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B.A. in English

John P. Stead School of Humanities For Christ & Scripture Since 1927

This program includes 40 General Education units, 21 Bible units, 51 Major Core Courses, and 0-9 Emphasis/Elective units.

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 the right perceptions, sound judgment, and 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 significant issues of life, death, purpose, and destiny.

• Grow as a person by participating in the vicarious experience of literature and seeing life from a variety of viewpoints.

• Develop the ability to write, 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 are 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. The program is designed to train students in both the content and pedagogy of the classical liberal arts to prepare them for teaching positions in the rapidly growing Classical Christian Education movement, and 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.

A Global Experience 2,500+ TMUS students with around 40% on-campus in undergraduate programs, coming from all around the world and typically including 40 different countries and 40 different states.

A Top-ranked Student Life Rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

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A Community Of Worship 3 chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff, and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach include the Collegium Sapientiae or The Master’s Chorale

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Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and students can join and serve at any number of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

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.

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Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

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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.

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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.


Learning Outcomes

These are program-level student learning outcomes that have been established by the faculty and staff for the English (B.A.) major:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of genres, historical periods, styles, and modes.
  2. Write clear, effective, researched, and imaginative projects and articulate them within appropriate conceptual and methodological frameworks.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the English language from Old English to the present.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the content and historical context of British and American literary works, as well as selected authors and works from world literature.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of various theoretical approaches that inform the interpretation of literature and culture

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

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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

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    Course Number Course Name Units
    E330 Advanced Composition 3
    E313 Age Of Romanticism 3
    E231 American Literature I 3
    E312 American Literature II 3
    E232 American Literature II 3
    E322 Children S Literature 3
    E436 Contemporary Critical Theory 3
    E415 Contemporary Literature 3
    E333 Drama As Literature 3
    E110 English Composition 3
    E211 English Literature I 3
    E212 English Literature II 3
    E499j Existentialism 3
    E499g Feminist Criticism Gender Theory 3
    E348 Genre Literature Detective Fiction 3
    E348a Genre Literature The Lit Of Adventure 3
    E499r Gothic The Art Of Fear 3
    E364 History Of The English Language 3
    E346 International Writers Russians 3
    E120 Introduction to Literature 3
    E368 Life Writings Of The Brownings 3
    E435 Literary Criticism 3
    E406 Milton 3
    E416 Modern British Writers 3
    E353 Modern English Grammar 3
    E315 Neoclassicism 3
    E315X Oxford English Novels Poetry 5
    E389 Plato 3
    E336 Poetry Poetics 3
    E499l Postmodernism 3
    E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism 3
    E479 Renaissance Cultural History 3
    E491B Senior Capstone Portfolio 1
    E491 Senior Thesis Capstone Seminar 3
    E491A Senior Thesis 2
    E405 Shakespeare 3
    E299c Studies In Anime 3
    E399 Studies In Classic Film 3
    E299 Studies In Classic Film 3
    E374 Studies In Jane Austen 3
    E404 Studies In John Calvin 3
    E335 The English Novel Before 1900 3
    E343 The English Novel Since 1900 3
    E499m The Epic Tradition 3
    E334 The Short Story 3
    E399c Topics In Literature Herman Melville 3
    E399a Topics In Literature Homer 3
    E399b Topics In Literature Virgil 3
    E425 Twentieth Century American Writers 3
    E314 Victorian Age 3
    E499p Women Writers 3
    E221 World Literature I 3
    E222 World Literature II 3
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