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

Lower Division Requirements

ENG201 Intro to Literature
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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)

ENG201-A
Alspach, Berniece
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 189
ENG201-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

ENG213 Survey of British Literature I
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Literature of Great Britain from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG213-A
Newton, Jennifer
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS A015

ENG233 Survey of American Literature I
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American literature from the Colonial Period to 1870. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG233-A
Veltman, Laura
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 245

ENG253 Survey of World Literature I
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World literature (excluding British and American) through the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG253-A
Isaacs, David E.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B219

Upper Division Requirements

ENG313 Multicultural Literature
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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)

ENG313-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

ENG350 Rsrch & Writing in Lit/Lang
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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)

ENG350-A
Walker, Deron
09/06/2016 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM BUS 250

ENG401 Literary Theory and Criticism
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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)

ENG401-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 - BUS

ENG413 Shakespeare Studies
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Selected poems and plays are studied in their historical contexts. A variety of critical approaches are incorporated. Includes comedies, history plays, and tragedies. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

ENG413-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition
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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)

ENG463-B
Jacobs, DawnEllen
09/06/2016 TR 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM BUS 183
ENG463-A
Liu, Carla
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 191
ENG463-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM BUS
ENG463-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

ENG499 Senior Project
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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. Prerequisite: ENG 350. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

ENG499-A
Veltman, Laura
09/06/2016 W 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 263
ENG499-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

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
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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)

ENG384-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 36A1

ENG385 Writing Poetry
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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)

ENG385-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction
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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).

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing
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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)

ENG411-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/06/2016 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS 106

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing
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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)

ENG484-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing
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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)

ENG485-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS OFFC

Complete three (3) additional upper division units from the following: ENG 384, 385, 386, 411, 484, 485, FLM 301, JRN 312, THE 424