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B.A. in English

Mission Statement

The English Department's mission is to inspire careful and reflective readers; train nuanced and complex thinkers; and guide clear, creative, and compelling writers. Together, we aim to appreciate the beauty and power of language, attune ourselves to the complexity of narrative worlds, and glorify God through educating ourselves and others about how language shapes our world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in English, students will be able to:


Illustrate intellectual curiosity and devise strategies for independent inquiry.


Display the variety of ways in which the Christian faith is in dialogue with literary and rhetorical texts.


Analyze texts from historical, cultural, religious, and/or theoretical perspectives.


Construct clear and persuasive arguments using textual evidence.


Recognize the aesthetic and formal qualities of literary and rhetorical texts.


Practice the craft of writing in a variety of genres appropriate to audience.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.