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BACHELOR OF ARTS | ENGLISH

Overview | English

Majoring or minoring in English at MBU prepares you to be a compelling communicator in any job and a blessing in any ministry. Whether your future holds writing magazine articles, correspondence, books, or sermons, majoring in English enhances your ability to communicate clearly. Courses expose you to enduring literary works, refine your research skills, and emphasize critical thinking and effective writing. This program is also an excellent springboard for in-depth study in graduate school.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students are able to demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students are able to do scholarly research.
  • Students are able to communicate clearly to a range of audiences in writing or in speaking.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to analyze literary works.
  • Students are able to communicate the characteristics of Western culture through interaction with American and British literature.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

English Composition 1 (3)
Music Elective (2)
Old Testament Survey (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
The Modern World (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Introduction to Humanities (3)
Minor (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Minor (3)
Computer Applications (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
English Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Composition and Literature (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Minor (3)
English Electives (6)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 1

Recent and Contemporary America (3)
Introduction to Philosophy (2)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Advanced Writing (3)
Minor (3)
English Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Oral Communication Elective (2)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Minor (3)
English Elective (3)
Open Electives (5)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Bible Elective (3)
Minor (3)
English Elective (6)
Open Elective (5)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Literature Capstone (3)
English Elective (6)
Bible Elective (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Related Majors

English Education

Related Minors

Digital Media Communications
Writing
Spanish

Potential Career Fields

Author
Copy editor
Creative writer
Teaching English as a second language
journalist
Linguistic specialist
Literacy tutor
Literature specialist
Proofreader
Publisher

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

Alumni Spotlight

Mark Zockoll (’11) 
Mark Zockoll graduated from Maranatha in 2011 with a BA in English. Mark says, “Growing up, reading and writing came far easier than other skills in school. Pursuing an undergraduate degree in English provided me with a traditional, content-based, wide open college experience.” After graduating from Maranatha, Mark walked directly into a graduate assistantship at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, where he graduated with an MA in English with a literature concentration. Mark’s high school alma-mater called him back to teach secondary English. Soon they offered Mark the job of the school administrator. “The leadership skills honed at MBU directly equipped me to bring about a rejuvenation of the school even as a youth.” More recently, Mark completed his doctorate at the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member in English and Education.

MBU Program Faculty

Nathan Huffstutler

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
Credentials
MA English, Bob Jones University
BA English, Bob Jones University

Jerry Kolwinska

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
Credentials
MS English Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MS School Administration, Maranatha Baptist University
BS Christian Education, Faith Baptist Bible College

Traci Mayes

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor
Credentials
MEd Teaching English, Bob Jones University
BS English Education, Bob Jones University

Angela Morris

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
Credentials
MS Communication, University Wisconsin-Whitewater
BS Speech Education, Maranatha Baptist University
CELTA Certification, Cambridge

Bible Core

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