English Major (A)
The English Department of Concordia University offers core general education courses in writing and literature, along with teaching and non-teaching major and minor programs. The department's offerings emerge directly from the mission and purpose of the institution: "Concordia's programs promote intellectual development and self knowledge for the student's personal growth and well-being. They nurture religious commitment, provide insights for Christian action in the world, and facilitate the ability to communicate effectively." Coursework in English includes the study of language, literature, and expression, fosters an increased understanding of the creative process, provides insight into the moral and ethical dimensions of ideas, and, in the Christian context provided by this university, demonstrates the value of a life of intellectual curiosity. Furthermore, skills in communication and critical thinking establish the kind of educational foundation that allows English graduates to successfully pursue such professions as teaching, writing, editing, business, law, library science, and more.
The study of language, literature, and expression fosters an increased understanding of the creative process, provides insights into the moral and ethical dimensions of ideas, and, in the Christian context of Concordia, explores the value of a life of intellectual curiosity. English graduates successfully pursue such professions as teaching, editing, writing, pastoral ministry, business, library science, law, and more.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an increased understanding of the creative process,
- Analyze literary texts with insight into moral and ethical ideas,
- Recognize values of a life of intellectual curiosity,
- Demonstrate familiarity with English and American literature,
- Employ interpretive skills and critical methods,
- Communicate complex ideas through writing,
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the nature and use of language,
- Demonstrate familiarity with world and non-western literature,
- Understand and apply knowledge about literary forms.
|Required Core Courses|
|Intro to English Studies 1|
|Required Major Courses|
|ENG 305||English Grammar and Usage||3|
|ENG 365||History of the English Language||3|
|ENG 245||Advanced Writing||3|
|or ENG 246||Creative Writing|
|ENG 341||American Literature I||3|
|ENG 342||American Literature II||3|
|ENG 344||British Literature I||3|
|ENG 345||British Literature II||3|
|ENG 475||Literary Criticism||3|
|ENG 495||Senior Seminar||3|
|Select nine credits of English electives||9|
Optional but strongly preferred for English majors, satisfies core writing requirement.