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.

Note: Before taking common 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. 

  • Integrated Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Writing

B.A. in Integrated Studies Concentration (61 Credits)

Common Core (see tab below)

Core Courses:

LING 315

One upper-division LING

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

One upper-division WR

Pick one from:

LIT     204-205-206   Survey of British Literature

LIT     253-254           Survey of American Literature

Six upper-division electives from any English area (24)

*at least two from 400’s.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a broad grasp of the linguistic, literary, and rhetorical components of English as a field of study.
  2. Analyze how varied uses of the English language have contributed to American and global cultures.
  3. 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.A. Language Arts

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.

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

Common Core (see tab below)

Linguistics Concentration………………………..61

Core 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/ENG courses

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze issues in language usage, language variation, language acquisition and history of the English language, with special attention to writing, literacy and language arts.
  2. Explain and analyze structure and function in the English language system.
  3. Analyze the relationship between language and culture, society and the individual.

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

Common Core (see tab below)

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

Core 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/ENG courses

*at least two from 400’s

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.
  2. Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature.
  3. Analyze how literature relates to literary traditions and genres, culture, society and the individual.

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

Common Core (see tab below)

Core 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/ENG courses

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate applications of varied writing styles, creative and professional genres and rhetorical strategies and conventions.
  2. Demonstrate competency with invention, drafting and revision processes as both writer and critic through activities such as workshops, peer reviews and group projects.
  3. Demonstrate competency in creating text- appropriate sentences as well as in editing for syntactic and stylistic punctuation and conventions.

  • Common Core
  • Degree Plans
  • General Education (LACC) Guide
  • TEFL Certificate

English Studies Common 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 Requirements (LACC’S) General Education Guide

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

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