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B.A. in English

The Department of English at The Master’s University regards the study of language and literature as central to a Christian liberal arts education. It merits this centrality, in part, because of the very nature of the Christian faith: God chose to reveal His dealings with humans in a historical and literary way — the Word of God. His Word employs literary forms and rhetorical strategies to engage its audience. It also merits a central position because literature contains traces of God’s truth (e.g. truthfulness to the human experience), occupies a place in human culture receiving God’s blessing, and often fulfills the qualifications of Philippians 4:8. We affirm that the noblest reasons for acquiring literacy are to read the Scriptures with understanding and sympathy; to articulate the truth of God clearly, attractively, and convincingly; and to be equipped to recognize truth expressed in many sources, discerning it from partial truth and error and testing all by the biblical standard.

  1. Our philosophy of education is classical and canonical in its approach.

  2. We study culture to understand it and — by consequence — understand ourselves.

  3. We focus on gaining right perceptions, sound judgment, critical thinking skills, while walking in obedience to our Savior.


Through the study of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and critical theory, students in the English major can:

  • Begin to understand how God has unfolded history, as they explore literature that both illuminates the past and becomes itself part of the historical record.

  • Acquire critical reading and thinking skills that enable them to develop biblically based discernment.

  • Extend the range of their intellectual, moral and spiritual vision as they explore works that deal with the great issues of life, death, purpose and destiny.

  • Grow as a person as they participate in the vicarious experience of literature and see life from a variety of viewpoints.

  • Develop the ability to write clearly, attractively and perceptively as well as learning to converse in the marketplace of ideas.

  • Prepare for advanced studies in English.

The Department of English offers a primarily traditional curriculum. The philosophy and practice of the faculty is to emphasize works of recognized and enduring merit in the canon of English, American and world literature. At the same time, they remain receptive to the inclusion of new or neglected works that are compatible with the department’s philosophy. Several courses examine critical theory, and faculty members employ a variety of methodologies in literary analysis, while favoring a historical and exegetical approach. Students may choose to obtain a major or a minor in English or work toward qualifying for the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (additional requirements).

Classical Liberal Arts

“The best cultural critics should be Christians” - Dr. Horner

The Bachelor of Arts in Classical Liberal Arts is the first undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. It is designed specifically to train students in both the content and pedagogy of the classical liberal arts in order to prepare them for teaching positions in the rapidly growing Classical Christian Education movement, and/or to pursue graduate work in the Humanities. Classical Liberal Arts



Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus.

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • Ranked among the safest campuses, and Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • Intentional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students

Experience it all for yourself


Southern California: a beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities nearby. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

Study & Serve Abroad

English majors have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester including GO! and TMU Italy.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy

Affordability & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

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Alumni & Graduate Degrees

The Master’s University Teaching Credential Programs enable students to become excellent teachers who integrate faith into teaching, learning, and living. Each program is a two-semester program (Fall start) and includes structured fieldwork and student teaching.

Teaching Credential

For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice.

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Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants


Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

English Core Courses

  • E211, 212 English Literature I, II (3, 3)

  • E231, 232 American Literature I, II (3, 3)

  • E364 History of the English Language (3)

  • E435 Literary Criticism & Critical Theory (3)

  • E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)

  • E491 Senior Thesis & Capstone Portfolio (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • E221 World Literature I (3)

    • E222 World Literature II (3)

  • Two of the following (6)

    • E313 Age of Romanticism (3)

    • E314 Victorian Age (3)

    • E416 Modern British Writers (3)

    • E425 Twentieth Century American Literature* (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • E332 Advanced Composition (3)

    • E353 Modern English Grammar (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • E333 Drama as Literature (3)

    • E334 The Short Story (3)

    • E335 The English Novel (3)

    • E336 Poetry & Poetics (3)

  • One lower division English elective (3)

  • Three upper division English electives ** (9)

Total core courses (51)

*English majors taking E425 may waive E232.

**Six of these nine units may be from the following writing courses offered in the Department of Communication: C351, C362, C441, or C471.

English Education Emphasis Courses

  • English core courses (51)

  • One of the following (3)

    • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory (3)

    • ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching (3)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education* (3)

  • P321 Philosophies of Education** (3)

Total units required for emphasis (60)

*May be substituted with ED101, ED202, and ED301.

**Fulfills general education requirement for P311.

Minor in English

A minor in English is offered to students not majoring in English, but who wish to pursue their interest in the English language and in imaginative literature.

  • E120 Introduction to Literature (3)

  • Four of the following (12)

    • E211, 212 English Literature, I, II (3, 3)

    • E221, 222 World Literature I, II (3, 3)

    • E231, 232 American Literature I, II (3, 3)

  • Three upper division English electives (9)

Total units required for minor (24)

Prof Publications

  • Dr. Grant Horner: Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer

  • John Milton: Classical Learning and the Progress of Virtue

Degree Checklists

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Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 51
Emphasis/Electives: 0-9

Sample Course Offerings:

  • The English Novel
  • The Epic Tradition
  • Milton
  • Shakespeare
  • Studies in Jane Austen
  • Studies in John Calvin
  • Poetry & Poetics

Career Paths

  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Technical Writer
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