B.A. Degree in English/Writing


The B.A. degree in English/Writing is designed to develop professional writing skills to prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Since writing well is essential in business and education, and since many graduate and professional schools demand exceptional composition skills, many students will want to combine a major or minor with other professional training.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Writing will:

  1. Think both critically and creatively.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate works of literature (from the earliest texts to current best sellers), as well as his or her own work.
  3. Demonstrate competence in various types of writing that prepares him or her for graduate school and/or a job in technical writing, editing, creative writing, journalistic writing, countless other types of professional writing.
  4. Demonstrate the awareness of the power of words and language and the responsibility that accompanies the ability to use words and language in a positive way.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for the diversities among people across the globe.
  6. Embrace and articulate personal integration of faith and learning.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

42 hours, minor required plus 6 hours of same foreign language

1. 6 hours creative writing 

  • ENGL-3523 - Creative Writing I
  • ENGL-3533 - Creative Writing II

2. 3 hours English gateway course

  • ENGL-2223 - Introduction to Writing About Literature (This course must be completed before enrolling in upper level Literature courses.)

3. 3 hours individualized writing 

  • ENGL-3813 - Individualized Writing

4. 3 hours technical writing 

  • ENGL-3493 - Technical Writing

5. 12 hours 3000/4000 level literature courses

6. 6 hours grammar and linguistics 

  • ENGL-3313 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL-3713 - Structure of the English Language

7. 6 hours journalism 

  • COMM-2113 - Writing Across Media
  • COMM-3523
  • COMM-3823 - Feature Writing
  • ENGL-4853 - SS: Writing

8. 3 hours Senior Seminar 

  • ENGL-4733 - Senior Capstone

9. 6 hours foreign language

**Students cannot use a course in a major and a minor. If a course that is required in the student’s major is also required in his or her minor, a substitute course should be chosen with the help of the student’s advisor.

Related Careers

  • Teaching (elementary school, middle school, high school and university level)
  • Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Public Libraries
  • Program Development
  • Literacy Programs

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