EnglishThe faculty of the English major at Bryan College approach each course with an intellectual rigor that grows out of our love for the Lord and our subject.

We expect students enrolled in our courses to develop that same rigor. To that end, we are both broad and deep in treatment of the subject matter for each course. We want students to learn to express their ideas through clear, persuasive writing.  We believe that a critical element in “making a difference in our world” is developing the ability to say what we mean and to mean what we say, and we place a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking skills which will make that possible.

The faculty believe that right handling of truth and the text is something to which we are all called. Therefore, we are committed to providing you with a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of language, literature, and writing.

We will help you see literature and writing through the lens of scripture and develop a Biblical worldview which will enable you to make wise and ethical decisions in a society that challenges the very foundations of life and language.

Further, we are committed to sending you into graduate schools or professional venues with confidence in your ability to pursue your goals firmly grounded in the word of truth.

Literature Option

Literature Option

English Literature is a course of study designed to give students an overview of literature, grammar, and writing, which is both broad and deep.  Beyond the standard surveys of literature, this major offers a wide variety of courses which explore specific authors, eras, and genres.

Secondary Licensure Option

Secondary Licensure Option

Secondary Licensure is a complete English major offered in cooperation with the Department of Education which prepares students for a career in teaching.


  • Creative Writing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Literature
  • Writing

Sampling of Classes

  • Lewis and Tolkien
  • African American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Major Victorian Poets

Graduate Schools

  • Oxford University
  • University of Chicago
  • St. Andrews University, Scotland
  • University of Tennessee
  • Clemson University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Louisiana
  • University of Illinois

Potential Jobs

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Librarian
  • School Administrator
  • Business Executive
  • Research

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