English Major (BA)

The Department of English embraces the integration of faith and learning as a life-long experience. The department strives to equip students who major or minor in English and those who take English classes as a general studies requirement with essential knowledge and skills in language, literature, and communication.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

Course Convenience

DBU offers classes in a variety of formats, including:

  • In-Person
  • Hybrid (Classroom and Online)*
  • Online*

*Selected courses are available in the formats listed. View the current Schedule of Classes for specific courses.

Classes Start

Generally, classes begin four times a year:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

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Credit Hours Overview

As required for all Bachelor’s degrees, students must complete the following:

  • General Studies Courses (i.e., English, History, Mathematics)
  • Designated Courses in the Chosen Major
  • Electives*
    • Lower-Level Electives (1000-2000 level courses)
    • Upper-Level Electives (3000-4000 level courses)
  • 42 Hours of Upper-Level Courses must be completed as part of all bachelor’s degrees
  • Minimum Total Credit Hours Required: 120 Credit Hours**

*Courses chosen by the student that will count toward a bachelor's degree, but may not be directly related to the degree program being pursued.
**Check individual degree requirements for specific total credit hours.

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More Options

Teaching Certification

Students considering a career teaching English are required to meet the general studies requirements for receiving a teacher certification.


Accelerated Degrees

For undergraduate students studying English, an accelerated degree is an excellent option for highly motivated students who desire an accelerated 5-year program for earning their Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Learn more about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Accelerated Degrees >>

Travel Opportunities

In addition to mission trips, DBU periodically offers students travel opportunities to earn course credit.

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Meet the Program Director

"The English major at DBU explores humanity, faith, and culture through the close study of literary texts and language. The English major prepares students to think deeply and critically, write proficiently, and understand and interpret complex ideas about our life and our world. Join us as we examine the transformative power of the written word together".

- Dr. Michelle Henry, Chair of the English Department
214-333-5247 | michellh@dbu.edu

Michell Henry

Goals of the English Major

The Department of English desires to give its learners competencies in English studies and strives to produce graduates with the ability to apply these competencies in their chosen careers. It also strives to produce graduates who integrate their own personal faith with these competencies. The following list delineates the traits we hope our students will demonstrate. DBU students will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of humanity and culture through critical reading and response to literary texts.
  • Possess the ability to write proficiently using a variety of approaches and rhetorical devices.
  • Demonstrate skills in literary interpretation.
  • Conduct and document scholarly research.
  • Understand the application of a Christian world view to the study of literature.