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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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120 Credit Hours

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1. Students will identify the major historical periods and key movements in American and British literature, demonstrating an understanding of the major authors, ideas, and literary techniques (including genres and subgenres) of those respective periods and movements.

2. Students will display a command of standard written English and an appreciation for its structures, nuances, and rhetorical effects.

3. Students will know and apply key literary terms and interpretive strategies, demonstrating a basic familiarity with major literary theories.

4. Students will write mature, substantive analyses of literary texts, informed by the appropriate tools of the profession.

5. Students will employ critical and creative thinking in various reading and interpretive processes.

6. Students will demonstrate the ability to read and interpret literary texts with reference to a Christian perspective

Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) - 43 Credit Hours

English majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  as set out in the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program .


English, B.A. Program - 47-50 Credit Hours

English Major - 39 Credit Hours

English Area Requirements - 18 Credit Hours

Students must take the designated number of semester hours in each of the following areas:

Area I: British and American Literature

At least 3 credits of British literature and 3 credits of American literature for a total of 6 credits in 2 of the following 3 groups.

Area II: Literary Studies in Cultural Diversity

At least 6 credits in 2 of the following 3 groups

Note: ENG 4513 - Shakespeare  may fulfill a requirement for only one area.

Area III: Studies in Literary Production and Analysis

At least 6 credits in 2 of the following 3 groups

Note: ENG 4513 - Shakespeare  may fulfill a requirement for only one area.

English Electives (3000 or 4000 level) - 12 Credit Hours

Any 3000- or 4000-level ENG courses that are not used to fulfill a specific requirement listed above may be used to fulfill the elective requirement.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours

Students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , FOR 1003 PHY 1033 , PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113  and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas: one must be a life science (biology) and the other must be a physical science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, earth science, or forensic science).  In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses (one life science and one physical science, with their associated labs).

Modern Language Requirement - 3-6 Credit Hours

English majors are required to take:

  • one intermediate modern language course (3 credit hours), OR
  • two elementary modern language courses (6 credit hours), OR
  • one elementary and one intermediate modern language course (6 credit hours).

Note: No CLEP or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. Transfer credits and other forms of credit-by-examination will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may not be approved to fulfill this requirement. English majors taking classes at PBA in French, German, or Spanish to meet the language requirement for the major should use one of those to fulfill the Global Studies requirement.

Additional Required Credit Hours - 27-30 Credit Hours

This program must include a minor or an additional major.

Sample English Degree Plan

English Degree Plan 

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