BJU’s master of arts in English further expands your knowledge of literary texts, periods and backgrounds and develops your critical analysis and writing skills.
This program provides excellent preparation for both teaching and further doctoral studies. In our English program, you’ll explore the uniqueness of humankind through various points of view and cultures, and you’ll learn to better understand the people around you—all from a biblical worldview.
At BJU, our master of arts in English program offers a uniquely biblical approach to the study of English language and literature. You’ll explore the structure of modern English, from phonology to syntax to semantics, as well as learn how to apply your knowledge of the language to teaching both native and non-native speakers.
You’ll see how both theory and practical studies are important to English, whether you plan to teach or research. You’ll have various opportunities to apply for practical experience. As you qualify, you may have opportunity to work at BJU Press, the writing center, or even as a graduate teaching assistant in the English department.
Additionally, you’ll focus on the literature time periods you want, such as Tudor Renaissance or Twentieth Century American Literature. Much of the program emphasizes teaching rather than research, but touches on research enough to enable you to pursue a higher degree in a research-related field.
Throughout the entire program, your faculty will challenge you both academically and spiritually by weaving scriptural wisdom and faith-building perspectives into their courses.
BJU’s faculty for the graduate English program bring extensive knowledge in their specializations and many years’ experience teaching in the classroom.
They all have a passion for equipping you to think biblically in every area of life and to excel in your postgraduate work. They’ll help you navigate the world of ideas and provide you with a solid foundation in scriptural principles.
As a student at BJU, you’ll have access to a huge selection of research materials in our library. We provide the JSTOR database, a digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources; a microfilm collection of early American newspapers; and the MLAIB database, which indexes scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. In other words, we’ve got plenty of resources for you to use for your research. And if we don’t have what you need, our library participates in a book loan program, and we’ll even order books on occasion if you request them.
Not only do you get to study great works of literature, but you also get to experience many in action. Through our Concert, Opera & Drama Series and numerous student plays each year, you’ll watch characters from works like Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations or Hamlet come to life.
You’ll have the opportunity throughout the year to attend both the English forum and the creative writing forum. In these forums, graduates and professionals share their experiences and give advice from the wisdom they’ve gained during their careers. From the guest speakers, you’ll get a great inside look into the worlds of English and creative writing.
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.
Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
The following courses are required:
- History of the English Language
- Structure of Modern English
- Literary Research
- Literary Theory: The Modern Era
- English Electives (500/600-level) (12 credits)
6 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
Each student will:
- Incorporate skills in reading, research and communication into teaching situations. Acquire a thorough familiarity with the history of the English language and literature.
- Implement and assess the validity of the methods of professional literary scholarship.
- Analyze a broad range of literary forms.
- Employ in critical writing the analytical research skills appropriate for professional situations and properly apply the conventions of professional academic discourse.
- Formulate a mature Christian response to issues surrounding the study of literature.