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BA in English
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BA in English
The Bachelor of Arts in English provides a strong background in the study of English. The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. It is an excellent preparation for careers in teaching, media, advertising, writing, and publishing; for graduate or professional studies in English, communications, or law; and for advancement in any field in which communication skills are important.
Note: Students interested in teaching English or Language Arts in middle or secondary schools should consider enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (CALIFORNIA).
- All entering undergraduate students without prior college level English and/or Math courses must take the ACCUPLACER mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to the student. Read more about Placement by Evaluation. The ACCUPLACER may be taken once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. Applicants who have not earned an Associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed fewer than 90 quarter (60 semester) units of transferable college credit must have graduated from high school, passed a high school level proficiency test or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a state Department of Education.
- Applicants who are considered first time students based on the criteria below must attend an orientation course through WES Training and Development prior to enrolling.
- Never attended a college or university
- Education experience is limited to:
- Competency based education
- College level courses completed during high school
- Advanced Placement (AP) credit
- Military service or training
- Prior learning credit (CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior, portfolio assessment, etc.)
- High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 may be admitted on probationary admission if the Committee on the Application of Standards (Committee) judges that there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies. Applicants below a 2.0 may submit a petition letter to their advisor for review by the Committee.
- Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.
- Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Preparation for the Major
- Introduction to Literature
Additional Preparation for Major in English with Concentration in Creative Writing
Choose two (2) of the following:
- Fiction Writing I
- Poetry Writing I
- Screenwriting I
Requirements for the Major
Choose any four (4) of the following five (5) survey courses:
- LIT 311 British Literature I
- British Literature II
- American Literature I
- American Literature II
- History of Literary Theory
- Contemporary Literary Theory
- Century World Literature
Any one (1) of the following three (3) courses:
- African American Literature
- U.S. Latino Literature
- Gender and Literature
- English Capstone Course
Concentration in Creative Writing
Two (2) of the following:
- Fiction Writing II
- Poetry Writing II
- Screenwriting II
- Nature Writing
One (1) of the following:
- Fiction Workshop
- Poetry Workshop
- Screenwriting Workshop
One (1) of the following:
- Contemporary Fiction
- Contemporary Poetry
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
On Campus or Online
Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.
Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Knowledgeably discuss the major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
- Apply close reading skills to analyze literary and other texts.
- Critically examine the relevance of variables of human diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality to the understanding and cultural significance of literature.
- Apply relevant cultural and historical information in the analysis of literary texts.
- Critically evaluate the assumptions and implications of major critical approaches to literature.
- Analyze the significance of genre conventions to the meanings and effects of literary works.
- Explain and defend their own criteria for evaluating works of literature.
- Collaborate with others to develop more complicated interpretations or arguments.
- Compose sophisticated written arguments about works of literature, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
Entry Level Positions
- Public relations assistant
- Management trainee
- Mass media assistant
- Publishing assistant
- Editorial assistant
Further Education/Experience Required
- Technical writer
- Journalist/research journalist
- Copy writer/editor
- Public Relations/marketing Specialist
- Public information specialist/reporter
- Community college/university Professor
Employers of English Majors
- Magazines and newspapers
- Book publishers
- Public relation/marketing firms
- Radio/TV stations
- Consulting firms
- Business and industry
- Non-profit organizations
About this institute
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