Bachelor of Arts in English

Launch Your Career in Communication and Writing with a BA in English.

The Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English program equips students with advanced strategies to interpret and understand the written and spoken word.

This broad academic field covers how the English language is spoken, written, and interpreted.

We guide students as they turn their love of reading and writing into a rewarding career.

To help students become critical readers, writers, and thinkers, the BA in English program builds competencies in knowledge acquisition, effective communication, and critical thinking, skills which employers and educational institutions desire.

Learn to further develop your unique creative attributes.

A versatile degree

Through a hands-on internship, research, and teaching experience, our graduates stand out during the hiring process. Students graduate from the Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English program prepared for a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Fine arts
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Social justice

YOU’RE INVITED

Students are encouraged to join Sigma Tau Delta, the English International Honor Society. Each year members travel to the annual conference, and many choose to present their original poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or critical writing.

YOU’RE OFF

100% of BA in English graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

YOU’RE IN

100% of graduates who elected to pursue an advanced degree were accepted into a graduate school within six months of graduation.

Explore an English Degree

Dr. Justin Ponder, associate professor of English, answers the age-old question “what can I do with a degree in English or writing?” Dr. Ponder provides examples of jobs that you can achieve with one of these degrees in addition to the skills and experiences you will gain from Marian’s program. Learn what courses are offered in addition to what activities you can participate in outside of the classroom, including The Muriel Press.

Bachelor of Arts in English Curriculum

Through the Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English program, students read literature from a diversity of cultures, contexts, and perspectives, as well as investigate literature’s role as an expression of or challenge to a society’s values. Students will also embrace a strong foundation in critical thinking while evaluating theories and practices of literary criticism. In addition, students enhance their skills in analytical and research writing, and be given the opportunity to write individual creative works.

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General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

English majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Professional Writing and Editing
  • Advanced Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature Studies
  • Argumentative and Research Writing

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective Communication: Writers will effectively organize discussion, support ideas, and use standard conventions in all learning contexts to express themselves clearly in writing.
    • Organization: Student ideas are expressed in a well-organized manner, and papers exhibit sophistication in structure, such as the capacity for making choices about organization that are informed in part by the content.
    • Support: Author ideas are very well supported through examples, quotes, statistics, etc.
    • Grammatical Conventions: Writers observe the grammatical conventions of standard written English and exhibit sophistication in diction and sentence structure.
  • Critical Thinking: Develop logical, well-supported conclusions.
    • Linking evidence (support, data, information) and conclusion (inference) by the student is clear, present, and follows logically.

Mission:

The BA in English program provides opportunities for students to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers by asking them to write in a variety of genres and to analyze literature from a diversity of cultures, contexts, and perspectives.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in English program stay one step ahead of the competition and are equipped with the essential skills that ensure success in the working world. A Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English degree prepares students for a variety of career possibilities, including positions in advertising, business, education, law, ministry, public relations, publishing, writing, and social justice work. Many graduates also go on to graduate school.

To help students become critical readers, writers, and thinkers, the BA in English program assesses knowledge acquisition, effective communication, and critical thinking in ways that are essential to the broader liberal arts education Marian University provides. The Bachelor of Arts in English program demonstrates its effectiveness in the areas of learning outcomes, quality assurance, capstone assessments, employment, graduate education, academic rigor, and teaching excellence.

  1. Learning Outcomes: In 2014-2015, students in courses offered in the Bachelor of Arts in English program demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
    Knowledge Acquisition: 93% of students met or exceeded expectations
    b. Effective Communication: 83% of students met or exceeded expectations
    c. Critical Thinking: 86% of students met or exceeded expectations
  2. Quality Assurance: The Bachelor of Arts in English program ensures common standards across multiple courses by establishing shared criteria between instructors through normed assessment.
  3. Capstone Assessments: To help students transition into their profession, the Bachelor of Arts in English program is developing and assessing major courses like Introduction to Literary Study, Advanced Study of Grammar, Internship, and the English Research Capstone.
  4. Employment: 100% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English program.
  5. Graduate Education: 100% of graduates who elected to pursue an advanced degree were accepted into a graduate school within six months of graduation from the Marian University Bachelor of Arts in English program.