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Bachelor in English

University of Mount Union
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Program description

Bachelor's Degree in English

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts in English program explores writing from the past and the present to develop its students into eloquent and persuasive communicators. English majors will explore a wide variety of concepts through courses in literature and writing with the help of dedicated faculty.

Admission requirements

GPA requirement: 2.5 (except for nursing, that requirement is a 3.3)

English proficiency (one of the following):

  • TOEFL: 61 iBT
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • PTE: 55

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Program content

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • True Lies: Introduction to the Literary Imagination
  • Children’s Literature
  • Literature for Adolescents
  • Careers in English and Writing
  • British Literature I
  • British Literature II
  • American Literature I
  • American Literature II
  • Global Anglophone Literature
  • Africana Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • Irish Literature and Culture
  • Literature to Film
  • Literature and Human Rights
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Gender Issues in Literature and Culture
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • History of the English Language
  • Critical Theory and Practice
  • Reading in Depth
  • Major Authors
  • Theory and Methods
  • Senior Project
  • Independent Study
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

A Mount Union education is accessible to students of all backgrounds thanks to the university's robust scholarship and grant offerings. There are several state and federal options available to assist you, as well as many Mount Union awards that are specific to your career at the university. For more information, please visit the Mount Union website. 


Upon completion of this program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Learning objectives

Upon graduation, students who major in English will be able to:

  • Persuasively interpret subtext and significance by connecting literary texts with relevant contexts (cultural, historical, generic, critical).
  • Demonstrate the ability to gain insight through close reading as well as the application of literary theory.
  • Demonstrate insight into the ways that power relations shape and are shaped by literature, particularly in the case of social justice issues concerning race, gender, class, religion, and nationality.
  • Be able to trace key movements and issues in British, American, and Anglophone literary and linguistic history (including the history of literary theory) from foundational texts to current texts.
  • Clearly communicate how their research and arguments relate to existing arguments and contribute something of significance.
  • Produce focused, graceful, insightful, well-supported and documented literary criticism in written and oral form.

Career opportunities

The English major’s focus on developing superior core skills of interpretation and communication prepares students for success in a huge range of professions. For example, apart from the well-known paths to teaching and various kinds of professional writing, the English major is also a traditional preparation for law school because of its emphasis on persuasion and the evaluation of verbal evidence. In fact, English is among a handful of majors that consistently place highest for scores on the national law school admissions test (LSAT). Given that a typical American now switches careers three or even five times, the flexible skill set of the English major is a major advantage in both traditional and emerging fields.

Common careers include:

  • Teaching English in Middle/High School
  • Teaching in Higher Education
  • Publishing and Editing
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Business

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About this institute

University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers rigorous and relevant academic programs that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s students can select from broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors. Known for its...

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Why study at University of Mount Union

Mount Union is a small institution. We are proud to offer small class sizes, all taught by professors. More than 80% of our faculty have terminal degrees in their fields of study. This gives our students a chance to research and learn alongside our talented faculty in their academic fields. We are proud that 98% of our students find jobs in less than 3 months after graduating with their Mount Union degree!

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University of Mount Union

1972 Clark Avenue
44601 Alliance Ohio
United States of America

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