English (BA)

The English major equips students with writing and speaking skills, an understanding of the English language, and a depth and breadth of knowledge in the literature of the world. Students are taught to think creatively and rationally and to appreciate the beauty of the masterpieces of literature. Students are prepared to continue their study in a graduate school.

A major in English consists of thirty-six (36) semester hours of required English courses and electives.


Degree Courses

  • World Literature
  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • Mass Media
  • Writing for Media
  • Literary Criticism
  • Adolescent & Young Adult Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Composition
  • History & Usage of the English Language
  • Minority Literature

Other English Programs

English with Secondary Education Licensure

The Bachelor of Arts in English with licensure for Secondary Education requires completion of the Foundational Core and 48 semester hours in the subject matter concentration. Courses include Masterpieces of World Literature, Intro. To American Literature, Intro to British Literature, and Mass Media to name a few. The Secondary Education Licensure portion, includes 37 credit-hours of education focused courses. Some of these include: Teaching Methods, Classroom Management, Cultural Competency, Technology, and Developmental Psychology. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years. The licensure track also includes the passing of state exams, student teaching, and recommendation by Oakland City University’s School of Education.

If you are not interested in the licensure track, you can add a non-licensure Education minor to the Bachelor of Arts in English which requires 25 credit hours of professional education courses including Classroom management, Exceptional Children, Development Psychology, and English Teaching Methods. State testing and student teaching are not required since this is a non-licensure track.

The English: Secondary Education Program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Degree Courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Reading Across the Content
  • Secondary Practicum
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Classroom Management
  • Secondary Education English Methods

English (Minor)

A minor in English consists of twenty-four (24) semester hours.

    Degree Courses

    • World Literature
    • American Literature
    • Literary Criticism
    • Composition
    • Modern English Usage & Editing
    • History of the English Language

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