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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at Lindenwood University

A Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Lindenwood University requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of English courses, including core literature classes in literary study, Shakespeare and a senior thesis project. Students also read a wide range of American, British, and world literatures. Courses devoted to Chaucer, English romantic literature, and medieval English literature are also available, as are frequent special-topics courses of particular interest to students.

Like every Lindenwood student, you must also complete the General Education requirements of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts. You are also required to be proficient in at least one foreign language up to the Intermediate II level, which can be fulfilled by coursework, a placement test, or most often a combination of the two.

See a list of English Course Descriptions to see the range of possible courses you might be taking.

What can I do with an English Literature degree from Lindenwood University?

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Lindenwood University opens up your professional possibilities to a wide variety of industries. Careers in publishing, mass media, education, and marketing are common for graduates with this degree. This major enables students to develop their critical reading and thinking skills, which are essential in any career. The experience in reading complex, interesting texts and writing in-depth critical arguments and analyses allows students in this major to enhance their writing, reading, analysis, and research skills, which undoubtedly is a strength when applying for a job in any field. Furthermore, the chance English literature majors get to read and talk about the best literature in the world is enlightening and stimulating. 

Secondary Education Certification in English: To be certified to teach English at the secondary level (grades 9-12), students must complete a major in English Literature, ENGL 37200, a minor in secondary education (9-12), and EDU 33400.

Interested in becoming an English Literature major? Contact us for more information about our program! 

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St. Charles, MO 63301