english program

If you choose to pursue a B.A. in English from Georgian Court University, you’ll develop practical skills that translate seamlessly into the business world.

You’ll have the ability to write and speak well, and so much more. Enhance your critical thinking, research, analytical, and interpretation skills—not to mention your communications acumen—in this multifaceted program. Enter a wide range of career fields that can include law, teaching, writing, library, or education administration. This versatile degree, not to mention minors in English and writing or a concentration in writing, also offers you a flexible foundation to pursue graduate work.

Program

To earn a B.A. in English, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

English:

  • EN300 Gateways to Literary Study (3)
  • Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Literature (pick one):
    • EN312 Heroes, Myths & Monsters (3)
    • EN313 Medieval Literature (3)
    • EN314 Chaucer: Bawds & Churls (3)
  • Renaissance Literature (pick one):
    Note: Secondary education majors must take a semester of Shakespeare.

    • EN301 Shakespeare I: Of Kings & Lovers (3)
    • EN302 Shakespeare II: Deception & Betrayal (3)
    • EN315 Shakespeare & the Theater of Violence & Obsession (3)
  • British Literature (pick one):
    • EN316 17th-Century Literature (3)
    • EN317 18th-Century Literature (3)
    • EN318 Romantic Literature (3)
    • EN319 Victorian Literature (3)
    • EN325 Modern British Literature (3)
    • EN326 Contemporary British Literature (3)
  • American Literature (pick one):
    • EN310 American Drama (3)
    • EN321 American Renaissance (3)
    • EN322 American Realism (3)
    • EN323 Modern American Literature (3)
    • EN324 Contemporary American Literature (3)
    • EN327 Make It New: Modern American Poetry (3)
  • Multi-Ethnic Literature (pick one):
    • EN370 Pacific Crossings: Asian-American Literature (3)
    • EN375 Natives & Strangers: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (3)
    • EN376 We Are Made of Words: Native American Literature & Criticism (3)
    • EN418 African Diaspora (3)
  • Senior Seminar (both required):
    • EN429 Bookends: A Global Literature Seminar (3)
    • EN430 Senior Seminar (3)
  • Electives (15)

Writing Concentration

To complete an English major with a concentration in writing, you must successfully complete the 24 credits of required courses for the English major (listed above), plus an additional 10 to 12 credits in writing.

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • EN299 Student Practicum (1)
    • EN405 Internship (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick three):
    • EN210 Writing for the Mass Media (3)
    • EN213 News Writing & Reporting (3)
    • EN215 Creative Writing (3)
    • EN221 Argument: Rhetoric & Research (3)
    • EN222 Digital News Editing (3)
    • EN225 Topics in Writing (3)
    • EN230 Writing on the Web (3)
    • EN250 The Power of Grammar (3)
    • EN341 Public Relations Writing
    • EN416 History, Structure & Phonology of English (3)

Note: To complete the English major with a writing concentration, select 3 to 5 credits of English electives. Electives may be chosen from any of the English offerings, EN113 or higher. Students who minor in writing cannot choose the concentration in writing.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Teaching Credentials

  • Early Childhood Education (P–3) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Elementary Education (K–6) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Teacher of English (K–12) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

For required professional courses in education, please refer to the School of Education.

Expand your career opportunities by combining your current major with courses that will strengthen your critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. This program requires 18 credits.

Program

To earn a minor in English, you must successfully complete:

  • 18 credits including EN300 and two other courses at the 300 level or above taken at GCU. Only courses EN113 and higher will count toward the total number of credits required for the minor.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Promote your professional or personal aspirations with a minor in writing from GCU. Explore all types of writing, refine your writing style, and boost your communications expertise. This program requires 18 credits.

Program

To earn a minor in writing, you must successfully complete:

  • EN230/CM230 Writing on the Web (3)
  • EN250 The Power of Grammar (3)
  • Electives (pick at least four):
    • EN210/CM210 Writing for the Mass Media (3)
    • EN213/CM213 News Writing & Reporting (3)
    • EN215 Creative Writing (3)
    • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research (3)
    • EN222/CM222 Digital News Editing (3)
    • EN225 Topics in Writing (3)
    • EN299/CM299 Student Publications Practicum–Editor (1)
    • EN341/CM341 Public Relations Writing (3)
    • EN420 Special Studies (1–3) (requires advisor approval)

Note: Courses taken for the minor may not also count toward the major. At least half the required courses must be taken at GCU.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.