Southern New Hampshire University

BA in English Language & Literature

With a strong emphasis on writing, research, and critical analysis, the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program at Southern New Hampshire University can help students develop effective oral and written communication skills which can prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in applying to the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program should have strong reading and writing skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program examines the history of English, etymology, linguistics, grammar, and child language acquisition. Students enrolled in the program will be introduced to American and British literature, world literature, the Elizabethan era, Shakespeare, and major critical literary theories. The program is designed to offer students skills in written and oral communications, critical thinking, and research strategies. Students also have the opportunity to complete one of four genre-based workshops in playwriting, poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans, and grants. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature:

English Language and Literature Major Courses

  • ENG 350: The English Language
  • LIT 300: Literary Theory
  • LIT 319: Shakespeare
  • LIT 485: Senior Thesis in Literature
  • LIT ELE: One 200-level LIT elective
  • LIT ELE: Three 300-level LIT electives
  • LIT ELE: One 400-level LIT elective
  • Choose one of the following:
    • ENG 327: Playwriting Workshop
    • ENG 328: Poetry Writing Workshop
    • ENG 329: Fiction Writing Workshop
    • ENG 330: Nonfiction Writing Workshop

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT ELE: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program at Southern New Hampshire University could continue their studies in English or literature by enrolling in a master's program. Depending on their professional goals, graduates may be interested in programs such as:

  • Master of Arts in English Language and Literature
  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Master of Arts in English Linguistics

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature program offers students skills that can translate into a variety of fields. Graduates of the program could seek employment in advertising, marketing, publishing, education, public relations, and many other areas. Positions graduates could compete for may include:

  • Assistant Editor
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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