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BA in English

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in English prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program explores the various aspects of literature and advanced writing and enables students to develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines and a greater depth of knowledge in English.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the origins of the English language and its evolution
  • Apply the principles of composition, including rhetorical grammar and usage, critical thinking, basic principles of argumentation and the use of research methods and documentation skills
  • Recognize and identify various genres in literature
  • Identify literary devices, forms and elements
  • Identify historical and cultural characteristics of literary genres
  • Discuss critically issues of gender, class, ethnicity, culture and the individuals that are present in literature

BA in English Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: English 33
A. Required Courses 12
  • Survey of Literature I & II
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Nonwestern Literature
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. English Electives*
  • Advanced Persuasive Writing
  • African-American Literature
  • American Literary Realism
  • American Political Novel
  • American Romanticism
  • Asian Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Children’s Literature
  • Comic and Satiric Tradition
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Development of English Drama
  • Elizabethan Drama
  • English Romantic Period
  • European Literature
  • Greek Drama
  • History of English Language
  • Indian Literature
  • Latin American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature and Religion
  • Milton
  • Modern Drama
  • Mythology
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Regional Literature
  • Restoration Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Short Story
  • Social Protest Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • The Augustan Age
  • 20th Century English
  • Victorian Literature
  • Women in Literature
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other literature and advanced writing courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Students planning graduate work in literature should include period and genre courses in their area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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