Undergraduate Major - 40 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Study the language, stories and poetry that shapes our lives. Students sharpen their communication skills, and explore literature, critical theory, cultural studies, and creative writing to prepare for careers in a world shaped increasingly by the powers of text, imagination and tale.

Program Description:

BVU’s English major cultivates teachers, scholars, poets, critical thinkers, and lifelong lovers of learning. The program guides students through surveys and advanced courses in classical and modern literatures, language and various forms of genres of composition and creative writing. Our students are trained to read perceptively and write sharply, which are skills employers have, and will always, look for. The English program prepares students for a broad spectrum of career opportunities.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Communications
  • Government roles
  • International relations
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

English Major Courses

  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 320 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 490 Major Portfolio
  • ENGL 491 Senior Seminar
  • 1 elective ENGL 300 or above
  • 1 elective ENGL 370 or above
  • 2 elective ENGL 400 or above
Admissions criteria for the English program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the English program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.


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