The Department of English embraces the integration of faith, biblical understanding, and life-long learning. 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 worldview to the study of literature.
credit hours (ba)
Developing A Christian Mind
Foundations for Excellence
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.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2301 - World Civilization I
HIST 2302 - World Civilization II
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.
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)
RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey
three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
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
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
ENGL 3302 - American Literature II
ENGL 3305 - Advanced Written Communication (S-L)
ENGL 3313 - British Literature I
ENGL 3314 - British Literature II
ENGL 4301 - Introduction to Linguistics
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.
Lower or Upper-Level
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 36 upper-level credit hours.
At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.
Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.
(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.
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