English Major - Undergraduate Degree Program | Briar Cliff University

English Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
Program(s) Offered: Major, Minor, Teaching Endorsement

What can you do with an English degree? Prepare for graduate school or a career as an author, screenwriter, entrepreneur, lawyer, politician, journalist, teacher — there are no limits! And while you're at it, gain essential insights into human nature and thought, and an appreciation of the written word as a mode of expression.

Immerse yourself in literature.

Whether you're embarking on literary tours of the United Kingdom, Europe or Latin America; catching some professional regional theatre; or hanging with some friends at a local coffeehouse reading — as an English major at Briar Cliff, you'll be part of a close family of faculty and students who support one another’s efforts to dream big and to achieve!

Personalize your degree.

Choose an emphasis, and we'll make sure your degree is tailor-made to fit your career goals:

English Teaching Endorsement

Carry your passion for language to the classroom. Learn more →

Law Emphasis

If you're going into law, you'll want to choose supporting coursework in philosophy, political science, and history.

Public Relations Emphasis

If you're interested in P.R., supplement your English major with additional coursework in journalism, digital media or graphic design.

Public Service Emphasis

If you're seeking a career in government, non-profit institutions or service organization, choose this track emphasizing the history and character of institutions.

Library Science Emphasis

If you're seeking a career in public, corporate or academic libraries, prepare yourself for graduate work in library science (focused on organization, management and information).

Get involved at The Cliff.

Are you interested in publishing? Help produce The Briar Cliff Review, an internationally acclaimed literary magazine created right here on The Cliff. For nearly 30 years, The Review has nurtured emerging writers and featured established authors from across the world.

Join the Writing & English Club (WREN), and spearhead poetry, fiction, and non-fiction readings where you'll get to bounce your ideas off of well-known regional, national and international authors.

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English Program Courses

ENGL 110 - Introduction to Literature

Students read short stories and poems for enjoyment, discussion and analysis. Learning literary terms and critical methods will be added course outcomes. Read more »

ENGL 243 - Shakespeare

Representative plays from the major types (comedy, history, tragedy) for reading and analysis. Students will appreciate the universality of Shakespeare's art: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

ENGL 275 - Independent English Study II

By arrangement with instructor only. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill With departmental approval Read more »

ENGL 340 - Nineteenth Century American Literature

Essays, short stories, poetry, novels, and memoirs are studied in the historical, cultural, and artistic context of the nineteenth century. Seminal works by Irving, Rowson, Poe, Emerson, Stowe, Fuller, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, James and others. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

ENGL 460 - Senior Seminar

Historical and critical overview of major developments in literature with comprehensive examinations. Intended primarily for last-term senior English majors Read more »

ENGL 490 - English Internship

On-site professional work experiences; site and scheduling individually arranged. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill and junior status. With departmental approval Read more »

WRTG 159 - Contemporary Argument and Research

In this class, students will explore current events and discuss their own reasoned perspectives on contemporary issues. Read more »

WRTG 420 - Composition Seminar/Practicum

This seminar introduces students to the history of composition theory and the latest, most cutting-edge ideas in the field. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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Melanie Krieps Mergen

“Now that I’m in a graduate program for writing, I’m realizing now more than ever how outstanding the Modern Languages department is,” says Melanie. “My time as an English major at Briar Cliff gave me the foundation I needed to hit the ground running.”

Melanie Krieps Mergen

English and Music