Bachelor of Arts in English: Literary and Cultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts in English: Literary and Cultural Studies

English Career Opportunities

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  • English as a Second Language Teacher
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  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Professional Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
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  • Publisher
  • Content Creator

Allow Your Love of the Written Word To Take You Places With a BA in English

Literature has the power to transport the reader across the globe, across time and across cultures. But can the study of the English language in all its intricacies do the same? What can you do with an English degree? From teaching to writing, a BA in English from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) can lead to careers you may never have considered. It’s a degree that strengthens your writing ability, your critical thinking, and your love of language. Those are strengths that can be used in almost any career, but which especially give you an edge in any job market where the ability to effectively communicate in English is a requirement. Think writer, editor, teacher, or even marketing content creator.

The job outlook for writers is expected to grow 9% over the course of the next ten years and the outlook is similar for most jobs an English degree qualifies you for.  

MACU is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). 

Expand Your Social Circle as You Expand your Options With Your English Degree

Just as English language studies open your career options, earning your degree surrounded by like-minded students and professors expands your life options. Regardless of where your field of endeavor leads you, lifelong friendships created on campus at MACU go with you. It’s a Christ-centered atmosphere designed foster both educational and spiritual growth. 

And it all takes place in the heart of Oklahoma City, with a strong job market that might even keep you here for life. Activities in the city include eclectic shopping and entertainment districts plus an abundance of enriching attractions ranging from museums to outdoor adventure.

Additional advantages of an on-campus degree program at MACU include:

  • An affordable and streamlined degree completion plan
  • Low student-to-professor ratio
  • A campus where security is a priority, including 24-hour monitoring 
  • Support services that allow students to thrive, including tutoring
  • Faith-based activities and social groups
  • Competitive sports teams

The English Degree You Crave Earned in a Christ-Centered Atmosphere 

We live in a world where communication is valued, almost above all else. But communication without a moral basis adds up to nothing more than empty words. At MACU, you can have both. You can study the world’s literature and culture and learn to analyze it through the Christian perspective that grounds you.

MACU degree programs are designed to create leaders with character. Dedication to Christ is layered through the entire curriculum of your degree plan, then taught by professors with beliefs that mirror yours. The result is a degree that elevates your intellect as it allows you to grow spiritually.  

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Courses

  • 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.