Bachelor of Arts in English (Literature and Creative Writing) Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in English prepares you to enter any of the numerous fields that prize creativity, critical thinking, writing acumen, and the ability to create and communicate convincing arguments and content. Beyond building a strong foundation in English, you’ll tailor your coursework to match your interests and goals by choosing from concentrations in literature or creative writing.
- Graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to be competitive in a wide variety of career options.
- Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience, and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
- Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market.
What to Expect
Your English degree from Trevecca provides incredible flexibility in both your coursework and your career. A wide range of courses spans both canonical and contemporary writers in many genres of literature, so you can choose the classes that match your interests and goals. You’ll take nine core literature courses before branching into either the literature concentration or the creative writing concentration. Both English concentrations can be paired with any minor on campus to tailor your education.
At Trevecca, your education continues outside of the classroom, where you can hone your craft in supportive writing workshops dedicated to fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. You can also attend on-campus readings and author events hosted by the English department. Or you can gain editing experience as a member of the editorial staff of The Cumberland River Review, our national literary journal that was developed as part of Trevecca’s robust undergraduate research program called FLARE (Faculty-Led Academic Research Experience). The journal gives students a chance to select, edit and publish the writing of nationally recognized writers rather than the student submissions typically published in campus publications. Past students have also attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Los Angeles to attend panel discussions, build professional network relationships, and represent The Cumberland River Review at the conference book fair.
The flexibility of an English degree doesn’t end with graduation. With your English degree, you’ll be well-equipped to teach or pursue graduate studies. You’ll also be prepared to enter exciting fields like publishing and editing, freelance writing, public relations, market research analysis, content strategy, medical humanities, brand management, teaching, and more.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers, and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. You’ll be taught to elucidate and defend a biblical worldview and to view literature from all eras through a biblical framework. At Trevecca, you’ll earn your English degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.
General Education — 51 hours
Major — 43 hours
English Core — 28 hours
- ENG 4000 Literary Criticism 3 or ENG 4200 Comparative Literature 3
- ENG 3100 American Literature I: Beginnings to the American Renaissance 3
- ENG 3200 American Literature II: The Civil War to Realism 3
- ENG 3510 Medieval Literature 3 or ENG 3350 Themes and Genres in Classical and Biblical Literature 3
- ENG 3580 Enlightenment Literature 3
- ENG 3550/COM 3550 Shakespeare 3
- ENG 3620 Victorian Literature 3
- ENG 3630 Modern British Literature 3 or ENG 3860 C.S. Lewis and the Inklings 3
- ENG 3650 The Age of Milton 3
- ENG 4600 Senior Recitation for English Majors 1
Choose an Area of Concentration:
Literature — 15 hours
- ENG 3360 Gothic Literature 3 or
- ENG 3660 Modern American Literature 3
- ENG 3810 Postmodern American Literature 3 or
- ENG 3370 Multi-Ethnic American Literature 3
- ENG 4450 Genre Studies in Film and Literature 3 or
- ENG 3880 Life, Death, and Marriage in Eastern Literature 3
- ENG 3490 Contemporary Writing 3
- Elective in English course above ENG 2000 3
Creative Writing — 15 hours
- ENG 2100 Creative Writing: Beginning Poetry 3
- ENG 2200 Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction 3
- ENG 3460 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry 3
- ENG 3470 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction 3
- ENG 3480 Creative Writing: Nonfiction 3
Additional requirement — 2 hours
- ITI 1900 Business Information Technology 2
General Electives — 24 hours
Total Credit Hours: 120
With your English degree, you’ll be positioned for a career in publishing, editing, writing, teaching, non-profit work, marketing, content development, public relations, and more. More specifically, English majors are equipped for roles like these:
- University teaching
- Freelance writing
- High school teaching
- K-12 administration
- Middle school teaching
- Law School (J.D.)
- Business graduate school (MBA)
- Public relations
- Human resources
- Nonprofit administration
- Market research analysis
- Library science
- Technical writing
- Medical humanities
- Content strategy
- Brand management
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