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College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English: Literature

Program Overview

Do you love to read? Do you recognize the powerful nature of storytelling in almost every aspect of our lives? Do you love to study and learn from novels, plays, short stories, and poems? If so, you should consider majoring in English, with a concentration in Literature.

All three concentrations of the English major—Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing & Digital Studies—provide a foundation in the hallmarks of a humanities education: critical thinking, academic inquiry, historical and cultural perspective, creativity, and personal reflection.

The Literature concentration offers students a robust grounding in British, American, and world literature traditions. Students study works ranging from Shakespeare’s plays to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels as they strengthen their skills of deep reading, analysis, research, and communication. Literature classes, which span genres and a range of canonical and non-canonical texts, offer dynamic settings for active learning and scholarly dialogue.

Literature students enjoy the benefits of a flexible curriculum, which can be enhanced through a minor or additional major. Many of our students complement their English major with additional programs such as Communication, Public Policy, History, Theatre, and/or Marketing.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

120

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 120
Program Type: BA
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

The English program is committed to student-centered learning, with small upper-level courses, which are taught by supportive and engaged faculty members. These classes incorporate experiential learning opportunities, including working on our award-winning literary journal, Ivy Leaves. Other learning opportunities include engaging in archival research, working in AU’s Writing and Multimedia Center, completing internships, and participating in study abroad programs. Faculty members are also committed to engaging questions of faith and the Christian tradition in the study of literature.

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The Knowledge You Will Gain

English students gain a wealth of knowledge of literary traditions, genres, and critical theory, but, more importantly, English students become even more adept at asking questions and applying their rich skill sets. English graduates are proficient and creative thinkers. Their abilities—including advanced literacy, written and oral communication, persuasive argumentation, research acumen, and audience awareness—are assets in any profession.

Career Outlook

If you love reading, consider an English major. You will earn an incredibly versatile and marketable degree, and employers will value your strong written and oral communication skills.  While advances in technology and AI are rendering many disciplines obsolete, English graduates distinguish themselves through their creative thinking, problem-solving, and capacity for empathy. English graduates are ready for careers that society has not yet imagined.

The English Department collaborates with the Center for Career Development to help students secure internships and learn of career opportunities. The department also hosts alumni events to help current students network and hear advice from recent alumni.

Recent alumni have entered careers in publishing and editing, grant-writing, education, library science, human relations, search-engine optimization, marketing, and management.

Career options include:

    • Writing, Editing, Journalism, and Technical Writing
    • Nonprofits, Public Outreach, Missions
    • Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Communications
    • Education, TESOL, Librarian, Professional Training
    • Entertainment, Script Writer, Production Assistant
    • Attorney, Law Clerk, Lobbyist, Public Policy Researcher
    • Real Estate Agent, Account Executive, Sales Trainer


Starting Salaries

Technical Writer: $79,960 Postsecondary English Language & Literature Teachers: $74,280 Writer/Author: $73,150 Editor: $73,080 Librarian/Media Collections Specialist: $61,660 Paralegal: $59,200 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

English students gain a wealth of knowledge of literary traditions, genres, and critical theory, but, more importantly, English students become even more adept at asking questions and applying their rich skill sets. English graduates are proficient and creative thinkers. Their abilities—including advanced literacy, written and oral communication, persuasive argumentation, research acumen, and audience awareness—are assets in any profession.

Career Outlook

If you love reading, consider an English major. You will earn an incredibly versatile and marketable degree, and employers will value your strong written and oral communication skills.  While advances in technology and AI are rendering many disciplines obsolete, English graduates distinguish themselves through their creative thinking, problem-solving, and capacity for empathy. English graduates are ready for careers that society has not yet imagined.

The English Department collaborates with the Center for Career Development to help students secure internships and learn of career opportunities. The department also hosts alumni events to help current students network and hear advice from recent alumni.

Recent alumni have entered careers in publishing and editing, grant-writing, education, library science, human relations, search-engine optimization, marketing, and management.

Career options include:

    • Writing, Editing, Journalism, and Technical Writing
    • Nonprofits, Public Outreach, Missions
    • Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Communications
    • Education, TESOL, Librarian, Professional Training
    • Entertainment, Script Writer, Production Assistant
    • Attorney, Law Clerk, Lobbyist, Public Policy Researcher
    • Real Estate Agent, Account Executive, Sales Trainer


Starting Salaries

Technical Writer: $79,960 Postsecondary English Language & Literature Teachers: $74,280 Writer/Author: $73,150 Editor: $73,080 Librarian/Media Collections Specialist: $61,660 Paralegal: $59,200 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Two essays (prompts) OR Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): English – Yes | Literature – No
Program Director:
Bob Hanley
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 33 Credit Hours – English Major Core Requirements | 46 Credit Hours – General Electives
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Alumni Spotlight

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'21
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Zach Seiter
CYB
Zach Seiter is on the front lines of digital defense for a large Upstate South Carolina utility.
Zachary Seiter
'23
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Jenny Broaddus
CLO
Dr. Jenny Broaddus has spent more than two decades in professional counseling. Her passion is helping leaders be at their best professionally and in other ways.
Jenny Broaddus, Ph.D.
'24
Center for Leadership and Organization
Jeremy Fishman
CLO
Dr. Jeremy Fishman found the Ph.D. in Leadership program at Anderson University a great fit for his unique aspirations.
Jeremy Fishman, Ph.D.
'24
Center for Leadership and Organizations
Bettye Smith, Ph.D.
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Although Dr. Bettye Smith’s background is in engineering, she has developed a passion for leadership development.
Bettye Smith, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kimberly Stapleton
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When Dr. Kimberly Singleton was looking to advance professionally, she found that the Ph.D. in Leadership from Anderson University had everything she needed.
Kimberly M. Stapleton, PhD, CFEI®
'24
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Leonard Galloway
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Leonard Galloway, human resources director for Anderson School District 5, is committed to his hometown.
Leonard Galloway
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Caroline Waldrop Blevins
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Caroline Waldrop Blevins says the students she teaches bring her joy.
Caroline Waldrop Blevins
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Sara Cantrell
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Sara Cantrell has always loved art and wanted to help others.
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Bates Whitaker
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As communications manager for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Bates Whitaker gets to combine his love of the outdoors with his passion for storytelling.
Bates Whitaker
'21
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