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English

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts in English program explores writing from the past and the present to develop its students into eloquent and persuasive communicators. English majors will explore a wide variety of concepts through courses in literature and writing with the help of dedicated faculty.

English Major Quick Facts

The English program requires 44 credit hours of coursework specific to the major, with an additional 32 hours for the Integrative Core. The Integrative Core, Mount Union’s general education program, is designed to help students gain experience in communication, and English majors have several opportunities to join organizations related to their field:    

  • Mount Union’s Digital Writing and Oral Communication (DWOC) Studio
  • The Dynamo - Mount Union’s student-led newspaper for which English majors typically submit stories and articles
  • Calliope - Mount Union’s literary and art magazine that accepts submissions for publication including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork
  • English Society - student-led organization dedicated to sharing literature with the community through service activities and campus events
  • Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society 

Mount Union’s Department of English has also been ranked #16 in Ohio as a most focused program in College Factual’s 2018 rankings.

Curriculum

As an English major at the University of Mount Union, you will learn about authors, explore a wide variety of literature and learn the foundations of professional writing. You will read numerous pieces and gain hands-on experience by expressing yourself through your own writing.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon graduation, students who major in English will be able to: 

  • Persuasively interpret subtext and significance by connecting literary texts with relevant contexts (cultural, historical, generic, critical).
  • Demonstrate the ability to gain insight through close reading as well as the application of literary theory. 
  • Demonstrate insight into the ways that power relations shape and are shaped by literature, particularly in the case of social justice issues concerning race, gender, class, religion, and nationality.
  • Be able to trace key movements and issues in British, American, and Anglophone literary and linguistic history (including the history of literary theory) from foundational texts to current texts.
  • Clearly communicate how their research and arguments relate to existing arguments and contribute something of significance.
  • Produce focused, graceful, insightful, well-supported and documented literary criticism in written and oral form.

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