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The Department of English at The Master’s University regards the study of language and literature as central to the 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 God’s truth (e.g. the 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.

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

  • We study culture to understand it and by consequence understand ourselves.

  • Through learning at Master’s U we focus on gaining right perceptions, sound judgment, critical thinking skills, all the while walking in obedience to our Savior.

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

Bachelor of Arts in English

Degree Checklist


  • General
  • English Education

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