English

Expand your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and open the door to career opportunities with an English degree.

 

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in English degree program is designed for students who want to develop critical practices in reading, writing, and thinking – which will lead to creative and humanist responses to literature, life, and intellectual endeavor. No matter what your professional goals are, an English degree can provide you with a skill set applicable to many different career paths.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our 16-week Bachelor of Arts in English program, you’ll be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. However, our English minor is available either face-to-face or online.

The Bachelor of Arts in English requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 43 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area of concentration. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

 

  • Parkville, MO
  • Parkville, MO
  • Online

B.A. MAJOR – 45 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

EN 201 Introduction to Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

EN 205 Introduction to English Studies ……………… 3 cr.

EN 231 Introduction to Language……………………… 3 cr.

EN 307 Professional Writing in English Studies …… 3 cr.

EN 315 Earlier English Literature ……………………… 3 cr.

EN 316 Later English Literature ………………………… 3 cr.

EN 317 Earlier American Literature …………………… 3 cr.

EN 318 Later American Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

EN 324 Modern British and European Literature …. 3 cr.

EN 351 Foundations of Literature ……………………… 3 cr.

EN 380 Literary Theory and Criticism ……………….. 3 cr.

EN 440 Shakespeare ………………………………………… 3 cr.

EN 490 Capstone Seminar ……………………………….. 3 cr.

Two additional courses in English (3 cr. each) …………….. 6 cr.

to be chosen from courses in the English Department

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 45 cr.

EN 201 Introduction to Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

EN 205 Introduction to English Studies ……………… 3 cr.

EN 231 Introduction to Language……………………… 3 cr.

EN 307 Professional Writing in English Studies …… 3 cr.

EN 311 Creative Writing ………………………………….. 3 cr.

EN 354 Nonfiction Prose …………………………………. 3 cr.

EN 370 History and Practice of Rhetoric ……………. 3 cr.

EN 380 Literary Theory and Criticism ……………….. 3 cr.

EN 387 Theory and Teaching of Writing ……………. 3 cr.

EN 411 Advanced Creative Writing …………………… 3 cr.

EN 490 Capstone Seminar ……………………………….. 3 cr.

Choice of American or English literature survey courses: … 6 cr.

either EN 315, Early English Literature, and EN 316, Later English Literature; or, EN 317, Early American Literature, and EN 318, Later American Literature

Choice of an advanced expository writing course …………. 3 cr.

(EN 306 a,b,c) reflecting the student’s individual interests in technical writing, business writing, or writing in/across the disciplines

One additional English (EN) course ………………………….. 3 cr.

(students are strongly encouraged to enroll in EN 384, Professional Learning Experience in English)

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 45 cr.

EN 201 Introduction to Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

EN 205 Introduction to English Studies ……………… 3 cr.

EN 231 Introduction to Language……………………… 3 cr.

EN 307 Professional Writing in English Studies …… 3 cr.

(this course fulfills the EDU 300 requirement)

EN 311 Creative Writing ………………………………….. 3 cr.

EN 315 Earlier English Literature ……………………… 3 cr.

EN 316 Later English Literature ………………………… 3 cr.

EN 317 Earlier American Literature …………………… 3 cr.

EN 318 Later American Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

EN 325 Modern Grammar ……………………………….. 3 cr.

EN 370 History and Practice of Rhetoric ……………. 3 cr.

EN 387 Theory and Teaching of Writing ……………. 3 cr.

EN 440 Shakespeare ………………………………………… 3 cr.

EN 490 Capstone Seminar or equivalent …………….. 3 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 42 cr.

*For students with a double major in English and Education, EDS 410 may serve as an equivalent for EN 490, if the student adapts and presents his/her work at the English Capstone forum, and if the student receives departmental approval.

All majors must submit a writing-sample portfolio for consideration by faculty as a graduation requirement. The portfolio contents will reflect an understanding and fulfillment of all English program objectives. Following portfolio completion, students will discuss their portfolio contents in a public presentation.

MINOR – 18 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

EN 201 Introduction to Literature …………………….. 3 cr.

200 Level Electives ………………………………………………….. 6 cr.

300 Level Electives ………………………………………………….. 9 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 18 cr.

English is about more than reading books. It’s about opening your mind.

English is one of the most versatile university degrees you can earn. As an English major or minor, you will take a range of courses based on your interests and life and career goals. The insights and broadening perspective that you gain in the English program will benefit you in your personal, professional, and civic life. You will explore literatures from different time periods and cultures; produce multiple forms and styles of writing (creative/professional/analytical); learn theoretical and critical approaches; and delve into the history of language and rhetoric. Join us in English studies and find out who you are and what you think.

Careers

Our programs will prepare you for a variety of careers or graduate degrees, including:

  • Writing (Creative, Technical, Scientific, Business)
  • Publishing and Editing
  • Communication and Journalism
  • Law
  • Government and Political Science

And future careers that prize writing, communication, and analytical thinking – which means that an English degree prepares you for all kinds of careers!

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Program Highlights

In our English classes, you might engage with literature through traditional academic essays, but you might also respond to a poem with a mixed media art piece or create a comic version of a short story. You might challenge your writing skills by composing a micro memoir. You might develop and direct a film adaptation of a literary work, or research a peer’s writing process, or plan and host a university event, or you might get a job with the resume and cover letter you develop in professional writing.


As a member in our English club, you might present your work at a national conference, edit a literary magazine, workshop your writing-in-progress, and make life-long friends!

Faculty

All Park University’s English faculty have a wide breadth of knowledge in writing, rhetoric, and literature, while individually they are experts in their respective areas of English studies. They regularly present scholarly papers at regional, national, and international conferences; they publish books, journal articles, book chapters, creative work, and book reviews; they continually revise and innovate their teaching; and they consistently win awards for their research, teaching, and service.


 

Dr. Stephen Atkinson

Associate Professor of English
steve.atkinson@park.edu

Dr. Silvia Byer

Professor of Modern Languages
silvia.byer@park.edu

Dr. Stacey Kikendall

Assistant Professor of English
stacey.kikendall@park.edu

Glenn Lester

Assistant Professor of English
glester@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.