BA in English

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in English prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program explores the various aspects of literature and advanced writing and enables students to develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines and a greater depth of knowledge in English.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the origins of the English language and its evolution
  • Apply the principles of composition, including rhetorical grammar and usage, critical thinking, basic principles of argumentation and the use of research methods and documentation skills
  • Recognize and identify various genres in literature
  • Identify literary devices, forms and elements
  • Identify historical and cultural characteristics of literary genres
  • Discuss critically issues of gender, class, ethnicity, culture and the individual that are present in literature

BA in English Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: English 33
A. Required Courses 12
  • Survey of Literature I & II
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Nonwestern Literature
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. English Electives*
  • Advanced Persuasive Writing
  • African-American Literature
  • American Literary Realism
  • American Political Novel
  • American Romanticism
  • Asian Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Children’s Literature
  • Comic and Satiric Tradition
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Development of English Drama
  • Elizabethan Drama
  • English Romantic Period
  • European Literature
  • Greek Drama
  • History of English Language
  • Indian Literature
  • Latin American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature and Religion
  • Milton
  • Modern Drama
  • Mythology
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Regional Literature
  • Restoration Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Short Story
  • Social Protest Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • The Augustan Age
  • 20th Century English
  • Victorian Literature
  • Women in Literature
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other literature and advanced writing courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Students planning graduate work in literature should include period and genre courses in their area of study.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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