Bachelor of Arts — English: Literary and Cultural Studies

Pursue Your Passion with an English Degree from MACU

The B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies focuses on American, English and world literature, and literary criticism. It also includes specialized literature and upper division courses in writing. This synthesis of courses build your knowledge of world literature, its impact on the development of culture and its reflection of cultural values. You'll also gain effective research, writing and communication skills, positioning you for success in the global marketplace. 

 

What Will You Learn in Our English and Cultural Studies Degree Program?

In the course of your diverse degree, you will learn everything from the history of the English language, study famous writers, establish a firm foundation of modern grammar and writing form, and sharpen your evaluation and critique skills. The job opportunities for an English studies graduate are as exciting and varied as the types of literature you will learn from in your courses, and include: 

  • Blogger
  • Editor
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Professional Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Social Media Manager
  • Technical Writer

Why Choose MACU?

From our accredited programs to our cost-effective programs and flexible payment plans, MACU is dedicated to making a high quality education possible for everyone. With Christ at the center of all of our courses, we proudly weave practical Christian principles into all of our classes. Combined with our small class sizes, caring professors and staff members, vibrant student life and opportunities for both commuters and resident students to get involved, we proudly offer a truly unique student experience. 

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Courses

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ENGL2103 British Literature Survey I
This course is a study of English literature from the old English period to the restoration and 18th century with an emphasis on literary analysis, literary theory, and the relationship of literature and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
ENGL2203 British Literature Survey II
This course is a study of English literature from the Romantic period to the present with an emphasis on and the relationship between literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL2403 World Literature Survey: The Renaissance to the Modern Era
This course is a study of both western and nonwestern literature from 1650 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered every spring semester.
ENGL2503 American Literature Survey: Before 1865
This course is a study of American literature from the pre-colonial era to 1865 with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL2603 American Literature Survey: Since 1865
This course is a study of American literature from 1865 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, literary theory, and the relationship of between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
ENGL3503 Advanced Composition
This course is a study of practice, theory, research, and assessment of writing strategies with emphasis on style, editing, the range of print and non-print text, and the relationship between text and the social environment. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
ENGL3513 Major Figures: Founders of Science Fiction
This course provides in-depth study of specific authors and their associated literary movements. Content will vary but will emphasize major authors and their works organized around a theme or era. Prerequisites: Junior standing or special permission. Offered every fall semester.
ENGL3523 Special Topics: Espionage Fiction and Film
This course is designed to address topics of special interest in the language arts content field. Topics will vary according to student interest and/or curriculum improvement needs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or special permission. Offered every spring semester.
ENGL3543 Studies in Poetry
This course provides intensive study of the works of selected poets. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL3703 Creative Writing
This course provides instruction in the scope of the creative experience in language arts with an emphasis on writing short stories, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL3713 Ethnic American Literature
This course studies the literature of American ethnic groups, particularly African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans and may include works by peoples identified with other societal groups. Various genres as written by these groups will be studied. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
ENGL3723 Nobel Prize Winning Author
This course will be a study a study of Nobel Prize-Winning authors and their works. Particular attention will be given to their literary contributions, personal backgrounds, the historical contexts that engendered their writing. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
ENGL3733 Native American Literature
A study of Native American literature including the oral tradition, storytelling and mythology, focusing on selections by contemporary writers. The class will emphasize works by Native American writers and works associated with Oklahoma and by Oklahoma by Native American nations. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL3923 Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
A study of the relationship between literature and culture. The course will survey a variety of texts such as memoir, folk writing, and traditional fictive genres as they relate to culture. Analysis and contextualization of contemporary media such as film, television, music and hypertexts will also be included. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
ENGL4143 Women in Literature
This course offers focused study on literature written by women from one or several literary periods. The approach will be thematic, regional, historical, etc. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
ENGL4203 Modern Grammar
This course is a study of semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, and grammars of the English language with emphasis on the role of cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103, ENGL 1203, and six (6) hours of literature. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
ENGL4303 Shakespeare
This is a study of a selection of Shakespearean tragedies and a tragicomedy comedies, and histories with emphasis on literary analysis and the moral and spiritual value of the works. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
ENGL4313 Life and Teachings of C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis is widely recognized as not only one of the 20th century’s greatest Christian thinkers and apologists, but also as a man of immense literary talent. This course will seek to explore the thoughts and ideas of Lewis and the impact of his writings through study of both his fiction and nonfiction works. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4333 The Fiction Works of C.S. Lewis
In his body of work, C.S. Lewis created many works of fictions that incorporate orthodox Christian themes which he believed could best be understood through the avenue of fictions. His fictional works include children’s literature, poetry, science fictions, and mythology. This course will examine Lewis’ fictional works as a part of his Christian oeuvre. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
ENGL4503 History of the English Language
This course is a study of the development of the English language, stressing changes in phonology, morphology, vocabulary, syntax, and orthography of Old, Middle, and Modern English. Authors and works important to the history and development of the English language will also be studied. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103, ENGL 1203, and six (6) hours of literature. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4523 Young Adult Literature
This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis this course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis of works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems, and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4533 Critical Approach to Literature
This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis this course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis of works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems, and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4543 Language and Popular Culture
This course concentrates on the complexities of teaching the English language to both first language and second language learners with focus on the interrelationship of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking; visual forms of language; the many varieties of the English language; the impact of cultural and societal events on language; the impact of language on teachers, students and curriculum design; language and self-image; and research and professional issues in this area. Prerequisite: ENGL 4203. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4653 Capstone Research
A culminating research project for the English: Literary and Cultural Studies major. In consultation with English faculty, the student will complete a research project exploring literary and cultural studies in an aspect specific to the student’s interests and goals. To be taken during the student’s final semester of enrollment. Offered on demand.
ENGL4803 Form and Genre in Literature
A firm grasp of how to examine the formal and generic qualities of literary works provides an important foundation for close reading skills and thorough critical analysis of texts. This course explores such qualities in fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and media, and examines how aesthetic choices impact the processes of meaning-making an dinterpretation. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered Fall semester: odd numbered years.
ENGL4993 Honor Studies
Honor Studies in English are open only to students who have demonstrated initiative and capability in individual study and research. The course is designed to give students opportunity to do advanced work in an area of particular interest to them under the supervision of a selected member of the faculty. The offering of the course and its format must be approved by the instructor. All work must be completed within one regular semester or one summer. Prerequisites: Ninety (90) hours and approval of instructor and school chair. Offered on demand.
HUMN2113 The African-American Experience
This course is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the major contours of African-American history, literature, and arts. Temporally, it covers the introduction of Africans to America as slaves through the civil rights movement. The class seeks to include contributions to the subject from the areas of history, sociology, literature, and the arts. Offered on demand.
HUMN3303 World Religions in America
This course focuses on the world’s major religions – Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism within an American context. Utilizing a comparative religions approach, and will seek to provide an intellectual and experiential understanding of these faiths’ theology and worship. Of special interest will be the adaptation of these religions to an American setting as well as American cultural interactions with these faiths.
HUMN4413 The Hispanic-American Experience
This course is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the major contours of Hispanic-American history, literature, and arts. Temporally, it begins with the Spanish conquest of North America through the recent explosion of the Hispanic population in the United States. The class seeks to include contributions to the subject from the areas of history, sociology, literature, and the arts. Offered on demand.
HUMN4613 History/Literature of the Native American Southwest
This course has two focuses – first to explore the major features of Native American history of the southwest and second, to explore the religious affirmations of this group through a literary review of their mythology. Offered on demand.
MISS3403 Cross Cultural Communications
A study of communicating the Christian message cross-culturally. Special attention will be given to cultural adaptations of Christianity in the light of Biblical faith. Concerns related to cross-cultural living will also be explored. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.
SOCI2243 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
A study of the cultures of people througout the world, including the principles behind the various aspects of culture. The course is designed to provide an understanding of cross-cultural problems which can assist in a more effective communication of Gospel as well as a better understanding of the person's own culture. Offered spring semester: Odd numbered years.
SOCI3023 World Religions and Heretic Movements
A study of the major living religions of today: Animism (Folk Religions), Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Islam, and Judaism. Also some typical American cults are included. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
SOCI4203 The Ethnicity in America
This course seeks to give an overview of the major ethnic groups in America with an emphasis upon their arrival and integration with American society at large. In addition, this course also covers the issues of race relations, the source and nature of group tensions, as well as communication and cross-cultural issues that would inform interaction with, and evaluation of, various groups.
UNIV1121 First Year Evangel
Designed for the first-year student, this course will explore the essential aspects of being a college student at MACU through the lens of a selected pop culture topic. Aspects to be explored include critical thinking, time management, goal setting, MACU’s mission and vision, and the unique aspects of being a MACU student and earning a MACU degree. Required for all College or Arts and Science students unless waived by the Academic Dean or his/her designee. Offered every semester.

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