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Bachelor of Arts in English

English: Unlock the English Language

How you use language has the power to shape society. When you study English, you gain access to essential communication tools, empowering you to express yourself and your ideas articulately and accurately.

The English major from Pensacola Christian College combines advanced grammar and diverse writing courses with a broad spectrum of literature classes. Through careful examination, you’ll be able to determine if a work holds up to the standards of master writers and biblical principles. Gain confidence in your critical thinking abilities by analyzing influential works and practice formulating and expressing opinions in response. You’ll thoroughly understand the value of creative thinking and problem-solving.

English serves as an excellent starting point for a variety of careers and pairs well with nearly any other major or minor, which can broaden your experience even more. You’ll graduate as a well-spoken, well-read professional, equipped to enter fields like law, writing, business, and education, or even seek higher education to sharpen your skills further.

Faith-Based English

Your English degree will build a solid foundation of biblical principles you can apply to what you read and absorb daily while presenting limitless career opportunities in diverse fields. You’ll draw closer to the Creator by studying the works of His greatest creation—man—and understanding man’s sin nature. In contrast, you’ll glimpse God’s orderliness in how he created language and allowed it to develop. By graduation, you’ll be equipped to defend truth, recognize beauty, and articulate what is good using both your experience and your close analysis of great works.

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English Major Learning Outcomes

As an English graduate, you will be equipped to

  • differentiate between the Christian-traditional view of language and the linguistic view of language;
  • critique trends in the English language from a traditional-Christian perspective;
  • analyze literature in light of the Bible, the meaning of the text, and the work’s historical and biographical context;
  • communicate effectively in academic prose and oral presentations; and
  • demonstrate skill in writing descriptions, narratives, and poetry.

Program Highlights

History and Trends of the English Language

This comprehensive course (EN 362) gives a wide-reaching view of the English language—past, present, and future. You’ll understand the context behind changes and alterations built over time and learn to take a stand for traditional English grammar and usage. See how your philosophy of language not only affects your speech but also can change your perspective on society’s linguistic trends as you engage in in-depth discussions with your peers.

Senior Literature Research Project

All your English courses culminate in an in-depth, independent study (EN 441) of a literary work of your choice. Further hone your critical research, analysis, and communication skills as you investigate a significant classic work. This project will serve as your capstone, empowering you to confidently start your career.

Your English Future

What can you do with an English major?

After you graduate, your options are practically endless. Because you gain excellent communication skills, the ability to think critically, and a wealth of knowledge to pull from, your degree can open many professional doors for you in a variety of fields. You’ll grow into a well-rounded, flexible professional, ready to take on higher education or enter the workforce directly.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Author
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Proofreader
  • Public Relations
  • Teacher

Here are a few of the grad schools our English alumni have attended.

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Knox Theological Seminary
  • Liberty University
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Missouri State University
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Northwest University
  • Regent University
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • Westminster Theological Seminary

Here are a few of the many places that our English alumni have worked.

  • Abeka
  • Answers in Genesis
  • Bob Jones University Press
  • Bymaster Bankruptcy Law Office
  • Cedarville University
  • Compassion International
  • Cumberland City Public Library
  • Frederick Christian Academy, Frederick, MD
  • Hampton Industries, Inc.
  • Lititz Public Library
  • Leadership Institute
  • National Federation of Republican Women
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • St. John’s County School Board

Faculty Highlight

Mrs. Lauren McIntyre

Mrs. Lauren McIntyre

B.A., M.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.A., Mercy College
Doctoral study: Faulkner University

“More than a ‘reading major,’ English is a major of ideas and communication. It is a gateway to many graduate programs and non-vocationally specific professions. Through studying language and literature, English students get to see God’s image reflected in man’s words and creativity while at the same time recognizing man’s need for restoration. By thinking about how language helps man express his ideas, the English major becomes better adept at reaching out and connecting with people.

The English major prepares students for future careers in education, library sciences, civic services, law, and publishing. It gives them the linguistic skills to communicate ideas by teaching students how to adapt their writing to the circumstance. It also gives students a safe place to practice defending Truth, recognize Beauty, and articulate what is Good. These are the pillars of the critical thinking that will enable a student to go into any post-graduate profession and be able to drive ideas, build relationships, and cultivate healthy workplace cultures.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Jessica Hall
Jessica Hall ’20

Advertising Writing Editor at Pensacola Christian College

“PCC definitely strengthened my skills and established my love and respect for both language and literature. Communication and discernment are two necessary skills for anyone to possess. The English program instills both, building a foundation that graduates can take with them anywhere.

As an editor, my job is not only looking for the missing comma but also knowing the potential of language and how to communicate best. I am required to keep aware of the movement of language, where trends are taking it and if those trends align with an ethical standpoint. Courses such as History and Trends of the English Language emphasized the application of biblical worldview to language, a skill which I use daily in my job. Earning a bachelor’s degree not only gave me the footing I needed to enter my career, but it also gave me the confidence I needed in my job.”

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About the English Program

The purpose of the English major is for students to glorify God as the Creator of language by displaying order, upholding standards, interpreting language scripturally, building discernment, and communicating effectively. Students majoring in English are prepared to enter the fields of law, writing, business, education, and many other fields.

Students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

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Career Fair

English Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.