English Literature and Writing Curriculum

Curriculum: B.A. in English Literature and Writing at Marylhurst

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. You will graduate from the program with in-demand technological, analytical, problem solving and creative writing skills.

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Transfer Credit & Degree Completion

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.

English Literature and Writing Degree Requirements

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Core English Literature Curriculum

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.

  • Literature Core: Dive into fundamental literature courses that encompass Shakespeare, critical theory, world literature, gender studies and literary history pre-and-post-1800. Students enjoy several course options to focus on topics of personal or professional interest to them.
  • Creative Writing Concentration: All students concentrate in creative writing while investigating  the interrelated aspects of language and expression – interpretation, composition and creativity.
  • Literature & Writing Electives: Complete additional coursework in either literature or creative writing. Courses include communication, media and culture; Film history and genre, writing for the media, grant writing and fund development; and feminist and queer studies.

Marylhurst core requirements (40 credits)
Gain applied liberal art skills in inquiry, critical thinking, writing, problem solving and leadership through Marylhurst core coursework.

General electives (80 credits)
Select courses outside of Marylhurst’s English curriculum to broaden and further customize your education to your career goals.

Creative Writing Degree, Marylhurst University

Creative Writing Concentration

All students pursuing the B.A. in English Literature and Writing degree at Marylhurst complete a creative writing concentration within the major and benefit from writing-intensive courses taught by renowned creative writers.

Take-hold of this protected time to perfect your creative writing craft. Whether a pen, pencil or keyboard is your instrument, you will imagine and create multiple drafts to hone your experimental writing skills.

Marylhurst English literature and writing students graduate with these in-demand skills, and more:

  1. Show creative problem solving, experimentation and inventiveness through writing in various literary genres and forms. Understand the components of a writer’s craft: prosody, narrative technique, forms, genres and aesthetics.
  2. Demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary trends in writing or digital media through critical or creative work.
  3. Actively engage with the writing process through generating multiple drafts, critiquing the work of others, and revising one’s own work in response to feedback.
Creative Writing Concentration Curriculum

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.

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