The English program at Welch College equips students with advanced training in the English language and literature, challenging and training them in both writing and the critical thinking that is essential for good writing.

Courses offered will refine your writing and speaking, develop your critical judgment in listening and reading, and advance knowledge of the literary art in English and its history.

Degree programs offered include:
Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in English
(which may lead to licensure in teaching grades 6-12)
Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in English.

Program Details

47 hours of Arts and Sciences Core
30 hours of Theological Studies
36 hours English Core
11 hours of Electives

124 – Total credit hours

Sample Core Courses

ENG 2122. MASTERPIECES OF WORLD LITERATURE II – A study of some of the greatest, most seminal works from the late Renaissance, the eighteenth century, Romanticism, and the modern and postmodern periods including select readings from the American founding and classics of economic thought.

ENG 3004. MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CHAUCER – After a brief study of Old and Middle English, students are directed in the reading of selections (both in the original and in translation) from such works as Beowulf, Ancrene Riwle, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the works of Wycliffe. The last third of the course is devoted to the life, art, and works of Geoffrey Chaucer, particularly The Canterbury Tales.

ENG 3304. EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE – The English-language literature of America from the early seventeenth century through the end of the Federal Period, including in particular the American Puritans, the writings attendant to the Revolution, and such early authors as Irving, Cooper, and Bryant.

ENG 3403. HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE – Focuses on the historical development of the English language, from its Anglo-Saxon origins, through its changes in the medieval period, to the forces that have produced modern British, American, and world English (including forces at work today).