Bachelor of Arts in English

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The Bachelor of Arts in English provides a strong background in the study of English. The BA in English 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 credential.

BA English/MA English and BA English/MFA Creative Writing Transition Programs

Students enrolled in the BA English program who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and are within six courses of completing the BA program may register for the BA English/MA English or BA English/MFA Creative Writing transition programs. They do so by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program.

Students in the BA English/MA English transition program may take any one 600-level ENG course (excluding ENG 689 or ENG 699) as an elective within the BA English program. For students in the BA English/MA English transition program, the University will waive one MA English course taken as part of the BA degree if the grade earned is a “B” or higher.

Students in the BA ENG/MFA Creative Writing transition program may take one or two courses from among the following:

  • any 600-level ENG courses (excluding ENG 689 and ENG 699)
  • MCW, 600, MCW 610, or MCW 635 (note that MCW 635 is an eight week course and should not be taken concurrently with other courses).

For students in the BA English/MFA Creative Writing transition program, the University will waive up to two MFA Creative Writing courses taken as part of the BA degree if the grade earned is a “B” or higher.

No graduate units will be awarded; instead the University will waive the MA English or MCW course taken as part of the BA degree. However, students must still meet the residency requirements for the MA English or MFA Creative Writing programs (45 quarter units). Students must apply to and begin the MA English or MFA Creative Writing programs within six months of completing the BA English program. A complete description of Transition Program requirements can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledgeably discuss the major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
  • Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
  • Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
  • Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
  • Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation literature.
  • 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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Preparation for the Major (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Additional Preparation for Major in English with Concentration in Creative Writing (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives for English Major without Creative Writing Concentration (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)