Degree Overview

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

1st Year

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

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Majors

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 additional certification and licenses.

Clater English Writing TM 07

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. Though such may not be valued as highly today as the "job-certified" degrees, I found deep enjoyment in the conversations of the literature classrooms. My professors knew me, students with similar values sat around me, and classics were torn apart which best exemplified human nature and skilled rhetoric." 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. "Looking back, I value most the ability I acquired to convey a Christian's academic response in discussions of the secular." 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

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Nathan Huffstutler - Faculty

Nathan Huffstutler

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor


MA English, Bob Jones University

BA English, Bob Jones University

Traci Mayes - Faculty

Traci Mayes

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor


MEd Teaching English, Bob Jones University

BS English Education, Bob Jones University

Jerry Kolwinska - Faculty

Jerry Kolwinska

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor


MS English Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

MS School Administration, Maranatha Baptist University

BS Christian Education, Faith Baptist Bible College



Angela Morris | Faculty

Angela Morris

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor


MS Communication, University Wisconsin-Whitewater

BS Speech Education, Maranatha Baptist University

CELTA Certification, Cambridge

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