English (BA)

The Department of English embraces the integration of faith and learning as a life-long experience. The department strives to equip students who major or minor in English and those who take English classes as a general studies requirement with essential knowledge and skills in language, literature, and communication.

Goals of the English Major

The Department of English desires to give its learners competencies in English studies and strives to produce graduates with the ability to apply these competencies in their chosen careers. It also strives to produce graduates who integrate their own personal faith with these competencies. The following list delineates the traits we hope our students will demonstrate:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of humanity and culture through critical reading and response to literary texts.

  • Students will possess the ability to write proficiently using a variety of approaches and rhetorical devices.

  • Students will demonstrate skills in literary interpretation.

  • Students will conduct and document scholarly research.

  • Students will understand the application of a Christian world view to the study of literature.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

Foundations for Excellence

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
One laboratory science from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

4

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

51

English Major 

36

Course requirements for a major in English include a minimum of 36 credit hours in English, including:

ENGL 1301/1401 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

ENGL 3301 - American Literature I

or

ENGL 3302 - American Literature II

ENGL 3305 - Advanced Written Communication (S-L)

ENGL 3313 - British Literature I

or

ENGL 3314 - British Literature II

ENGL 4301 - Introduction to Linguistics

or

ENGL 4319 - Introduction to Literary Theory

Plus an additional 12 upper-level credit hours in English. One of the additional courses must be at the 4000-level.

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

18

15

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

MINOR IN ENGLISH

See information about the English minor here.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

ACCELERATED DEGREES AVAILABLE

DBU also offers Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program(s) for this degree available for qualifying undergraduate students. Refer to Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Requirements for additional information.

BA in English/MED in Higher Education (Instructional Track: English)

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.