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Department Distinctives

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, a Word which 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, testing all by the biblical standard.

Through the study of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and critical theory, students pursuing the English degree from our Christian university in California 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.
  • 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 persons as they participate in the vicarious experience of literature and see life from a variety of viewpoints
  • Acquire critical reading and thinking skills that enable them to develop biblically based discernment.
  • Develop their abilities to write clearly, attractively, and perceptively and learn to converse in the marketplace of ideas.
  • Prepare for advanced study 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 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).

Tuition Information

At The Master’s University, we believe every student deserves a solid education at a sensible price. Your college years should provide the foundation for the rest of your life, not a financial headache. Every student who attends The Master’s University is free to pursue their dreams and goals without overspending. Our tuition rates are especially attractive when compared to other private institutions.

 

The cost of the English degree is itemized as follows:

 

12 to 18 units, per semester

$15,250

Less than 12 units, per unit

$1,280

More than 18 units, per unit

$440

Summer or Winter Session, per unit

$310

Audit, per unit

$50

Transfer Information

It is possible to transfer credits from a separate institution to The Master’s University. There are many considerations that go into ruling what credits are transferrable. These include previous academic standing, GPA, number of credits being transferred, course types and the accreditation of your previous college. Learn more about this topic on our Transfer Policy page. Transfer Policy page.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for those who are interested in enrolling in the English program. Any student may apply for aid to facilitate their education. The two types of financial assistance at The Master’s University are gift aid and self-help aid. Grants and scholarships are examples of gift aid. Students who receive this type of assistance have no obligation to repay the amount received. Self-help aid is another option for our students. This assistance is paid back through work-study programs or loans. We believe students should have complete financial aid information at their fingertips. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more.

Career Paths

Graduates with English degrees can reach their potential in the following careers:

  • Copywriting
  • Content Marketing
  • News Reoprter
  • Journalism
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations

Careers for the English Major

The English major is not a career-specific major, such as accounting. Instead, alert and competent graduates with an English major have acquired a habit of thought and a range of skills that open opportunities for careers in a diversity of fields: teaching, missions, journalism, publishing, insurance, law, paralegal work, banking, personnel management, public relations, and government service. With additional specific training, graduates in English can enter these and other occupations, careers, and vocations.

California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English

Students desiring to obtain a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English complete the English major under the direction of an English faculty advisor. Currently (2010-11) the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires students to pass four assessment examinations (CSET series) as evidence of subject matter competence. Information about these examinations and other state requirements is available in the Department of English, the Department of Teacher Education and at http://www.cset.nesinc.com

Credit by Examination

Students entering fall 2010 or spring 2011 may receive credit by examination as follows:

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • Credit for E110 English Composition (3u.), score of 3 or better on the exam in Language and Composition (or) exam in Literature and Composition.
  • Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3u.) for test score of 3 or better on the exam in Literature and
  • Composition (but not Language and Composition); can fulfill 3 u. literature elective requirement.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • Credit for E110 English Composition (3u.) for a score of 55 or better on the Subject Examination in College
  • Composition (or) Subject Examination in Freshman College Composition.
  • Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3u.) for a score of 55 or better on the exam in Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; can fulfill 3 u. literature elective requirement.
  • Credit for E211 English Literature I (or) E212 English Literature II; three (3) units credit may be granted for score of 55 or better on the exam in English Literature; fulfills 3 u. literature survey requirement.
  • Credit for E231 American Literature I (or) E232 American Literature II; three (3) units lower-division credit may be granted for score of 55 or better on the exam in American Literature; fulfills 3 u. literature survey requirement.

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

Students desiring to obtain a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English complete the English major under the direction of an English faculty advisor. Currently (2010-11) the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires students to pass four assessment examinations (CSET series) as evidence of subject matter competence. Information about these examinations and other state requirements is available in the Department of English, the Department of Teacher Education and athttp://www.cset.nesinc.com

 

 

 

 

  • Credit for E110 English Composition (3u.), score of 3 or better on the exam in Language and Composition (or) exam in Literature and Composition.
  • Credit for E120 Introduction to Literature (3u.) for test score of 3 or better on the exam in Literature and Composition (but not Language and Composition); can fulfill 3 u. literature elective requirement.