B.A. in English

APU English majors learn thinking, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that benefit them in all personal and professional endeavors.

45-70 units

Students can choose to pursue a traditional B.A. in English, or a B.A. in English with an English Education concentration (see tables below). Learn more about APU’s English major.

Requirements

Traditional English Major

Literary Critical Strategies Requirement3
Literary Critical Strategies F/S
Literary History Requirement9
Select three of the following:
English Literature to 1789 1, F
English Literature Since 1789 1, S
American Literature to 1865 1, F
American Literature Since 1865 1, S
American Novel EF
British Novel OF
Global, Ethnic, and Identity Literatures6
Select two of the following:
World Literature to the Renaissance 1, F
World Literature Since the Renaissance 1, S
Core Texts in Literature 1
American Ethnic Literature 2, OF
African American Literature EF
Women Writers EF
Contemporary Global Writers 3, ES
Writing Requirement3
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing: Fiction S
Creative Writing: Poetry S
Creative Writing: Drama and Film S
Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction F
Technical and Professional Writing OF
Freelance Magazine Article Writing ES
Composition and Linguistics Requirement3
Select one of the following:
Principles of Language F/S
Approaches to Grammar F
American English Language History ES
Writing 3: Advanced Composition 4, F/S
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language EF
Intensive Seminar Requirement3
Select one of the following:
Contemporary Literary Criticism S
Literary Movements S
Significant Authors F
Literary Topics F
Integrative and Applied Learning3
Select one of the following:
Writing Internship 5, F/S
English and the Professions 5, F/S
English Electives15
Select an additional 15 units of ENGL courses numbered 300 and above. English majors must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses credited toward their major.
Total Units45

English Major: English Education Concentration

All English education concentration students must complete the lower-division and upper-division core requirements below, as well as all requirements for the concentration. They also must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses credited toward their major. For admission to the APU teaching credential program, English education concentration students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0. NOTE: Appropriate substitutions or transfer credits for the English Education concentration must be approved by the department chair. This is a CCTC-approved program that waives the English CSET exam.

Lower-Division Core Courses21
Literary Critical Strategies F/S
English Literature to 1789 1, F
English Literature Since 1789 1, S
American Literature Since 1865 1, S
World Literature to the Renaissance 1, F
World Literature Since the Renaissance 1, S
American Literature to 1865 1, F
Upper-Division Core Courses9
Principles of Language F/S
Select one of the following:
Creative Writing: Fiction S
Creative Writing: Poetry S
Creative Writing: Drama and Film S
Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction F
Select one of the following:
Literary Movements S
Significant Authors F
Literary Topics F
English Education Courses24
Shakespeare 1, F
Approaches to Grammar F
American English Language History ES
Writing 3: Advanced Composition 2, F/S
Adolescent Literature S
Select one of the following:
American Ethnic Literature 3, OF
African American Literature EF
Women Writers EF
Contemporary Global Writers 4, ES
Contemporary Writers 1
Children's Literature F/S
Select one of the following:
Freelance Magazine Article Writing ES
News Writing and Reporting
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Acting
Introduction to Theater 5
Theater Education, K-12
Additional Requirements
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 63
POLI 150American Government 7, 83
or HIST 151 United States History to 1877
In addition, students must complete field experience by taking:
EDLS 405Diversity in the Classroom 33
EDLS 200Introduction to Teaching as a Profession K-12 74
or EDLS 202 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (7-12)
EDLS 495Foundations of Education Capstone 93
Total Units70
F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Writing: Write with effective and appropriate focus, development, and voice.
  2. Literary Knowledge: Demonstrate critical thinking in a way that proposes and persuasively develops an argument about one or more literary texts.
  3. Theory: Thoughtfully incorporate literary, rhetorical, linguistic and/or pedagogical theory in their writing.
  4. Faith Integration: Articulate Christian perspectives on faith and life.