The B.A. in English Literature and Writing program offers students a unique perspective by complimenting traditional studies in English literature and writing with an emphasis in evolving digital technology, including the meaningful interplay between words and images. Degree curriculum examines the relationship between literary texts and their historical and cultural contexts. Through service or experiential learning, you will gain confidence in connecting literary studies with social and professional communities.
Completing the degree also prepares you to lead well-argued interpretations of text and diverse literary genres through analysis. Whether you choose to take courses on campus or 100% online, you will graduate from the program with in-demand technological, analytical, problem solving and creative writing skills.
Two English Concentrations to Choose From
The Marylhurst English literature and writing curriculum allows you to focus your studies in two main areas: Literature or Creative Writing.
- Literature (available 100% online or on campus): Enjoy the opportunity to read broadly and study literature as a material object–that is, as a book, a digital project, a comic, or in combination with visual arts. Thoughtfully explore both literary classics and contemporary voices and study the influences of history and culture. You will graduate prepared to successfully enter graduate programs and careers that require critical thinking and writing, including teaching, literature, comic arts, library science, law, and publishing.
- Study how historical and cultural contexts shape literature and its material forms such as manuscripts, books, graphic novels, or digital formats.
- Engage critical questions surrounding authors, periods and themes.
- Make critical connections between literature and changing technologies.
- Compose creative work in text and image.
- Investigate representations of identity, race, gender, nation, sexuality and class in literature.
- Creative Writing (on campus only): Combine core courses in literature and writing with specialized workshops designed to refine professional creative writing skills. You will build critical experience in the creative writing process through exercises focused on the crafting, revising, editing and publishing of language.
- Develop creative problem solving, imaginative and experimental writing skills within various literary genres and forms.
- Study contemporary trends in writing and digital media through critical and creative work.
- Analyze writing to gain a deeper understanding of craft in prosody, narrative, forms, genres and aesthetics.
- Become familiar with contemporary trends in writing and new media.
- Generate multiple drafts, critique the work of others and revise your own work in response to feedback.
Flexible Campus and Online English Program
Marylhurst offers the convenience of earning your English Literature and Writing degree on our beautiful campus or as part of our online community. Based on your scheduling needs, you may also choose to participate in both online and on-campus courses.
Regardless of the format you choose, all classes are taught by the same accomplished teachers and published scholars who emphasize active learning, service, networking and community building. You will benefit from a small class learning environment that fosters close student collaboration with professors and fellow students.
Please know that if you are interested in completing the “creative writing” concentration, you will need to take on-campus classes. The “creative writing” concentration is not available 100% online.
English Literature and Writing Curriculum & B.A. Degree Requirements
To earn your Bachelor of Art in English Literature and Writing from Marylhurst, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:
Major requirements (60 credits)
As a part of your major requirements, you will study topics including critical theory analysis, survey of American literature, world literature and gender studies. The coursework will prepare you to make critical connections between literature and changing technologies, while broadening your literature and writing skills.
- Concentration Courses: Recognizing each student has unique professional goals, Marylhurst provides you the flexibility to specialize 24 credits within your selected Literature or Creative Writing concentration.
Marylhurst core requirements (44 credits)
Gain applied liberal art skills in inquiry, critical thinking, writing, problem solving and leadership through Marylhurst core coursework.
General electives (76 credits)
Select courses outside of English from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to broaden and further customize your education to your career goals.
No Foreign Language Courses Required in the English Literature and Writing Curriculum
Marylhurst’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don’t require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within the English literature and writing curriculum and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.
Transfer in Your Previous College Credits
The majority of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed.
At Marylhurst, the average time to complete the B.A. in English Literature and Writing program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit; saving time and financial resources necessary to earn a degree.
View a SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for English Literature & Writing that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.