Bachelor of Arts in English

CBU English major students choose to take a variety of stimulating courses—courses such as film studies; creative writing; children's, young adult and multicultural literature; linguistics, and English composition. They learn from well-qualified, caring faculty members who bring a variety of interesting global perspectives in a Christian context.

CBU offers the following English majors, minors and concentrations:

  • Majors
    • English (39)
  • Minors
    • English (18)
    • Creative Writing

English Undergraduate Program Student Outcomes 

  • Career Opportunities
    • Secondary education teacher
    • Journalist
    • Library scientist
    • Publisher
    • Christian missionary
    • Professional copywriter/editor
    • Author
    • ESL & TESOL teachers abroad


    You can also further your education by attending graduate schools of law, medicine, business, etc. At CBU, we also offer a master's program in English that you can pursue after your undergraduate studies. Liberal studies majors may seek a concentration in English, which affords them an area of specialization within the Multiple Subjects credential.

Lower Division Requirements

ENG201 Intro to Literature

An intensive study of literary terminology and the major genres of American, British, European, and multicultural literature. Focuses on critical reading and intelligent appreciation of literature, and ways of writing about literature. Majors and minors should take this introduction course during their sophomore year as soon as they successfully complete ENG 123. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ENG201-A
Alspach, Berniece
09/05/2017 W 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
ENG201-A
Isaacs, David E.
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 166

Choose one of the following: 

ENG213 Survey of British Literature I

Literature of Great Britain from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG213-A
Newton, Jennifer
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 191

ENG223 Survey of British Literature II

Literature of Great Britain from the Romantic Period to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ENG223-A
Alspach, Berniece
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36 36B

Choose one of the following: 

ENG233 Survey of American Literature I

American literature from the Colonial Period to 1870. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG233-A
Veltman, Laura
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 376

ENG243 Survey of American Lit II

American literature from 1870 to present. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ENG243-A
Veltman, Laura
01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 245

Choose one of the following: 

ENG253 Survey of World Literature I

World literature (excluding British and American) through the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG253-A
Alspach, Berniece
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 356

ENG263 Survey of World Literature II

World literature (excluding British and American) from Neoclassicism to present. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ENG263-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/10/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 190

Upper Division Requirements

ENG313 Multicultural Literature

The literature of women and ethnic minorities. Recommended for Liberal Studies majors. Prerequisite: ENG 123. At least one literature survey course recommended. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ENG313-A
Isaacs, David E.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 356

ENG350 Rsrch & Writing in Lit/Lang

Introduction to research topics, methods, and materials in the field of language and literature for application in a series of scholarly papers and presentations of various types and lengths. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ENG350-A
Dingman, Toni S.
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Building 36 36B

ENG401 Literary Theory and Criticism

Advanced study in theories of imaginative literature and in the issues of interpreting literary texts. Prerequisites: ENG 123, 201, and at least one literature survey course are required. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ENG401-A
Staley, Owen D.
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B258

ENG413 Shakespeare Studies

Selected poems and plays are studied in their historical contexts. A variety of critical approaches are incorporated. Includes comedies, history plays, and tragedies. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

ENG413-A
Newton, Jennifer
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 376

ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition

Linguistic theory and method. Includes the study of the five universal elements of language (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics) as well as the use of language and its variants in culture. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ENG463-B
Jacobs, DawnEllen
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Instructor OFFC
ENG463-A
Liu, Carla
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 251
ENG463-B
Liu, Carla
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 126

ENG499 Senior Project

This three unit senior capstone project serves to assess the subject matter competence of the English major and the Single Subject Program candidate. Students will enroll for this course with the recommendation of their English program advisor and the approval of the department chair. Prerequisite: ENG 350. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

ENG499-A
Veltman, Laura
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 376
ENG499-A
Lu, James J.
01/10/2018 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 104

Complete six (6) upper division units from the following: ENG 303, 323, 333, 343, 345, 353, 354, 355, 363, 365, 399, 400, 403, 433, 434, 440, 443, 460 

Complete three (3) additional upper division units from the following: ENG 303, 323, 333343345353, 354, 355, 363, 365,  399400403, 433, 434, 440443, 454, 460, FLM 340, 350, POL 330, THE 342

Optional Concentration in Creative Writing (12 units)

The creative writing concentration requires the completion of 12 units beyond the major. Students completing a minor in creative writing are not eligible to complete the creative writing concentration.

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

ENG384-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 192

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

ENG385-A
Tronti, Jennifer
01/10/2018 M 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Building 36 ONLN

ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice creative nonfiction in various forms; personal narrative, topical essay, lyric essay, memoir, etc. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Fall odd years).

ENG386-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 192

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

Focuses on different styles or aspects of creative writing each time offered-for example, creative non-fiction, storytelling, etc. See instructor for the topic currently to be studied. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; As offered)

ENG431 LiteraryJournalEditing&Publishng

In this course students assist in all aspects of the publication of the campus literary journal. Students read submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, they work with writers to edit their pieces, and they assist with layout and design. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Spring)

ENG431-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B258

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of fiction writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published short stories and novellas, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students choose to write a novella or two substantial short stories, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG384 (3 units; Spring)

ENG484-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 190

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published poems and poetry collections, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write their own poems, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG385 (3 units; Fall)

ENG485-A
Updegraff, Derek J.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36 36A2

Complete three (3) additional upper division units from the following: ENG 384, 385, 386, 411, 431, 484, 485, FLM 301, JRN 312, THE 424