“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 Studies at Lindenwood University
A Bachelor of Arts in English Studies 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. Whether you are interested in studying the medieval world through the works of Chaucer, using literature to trace the social and political development of the early United States, diving deeply into the genre of Gothic literature, or exploring the global diversity of the English-speaking world, our program has courses for you.
Like every Lindenwood student, you will also complete the General Education requirements of the Bachelor of 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 a combination of the two.
See a list of English Course Descriptions to see the full range of courses you’ll have an opportunity to take.
What can I do with an English Studies degree from Lindenwood University?
Graduating with an English Studies degree opens up your professional options to a wide variety of careers. Careers in publishing, mass media, education, law, marketing, copywriting, editing, and technical writing—one of the fastest growing fields in the country—are common for graduates with this degree. But one of the chief benefits of an English Literature degree is not being tied to any single field. Your experiences in your English Literature major will enhance your writing, reading, analysis, and research skills, which are highly valued by employers in almost all industries. For more information on the value of your English Literature degree on the job market, see our Careers in English page.
Secondary Education Certification in English: Students who seek to be certified to teach English at the secondary level (grades 9-12) must complete a major in English Literature, take ENGL 37200 and 40400, complete a minor in secondary education (9-12), and take EDU 33400.
Interested in becoming an English Literature major? Contact us for more information about our program!