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Literature changes the way we view the world. As an English major, you’ll deepen your understanding of the world through literature, as well as learn to express your original thoughts and insights through writing and speech. Flexibility within the program allows you to double major or minor in an additional field of interest, so you can study Harry Potter in British Literature or develop your creative writing, while expanding your repertoire of skills for multiple career paths. With an English degree, you’ll be prepared with the invaluable skill of effectively communicating across a wide variety of formats, texts and styles.


  • Pursue your unique interests with courses like American Wilderness Literature, Visual Rhetoric and Drama Practicum
  • A tailorable final project offers opportunities to pursue creative expression though scriptwriting, poetry and recorded stories
  • Participate in cross-cultural learning experiences, such as study abroad in England
  • Gain insight into relevant career opportunities through the Job of the Week series

Career opportunities

Approximately half of our students go on to careers in teaching through the secondary teaching emphasis. Graduates also pursue careers in library science, writing, journalism, counseling, ministry, business, law and various positions in media.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

English (AA-T) to English, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • COM 110   Written Communication (3)
    • LIT 180   Introduction to Literature (3)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites (9 Units)

COM 110Written Communication3
COM 120Oral Communication3
LIT 180Introduction to Literature3

Required Courses (Minimum Units: 49)

Core Courses

COM 345Composition Theory and Writing3
COM 395Text and Performance3
COM 480Narrative3
LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
LIT 415Shakespeare3
LIT 460Critical Approaches to Literature3

Literature Courses

Select one of the following

LIT 355American Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century3
LIT 360American Literature: 20th Century3
PHIL 430Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature3

Select one of the following

LIT 400Medieval Life, Thought and Literature3
LIT 420English Literature: Romantic and Victorian Literature3
LIT 425English Literature: 20th Century Literature3

Select two of the following

LIT 364Hispanic Literature of the United States3
LIT 370The Novel3
LIT 380World Theater: Roots to 18003
LIT 385World Theater: 1800 to Present3
LIT 448Multicultural Literature3
SPAN 445Latin American Literature3

Language Courses

Select one of the following

COM 350Visual Rhetoric3
COM 455Philosophy of Language3
LANG 350Modern English Grammar3

Writing Courses

Select two of the following

COM 300Creative Writing: Fiction3
COM 310Creative Writing: Poetry3
COM 320Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
COM 330Writing and Reading Journalism3

Internships and Practica

Select one of the following

COM 155Journalism Practicum1 - 2
COM 340Composition Practicum1
COM 365Media Practicum1 - 2
COM 496Communication Internship1 - 3
THTR 315Drama Practicum: The Company2
THTR 496Drama Internship1 - 3
LIT 496Literature Internship1 - 3

Students may write in another internship or practicum with program mentor approval.


In consultation with a program mentor, select three additional courses from those listed above under Literature Courses, Language Courses and Writing Courses or from the following list

BUS 301Business Writing3
COM 335Legal Research and Writing3
COM 346Scriptwriting3
COM 355Digital Video Production I3
COM 360Digital Video Production II3
COM 368Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
COM 370Audio Production3
COM 380Film Studies3
COM 385Cinematography: Visual Story Telling3
COM 390UI/UX Web Design3
COM 400Intercultural Communication3
COM 410Media and Society3
COM 420Conflict Management and Resolution3
COM 430Group Dynamics and Leadership3
COM 440Performance and Culture3
COM 450Communication Theory3
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 364Classical Mythology3
HIST 385Early Modern Europe4
LANG 310First and Second Language Acquisition3
LANG 420Teaching English as an Additional Language3
LIT 405England in the Renaissance World3
LIT 426English Literature: C.S. Lewis3
LIT 449Literature and Film3
LIT 465Literature for Children and Young Adults3
LIT 486Topics in Literature1 - 3
SPAN 440Peninsular Literature3
THTR 350Acting3
THTR 355Creative Drama3
THTR 360Directing and Staging Texts3


This program has optional emphases

Program director

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Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, English


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Fran Martens Friesen, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Humanities

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Daniel Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English