English (B.A.)

Degree Type
Degree/Major
Area of Interest
Humanities and Languages
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Education, Engineering, Letters, and Sciences
FourYearPlan

Viterbo’s English program allows students to explore the power of words and language, while discovering and refining their own voice in a rapidly communicating world. With both writing and literature emphases, Viterbo students have the opportunity to study the styles of accomplished storytellers while developing core creative writing, editing, critical thinking, research, and communication skills that employers seek.  

Policy
  • Students majoring in English must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in English courses in order to continue in the English program. Any student whose English GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on probation for one semester. If the English GPA is not raised to at least 2.0 by the end of this one-semester grace period, the student may not enroll in additional English courses as an English major. No student will be allowed to graduate as an English major if his/her GPA in English courses is below 2.0.
  • A student who fails ENGL 255 twice will be dismissed from the English major.
  • All English majors write senior theses. Senior English majors propose and gain approval for their planned theses, complete senior theses in ENGL 481, and defend the thesis in public panel presentations. For the last English major student learning outcome, transferring skills to work, a reflective essay, up-to-date resume, and other materials will be required.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to read analytically         
    • Lit. texts—genre, context
    • Expository texts
    • Multi-modal texts
  • Demonstrate the ability to write effectively—2 out of 3
    • Creative texts
    • Expository texts
    • Multi-modal texts
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and document proficiently
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer skills to work
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Serving the Common Good course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    All majors in the School of Humanities are required to complete one of the following as part of the baccalaureate degree requirements: A minor from any discipline on campus, a year of study in the same language, a study abroad or immersion experience. Please see the university catalog or your advisor for more details. Certain circumstances may warrant a modification of the above and your advisor can explain those circumstances.
  • Completed Requirement (CMPL-XXX)
    Complete three classes (nine credits minimum) of world language in preferably one, but not more than two languages.
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.