Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in English Literature is designed to provide you with knowledge and history of English and American literature, as well as an understanding of selected authors, periods and genres (Colonial Age, Romanticism, postmodernism, etc.). Your acquired skills and practice in written and oral communication form your basis for critical thinking about literary and other texts, grammar and linguistics relevant to primary and secondary teaching. Since this English literature degree enhances your understanding of linguistics and rhetoric, you could become well suited for careers in editing, technical writing or grant writing. Other positions options you can pursue include paralegal, journalist, copywriter or public relations specialist.

As an English literature degree student, you will gain a critical appreciation for literature and recognize its broad value and potential to expand students’ perspectives and transform their visions of the world. Learners will study the major periods of literature including the Old English, Enlightenment and Romantic all the way through the modern period. Courses in the English literature degree program will study the development of the novel as well as the progression and types of the short story.

Through English and American literature (realism, modernism, fiction, poetry, etc.) and through the works of Shakespeare and other major authors, you’ll learn how the literary movement evolved from one century to the next. Historical and sociological impacts of these authors and their works have made an impressionably impact on the world. Ethics in the arts and literature communities are also examined from a variety of sociological, historical, social, political and artistic perspectives.

Your program concludes with short story and novel development course, respectively. These writing-intensive classes primarily focus on reading and writing 19th and 20th- century British and American works, where you’ll explore the processes and methodologies of writing a novel or longer form of works.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

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The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.