The English Major cultivates a critical understanding of the human experience across time, place, and cultures. It develops skills for research, analysis, and communication that enable graduates to engage the world in which they serve in thoughtful, constructive, and creative ways. Graduates may pursue a variety of career paths in fields such as education, writing, editing, publishing, public relations, and communications.

English program imageStudents will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty passionate about each student’s success. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs combine a Bible & Theology Major and Arts & Sciences Core with concentrations available in Literature and Rhetoric & Writing. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). 


The Literature concentration equips students to read, interpret, analyze, and write about literature.

The Rhetoric & Writing concentration trains students in rhetoric and composition for a variety of applications, including technical and professional writing, creative writing, and journalism.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Write persuasively and communicate effectively.
  • Understand and employ scholarly, academic research skills appropriate for the study of literature.
  • Appreciate the distinctiveness and richness of diverse societies and cultures in order to read and write from an inclusive and empathetic worldview.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Survey of World Literature
African Literature & Cultures
Film & Literature
British Modernism
Women Writers in World Literature
Writing: Rhetorical Theory & Investigative Research
Technical & Professional Writing

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective