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In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, the English faculty seeks to maintain a curriculum that provides standard English skills, permits students to meet the requirements for professional certificates and prepares English majors for the pursuit of advanced degrees.

  • The student will demonstrate written and oral communication skills by presenting ideas in clear, coherent, correct and mature style.
  • The student will demonstrate critical thinking by identifying logical fallacies and by using inductive and deductive reasoning in essay writing and textual analysis.
  • The student will demonstrate multi- and cross-cultural understanding by engaging in cultural enrichment events and then critically relating them to the themes and concerns of the course.
  • The student will identify key literary terms, genres and movements in British, American and world literature and apply them to literary analysis.
  • The student will effectively use research methods and technology to pose questions, synthesize knowledge and create documents that meet professional standards.
  • The student will analyze and critique literary texts from a Christian perspective, thereby demonstrating an integration of faith and learning.

Students who study English are prepared for careers in the following fields:

  • Teaching (at all levels)
  • Journalism
  • Creative writing
  • Technical writing
  • Speech writing
  • Advertising
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Library
  • Public relations
  • Personal counseling
  • Web design
  • Higher education administration
  • Business administration

English is also an ideal major for writing-intensive graduate studies, such as theology and law.

The student must complete the following requirements, and also select and complete one or more of the following concentration areas (no more than three). Students may not overlap concentration requirements.

Required English (ENGL) courses (27 hours):
ENGL 283 Individualized Writing Instruction
ENGL 303 History of the English Language
ENGL 333A American Literature I (Colonial America to 1865)
ENGL 333B American Literature II (1865 to present)
ENGL 353A British Literature I (Middle Ages through the Restoration)
ENGL 353B British Literature II (1800 to the present)
ENGL 443 Research and Writing
ENGL 473 Advanced Grammar
ENGL 483 Critical Theories

CONCENTRATION AREAS: (12 HOURS)

BRITISH LITERATURE CONCENTRATION
ENGL 373A Shakespeare
ENGL 373B 17th and 18th Century British Literature
ENGL 373C 19th and 20th Century British Literature
ENGL 383 World Literature

AMERICAN LITERATURE CONCENTRATION
ENGL 343A The Religious and Romantic Age
ENGL 343B Modernist Literature
ENGL 343C Minority Literature
ENGL 383 World Literature

GENERAL LITERATURE CONCENTRATION
ENGL 383 World Literature
Three hours from the British Literature Concentration (excluding ENGL 383)
Three hours from the American Literature Concentration (excluding ENGL 383)
Three hours from either the British Literature or the American Literature Concentration (excluding ENGL 383 and any class already used in this concentration)

WRITING CONCENTRATION
COEN 323 Journalism
ENGL 403 Non-Fiction Writing
ENGL 413 Creative Writing
ENGL 433 Business Writing

SECONDARY EDUCATION CONCENTRATION
Three hours from the Writing Concentration
ENGL 343C Minority Literature
EDEN 453/5531 Teaching Language Arts and Composition in the Middle and Secondary Schools
EDEN 463/5631 Teaching Literature within the Curriculum

1 See the catalog section on Senior Permission for information on earning graduate credit for this course.

Students minoring in English must complete at least 21 hours in English, exclusive of any composition or literature courses taken to complete the general education or baccalaureate degree requirements.

The following courses, or their equivalents, are

Required English (ENGL) courses:
ENGL 333A American Literature I (Colonial America to 1865)
ENGL 333B American Literature II (1865 to present)
ENGL 353A British Literature I (Middle Ages through the Restoration)
ENGL 353B British Literature II (1800 to the present)

ENGLISH GENERAL EDUCATION SEQUENCE REQUIREMENT
The English sequence is:
ENGL 013 Intensive English
ENGL 103 English Grammar
ENGL 113 English Composition I
ENGL 123 English Composition II

All students who have not satisfied the general education and degree requirements in English are required to take the appropriate English course during their first semester as a full-time student at MBU, and to pursue the sequence, without interruption, until the English requirement has been satisfied. Regular students who are not full-time must follow this procedure by the time they have earned 12 semester hours of college credit. Students may not withdraw from any English course in the sequence. They must take these courses for a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.

The writing certificate program will help students become familiar with all types of writing, including journalism, expository, business, radio, television and creative. This is not a teaching certificate in English and does not fulfill requirements for state teacher certification.

Students must complete at least 18 hours from the following:

Required English (ENGL) courses:
ENGL 123 English Composition II
ENGL 483 Critical Theories

Elective English (ENGL) courses:
ENGL 403 Non-Fiction Writing
ENGL 413 Creative Writing
ENGL 433 Business Writing
ENGL 443 Research and Writing

Elective Communications (COEN and COMT) courses:
COEN 223/323/423 Journalism
COEN 433 Writing for Public Communications
COMT 353 Writing for Audio and Video

The student must pass each course taken as part of the writing certificate program with a grade of C or better.