Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in Alabama

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Students in the English Department at Faulkner University, based in Montgomery, Alabama, can develop proficiency in the craft of written communication and a deep understanding of the human experience. The English faculty seeks to reaffirm Christian ideals through the study of great writers, reading, writing, and discussion. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English can graduate prepared to enter a master’s program or work in journalism, public relations, publishing, technical writing, or other fields. Faulkner University offers a B.A. in English degree as well as an 18-credit English minor.

About the Curriculum

The B.A. in English degree offers students the opportunity to gain expertise in the areas of composition, creative writing, literary criticism, literature, and professional writing.  Students also gain at least 100 hours of work experience through an internship in a relevant field. To graduate with a B.A. in English, students must complete 122 credit hours. Coursework for English majors includes:

Core Curriculum (50 hours)

  • Christian Literacy: 18 hours
    • Biblical Worldview I: 3 hours
    • Biblical Worldview II: 3 hours
    • Understanding Biblical Literature: 3 hours
    • Christian Ethics: 3 hours
    • Marriage and Family Relations: 3 hours
    • Christian Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Cultural Heritage Literacy: 9 hours
    • Western Tradition I: 3 hours
    • Western Tradition II: 3 hours
    • American Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Information and Communication Literacy: 9 hours
    • English Composition I: 3 hours
    • English Composition II: 3 hours
    • Choose one of the following:
      • Survey of English Literature I: 3 hours
      • Survey of American Literature I: 3 hours
      • Survey of American Literature II: 3 hours
    • Mathematical and Scientific Literacy: 7 hours
      • Finite Math (or higher): 3 hours
      • One course from Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology with companion lab: 4 hours
    • Personal and Social Literacy
      • Lifetime Fitness: 3 hours
      • Faulkner Foundations or Faulkner Foundations – Transfer: 1 hour

Social Science (3 hours)

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Macroeconomics: 3 hours
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice: 3 hours
    • Introduction to Counseling: 3 hours
    • Computers, Ethics, and Society: 3 hours
    • Information, Ethics, and Society: 3 hours
    • Introduction to American Constitutional Government: 3 hours
    • Introduction to Psychology: 3 hours
    • Introduction to Sociology: 3 hours

Foreign Language (6 hours)

  • Requires two 3-hour courses in the same language

Professional Literacy (45 hours)

  • Discipline Required Courses: 24 hours
    • Creative Writing: 3 hours
    • Advanced Composition: 3 hours
    • Technical Writing: 3 hours
    • American Writers Since 1800: 3 hours
    • British Writers Since 1800: 3 hours
    • Literary Criticism: 3 hours
    • Internship: 3 hours
    • Shakespeare Survey: 3 hours
  • Choose four of the following:
    • Young Adult Literature: 3 hours
    • Studies in the Novel: 3 hours
    • Film as Literature: 3 hours
    • Studies in English Language: 3 hours
    • World Literature: 3 hours
    • Special Topics I: 3 hours
    • Special Topics II: 3 hours
    • Special Topics III: 3 hours
    • Special Topics IV: 3 hours
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Chaucer and Medieval Studies: 3 hours
    • Christian Modernists: 3 hours
  • Choose two of the following:
    • Fiction Writing: 3 hours
    • Poetry Writing: 3 hours
    • Feature Writing: 3 hours
    • Advanced Fiction Writing: 3 hours
    • Advanced Poetry Writing: 3 hours

General Electives (12 hours)

Students who intend to pursue a graduate degree or a career in an English-related field should satisfy the electives requirement by taking as many English courses as possible. See your advisor for more information.

Learning at Faulkner University

Founded in 1942, our institution is Alabama’s premier private Christian university. Our robust academic offerings include more than 70 degree programs, seven online degree programs, and 15 graduate degree programs. Whether you enroll in one of our online programs or attend classes on campus, you’ll find a welcoming, supportive community with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Faulkner University has more than 30 student organizations and clubs, as well as several intercollegiate sports teams. Plus, all undergraduate students complete 160 hours of volunteer service — helping you get connected on campus and beyond.

Learn More about the English Department at Faulkner University

If you’re looking for an English degree program grounded in a Christian worldview, consider Faulkner University. With options for both online and in-person study at our four AL campuses, we welcome both local and remote students. Request more information or start your online application today.