Bachelor of Arts in English Studies


Provides personalized learning opportunities leading to advanced studies or a variety of careers including teaching, writing, editing, linguistics and literature. The various programs help students develop a broad knowledge of literature, language and writing to foster analytical and critical skills. Students encounter new ideas; appreciate aesthetic and practical language; become impassioned readers, writers and thinkers; and gain perspectives in assimilating and evaluating their new experiences.

English Studies Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop basic understanding of the nature of language and of the appropriate methods for language inquiry /analysis.
  2. Develop the skills required to write persuasive, coherent explications of literary texts, to appropriately support arguments with both primary and secondary source material and to properly employ the conventions of documentation for writing effective critical essays.
  3. Develop familiarity with the key issues in writing studies.


Note: Before taking English Studies Core literature courses, students must complete the General Education writing requirement.  You are recommended to take at least one of LIT 201 or LIT 202.  A second language course is also recommended.

B.A. in Integrated Concentration (61-65 Credits)


English Studies Core (see tab below)

Required Courses:

LING 315

One upper-division LING

One lower-division or upper-division WR [above 122]

One upper-division WR


Choose one:

LIT     204-205-206   Survey of British Literature

LIT     253-254          Survey of American Literature


Six upper-division courses with a LIT, LING, or WR prefix (24)
*at least two from 400’s.


Learning Outcomes:

4.  Develop a broad grasp of the linguistic, literary, and rhetorical components of English as a field of study.

5.  Analyze how varied uses of the English language have contributed to American and global cultures.

6.  Apply theories and research methods as appropriate to analyze and produce texts for a variety of purposes.

Note: cannot be combined with a minor from any English Studies area

B.S. Language Arts (63 credits) 

*Effective as of Fall 2019


(Middle School/ High School Authorization)


Note: Complete Gen Ed writing requirement before taking LIT or WR courses. *Recommended Gen Ed Literature Course: LIT 201

The Language Arts Teacher Education Major is separate from the English Studies Major and it’s four possible Concentrations (Literature, Linguistics, Writing, and Integrated Studies). The following requirements and Learning objectives were established jointly by faculty in the College of Education and English Studies, and Communication Studies.


Required Courses:
Literature and Theory
ED 240 Young Adult Literature in Diverse Classrooms
LIT 317 Introduction to Literary Studies I
LIT 318 Introduction to Literary Studies II

Choose one:
**LIT 204 is required if no LIT 201
LIT 204 Survey of British Literature I
LIT 205 Survey of British Literature II
LIT 206 Survey of British Literature III

Choose one:
LIT 253 Survey of American Literature I
LIT 254 Survey of American Literature II

Choose one:
LIT 439 Studies in U.S. Minority Literature
LIT 443 Studies in World Literatures

Choose two:

Upper-division literature Courses

* LIT 301 highly recommended
**no courses from LIT 380-LIT 387

LING 310 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 315 Structure of English I

Choose one:
LING 312 Language and Society
LING 370 Meaning and Context
LING 450 Linguistic Analysis of Style and Genre
LING 490 History of the English Language

WR 230 Introduction to Writing Studies

Choose two:
Upper-division writing courses, at least one non-creative writing course, WR 440 recommended.

COM 342 Media Literacy

Choose one:
COM 321 Influence Through Argument
COM 325 Intercultural Communication
COM 412 The Criticism of Public Discourse
COM 422 Persuasion
COM 432 Rhetoric In the Western Tradition


Learning outcomes

  1. Apply linguistic principles, composition theory/practice and methods of literary analysis.
  2. Relate oral and written communication, literature and linguistics content to secondary-level pedagogical best practices.
  3. Analyze the rhetorical power and aesthetic potential of language.

B.A. in English / Linguistics Concentration (61 credits)


English Studies Core (see tab below)

Required Courses:

Second Language: (3 terms past placement level)

LING  312                    Language and Society

LING  315                    Structure of English

LING  350                    Linguistics in the Digital Age

LING  370                    Meaning and Context

LING 490                     History of English


Pick one from:

LIT     204-205-206    Survey of British Literature

LIT     253-254           Survey of American Literature


Three additional 400-level LING courses


Learning Outcomes

4.  Analyze issues in language usage, language variation, language acquisition and history of the English language, with special attention to writing, literacy and language arts.

5.  Explain and analyze structure and function in the English language system.

6.  Analyze the relationship between language and culture, society and the individual.

B.A. in English / Literature Concentration (61-65 credits)


English Studies Core (see tab below)

*Literature majors are recommended to take at least one of LIT 201/202 in Gen Ed


Required Courses:

Second Language: 8 credits at 100/200 level OR 4 credits at 203 or higher in chosen second language


Choose four from:

LIT 204*-205-206     Survey of British Literature

LIT 253-254            Survey of American Literature

*must include LIT 204 if not LIT 201 has been taken


LIT 301                   Shakespeare

LIT 318                   Introduction to Literary Study II


Pick one:

LIT 439                   Studies in US Minority Literature

LIT 443                   Studies in World Literatures


Four additional upper-division LIT, LING, or WR courses

*at least two from 400’s


Learning Outcomes

4.  Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.

5.  Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature.

6.  Analyze how literature relates to literary traditions and genres, culture, society and the individual.

B.A. in English / Writing Concentration (54-57 credits)


English Studies Core (see tab below)

Required Courses:

LING  315                    Structure of English

WR    300                    Technical/Workplace


Pick one from:

LIT     204-205-206    Survey of British Literature

LIT     253-254           Survey of American Literature


Five additional upper-division WR courses

Three additional upper-division WR courses or approved electives from across the curriculum


Learning Outcomes

4.  Demonstrate applications of varied writing styles, creative and professional genres and rhetorical strategies and conventions.

5.  Demonstrate competency with invention, drafting and revision processes as both writer and critic through activities such as workshops, peer reviews and group projects.

6.  Demonstrate competency in creating text- appropriate sentences as well as in editing for syntactic and stylistic punctuation and conventions.

English Studies Core

English Studies Core

*Effective Fall term 2019


LING 310 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

LIT    317 Introduction to Literary Study I (4)

WR   230 Introduction to Writing Studies (4)

ENG  498 Senior Capstone (1)

*  Recommended at least one of LIT 201 and 202

General Education (LACC) Guide

General Education Requirements (LACC’S) General Education Guide

TEFL Certificate

The TEFL Certificate program prepares undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are interested in their first international/cross-cultural English teaching position. The program is designed for students who seek experience Teaching English as a Foreign Language by providing a strong foundation in English Linguistics and training in foreign language acquisition/teaching methodologies.

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate focuses on teaching English internationally and cross-culturally primarily to young adult and adult learners. It is distinct from the College of Education ESOL/Bilingual endorsement, which is focused on K-12 school contexts in the United States.

The TEFL Certificate program requires 26-credits (six 4-credit courses plus a 2-credit practicum) and is for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students. Courses in the TEFL Certificate program may also be applied towards the English Linguistics Major, or Minor (20 credits). Students entering the program with a Baccalaureate may obtain the Certificate by completing the required courses (26 credits), and fulfilling the residency requirements of a second Bachelor’s Degree.



English Studies Department: Integrated, Linguistics, Literature, and Writing

Department Head: Dr. Lars Söderlund | 503-838-8325 | or e-mail:  | Location: BELL 309