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Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts in English

CBU English major students choose to take a variety of stimulating courses—courses such as film studies; creative writing; children’s, young adult and multicultural literature; linguistics, and English composition. They learn from well-qualified, caring faculty members who bring a variety of interesting global perspectives in a Christian context.

CBU offers the following English majors, minors and concentrations:

  • Majors 
    • English (39)
    • Spanish (36)
  • Minors 
    • English (18)
    • Spanish (18)
    • Film Studies 
    • Creative Writing

Career Opportunities

  • Secondary education teacher
  • Journalist
  • Library scientist
  • Publisher
  • Christian missionary
  • Professional copywriter/editor
  • Author
  • ESL & TESOL teachers abroad


You can also further your education by attending graduate schools of law, medicine, business, etc. At CBU, we also offer a master's program in English that you can pursue after your undergraduate studies. Liberal studies majors may seek a concentration in English, which affords them an area of specialization within the Multiple Subjects credential.

English Undergraduate Program Student Outcomes

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Lower Division Requirements

ENG201 Intro to Lit for Majors & Minors

ENG201 Intro to Lit for Majors & Minors

An intensive study of literary terminology and the major genres of American, British, European, and multicultural literature. Focuses on critical reading and intelligent appreciation of literature, and ways of writing about literature. Majors and minors should take this introduction course during their sophomore year as soon as they successfully complete ENG 123. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG201-A A Dingman, Toni S. 01/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall
125
Fall 2016 ENG201-A A Alspach, Berniece 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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ENG213 Survey of British Literature I

ENG213 Survey of British Literature I

Literature of Great Britain from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG213-A A Newton, Jennifer 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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ENG233 Survey of American Literature I

ENG233 Survey of American Literature I

American literature from the Colonial Period to 1870. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG233-A A Veltman, Laura 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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ENG253 Survey of World Literature I

ENG253 Survey of World Literature I

World literature (excluding British and American) through the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG253-A A Isaacs, David E. 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Upper Division Requirements

ENG313 Multicultural Literature

ENG313 Multicultural Literature

The literature of women and ethnic minorities. Recommended for Liberal Studies majors. Prerequisite: ENG 123. At least one literature survey course recommended. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG313-A A Isaacs, David E. 01/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B220
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ENG350 Rsrch & Writing in Lit/Lang

ENG350 Rsrch & Writing in Lit/Lang

Introduction to research topics, methods, and materials in the field of language and literature for application in a series of scholarly papers and presentations of various types and lengths. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG350-A A Walker, Deron 09/06/2016 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA
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ENG401 Literary Theory and Criticism

ENG401 Literary Theory and Criticism

Advanced study in theories of imaginative literature and in the issues of interpreting literary texts. Prerequisites: ENG 123, 201, and at least one literature survey course are required. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG401-A A Staley, Owen D. 01/06/2016 Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex
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ENG413 Shakespeare Studies

ENG413 Shakespeare Studies

Selected poems and plays are studied in their historical contexts. A variety of critical approaches are incorporated. Includes comedies, history plays, and tragedies. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ENG 123. At least one literature survey course (ENG 213) recommended. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG413-A A Renfro, Irina 01/06/2016 Tuesday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM James Complex
376
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ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition

ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition

Linguistic theory and method. Includes the study of the five universal elements of language (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics) as well as the use of language and its variants in culture. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG463-A A Renfro, Irina 01/06/2016 Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex
245
Spring 2016 ENG463-B B Liu, Carla 01/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex
181
Fall 2016 ENG463-A A Liu, Carla 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2016 ENG463-B B Jacobs, DawnEllen 09/06/2016 Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA
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ENG499 Senior Project

ENG499 Senior Project

This three unit senior capstone project serves to assess the subject matter competence of the English major and the Single Subject Program candidate. Students will enroll for this course with the recommendation of their English program advisor and the approval of the department chair. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG499-A A Newton, Jennifer 01/06/2016 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
356
Fall 2016 ENG499-A A Dingman, Toni S. 09/06/2016 Monday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Complete three (3) additional upper division courses from the following: ENG 303, 323, 333343,345353, 354, 355, 363, 365,  399400403, 433440443460, FLM 340, 350, POL 330, THE 342

Complete six (6) units from the following: ENG 303, 333, 343, 345, 353, 354, 355, 363, 365, 399, 400, 403, 433, 434, 440, 443, 460 

Optional Concentration in Creative Writing (12 units)

ENG384 Writing Fiction

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG384-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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ENG385 Writing Poetry

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG385-A A Tronti, Jennifer 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
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ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice creative nonfiction in various forms; personal narrative, topical essay, lyric essay, memoir, etc. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Fall odd years).

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ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

Focuses on different styles or aspects of creative writing each time offered-for example, creative non-fiction, storytelling, etc. See instructor for the topic currently to be studied. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; As offered)

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ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of fiction writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published short stories and novellas, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students choose to write a novella or two substantial short stories, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG384 (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENG484-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 01/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
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ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published poems and poetry collections, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write their own poems, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG385 (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 ENG485-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Complete three (3) additional upper division units from the following: ENG 384, 385, 386, 411, 484, 485, FLM 301, JRN 312, THE 424