May 20, 2024  

English, Literature Concentration BA

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All students who graduate with a BA in English will be able to:

Demonstrate familiarity with a diversity of Anglophone literature, its historical and cultural contexts, its genres, and major critical approaches.

Produce interpretive and analytical texts that are clear, organized, supported with evidence, and accurately documented.

Identify and discuss elements of a Christian perspective in the analysis and creation of texts and in language use.


Students who graduate with a BA in English, Literature Emphasis, will be able to:

Demonstrate cohesive knowledge of the scope and sequence of Anglophone literature, and broad knowledge and application of critical theories.


Total Credits: 42

Major: Concentration Requirements—30

This emphasis is recommended for those planning to do graduate work in English or for those planning professional careers that demand a broad liberal arts background.

Concentration Electives

Choose six additional credits from the Department of English offerings (excluding ENGL 115, and ENGL 215)

Major: Additional Requirements

Michigan Test of Teacher Certification (MTTC)

English majors enrolled in the English Education emphasis seeking Michigan state secondary certification credentials will take the Michigan Test of Teacher Certification–subject area: English (MTTC) in their last year of study.  Arrangements for taking the MTTC should be made with the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in the School of Education.  When test score results are tabulated by the Michigan Department of Education, they are shared with the students’ certification advisor and then passed on to their English Education emphasis advisor.  The Department of English decides how and when to share individual results.

Andrews Core Experience

Students must fullfull the BA Degree Requirements  of the Andrews Core Experience.

Admission Requirements

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency before they are accepted into any program in the Department of English.  To qualify for admission, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams, with component score(s) at or above those indicated:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 600 with no component score lower than 55.  An additional written essay exam is required with a minimum score of 80, and an additional speaking evaluation with a score of not less than 3. 
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 100, with Reading and Listening component scores of at least 15, Writing component score of at least 17, and Speaking component score of at least 18.
  3. MELAB composite score of 84 with no component score lower than 80.
  4. IELTS composite score of 7, with Reading, Listening, and Speaking component scores of at least 6, and a Writing component score of at least 5.

The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment.  Students who score below these levels may complete lanugage requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus.  Students with a score on the TOEFL ITP of 575-599 (or the equivalent on any of the four other exams) may be eligible for the Language Bridge Program which allows students to take a limited number of degree program courses while completing language proficiency requirements in Intensive English Program courses. Students in the Language Bridge Program must demonstrate language proficiency within two semesters in order to continue in the degree program.  Exceptions to these requirements may be granted by the Department of Communications on an individual basis.

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