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Bachelor of Arts in English

Lead Faculty: Dr. John J. Miller

The Bachelor of Arts in English provides a strong background in the study of English. The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. It is an excellent preparation for careers in teaching, media, advertising, writing, and publishing; for graduate or professional studies in English, communications, or law; and for advancement in any field in which communication skills are important. Students interested in creative writing may choose the Concentration in Creative Writing.

Note: Students interested in teaching English or Language Arts in middle or secondary schools should consider enrolling in the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program or the major in English with Single Subject Teaching Credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledgeably discuss the major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
  2. Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
  3. Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
  4. Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
  5. Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
  6. Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation literature.
  7. Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.


To receive the Bachelor of Arts in English degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)

  • LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
  • Additional Preparation for Major in English with Concentration in Creative Writing (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
    Requirements for the Major (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
    Core Requisite(s):
    Upper-Division Electives for English Major without Creative Writing Concentration (8 courses; 36 quarter units)



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    Online Education

    This program is available online.

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