (3)
ENG 203: Language and Society (3)
ENG 211: Introduction to British Literature (3)
ENG 221: Introduction to African Literature (3)
ENG 301: Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
ENG 302: History of the English Language (3)
ENG 312: Phonetics and Phonology (3)
ENG 304: English Syntax I (3)
ENG 315: Introduction to World Literature in Translation (3)
In addition to courses outlined above, students are required to take a minimum of six (6) courses selected from one of the two areas of concentration (language or literature); at least three (3) of the courses must be at the 300 or 400 levels. (In order to be eligible to take a 300 level course or higher, students must have successfully completed at least one (1) ENG course at the 200 level.) Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor when selecting concentration courses to confirm that the courses will satisfy major requirements.