Turn your passion for reading and writing into a career. Gain the communication and research skills needed in the workplace today. Learn to think critically and write effectively. Welcome to SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature.
Classes are generally small. The literature courses, for example, average about 20 students and the writing courses about 15 students, allowing professors to keep the classes lively and highly interactive. You won't ever find yourself sitting in a huge auditorium, struggling to follow along with a lecture. In fact, some of the most unique learning opportunities might take place outside the classroom.
Because of SNHU's ideal location in the heart of New England, the birthplace of American literature, professors often build in visits to historic literary sites such as Walden Pond to add depth to the subject matter.
While people often think that a BA in English Language and Literature prepares students only to be teachers or writers, that's not the case at all. Our undergraduate program is designed to give you a broad skill set that translates well in virtually any field. This includes:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in English language and literature at SNHU include:
Because of the strong emphasis on writing, research and critical analysis, the English Language and Literature program opens up a world of options after graduation beyond teaching. Many ELL majors go on to become lawyers, corporate communications executives, advertising and public relations specialists, consultants, historians and more. Although some of these career paths may require additional degrees or training, an ELL degree can provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which to build.
The English Language and Literature BA includes an extensive overview of American and British literature and a sampling of world literature. You will also be required to take courses in literary theory, the English language, and Shakespeare. Optional courses include Pop Fiction, World Mythology, and writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and drama.
SNHU's bachelor's in english language and literature program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Assuming little or no previous exposure to its content, this course offers vocabulary, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts of history, religious settings, literature and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance, while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of HUM 202.
Assuming little or no previous exposure to its content, this course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts of history, music, literature, and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism and Early Modernism, while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of HUM 201.
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts.
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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