English Liberal Arts

Program Goals

The English Program is committed to providing quality education in two areas. The English Liberal Arts major leads to a BA degree that prepares students for further study in graduate or professional school. A special "Pre-Law Track" of the English Liberal Arts major is designed for students who plan on attending law school; it enables them to minor in an appropriate secondary field, such as history, philosophy, or political science. The English Education major leads to a BS degree that is designed to produce graduates who are certified to teach English in public and private secondary education.

Outcomes

  • Explain the historical development of Anglophone literature; in particular, the major phases of English, American, and African American literatures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze significant esthetic and ethical aspects of major works of literature produced by Anglophone writers: English, American, African American, African, and others and to apply a range of terms and concepts of literary analysis, literary theory, and methodology.
  • Describe the structure and history of the English language, and the phonological and morphological aspects of the language. Complete college-level writing assignments in the discipline which reflect the following competencies:
    • ​(a) effective use of standard academic English Mastery of the MLA conventions for presenting research;
    • (b) appropriate use and integration of relevant secondary sources on literary topics (using library and web-based resources;
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate communication technologies for research purposes.
  • Make oral presentations, including an oral defense of a senior thesis to an audience of professors

Requirements

English Liberal Arts Program

The English Liberal Arts Program is committed to producing student scholars who demonstrate proficiency in the skills of textual analysis, critical thinking, and articulate written and oral communication. They will be familiar with the major works of literature written in English, especially those of the British, the American, and the African-American literary traditions. They will understand the history and structure of the English language, and will be practiced in its rhetorical forms. They will be prepared for further study in graduate school (literature, rhetoric) and in professional school (law, medicine, business), and for any career path that calls for strong analytic and communication skills.

University Core Specific Requirement Credits
Language: 101 and 102 level 8
Total University Core Specific Requirement 8 credits
Course Credits
ENG 211 - English Literature I 3
ENG 212 - English Literature II 3
ENG 214 - Literary Criticism 3
ENG 301 - American Literature 3
ENG 319 - African-American Literature 3
ENG 384 - Linguistics I 3
ENG 410 - Theory and Development of the Novel 3
ENG 413 - Senior Seminar I -Primary Discourse 3
Select One Literature elective 3
One Major Figure course (ENG-304, ENG-401, ENG-402) 3
Three Departmental Electives 9
ENG 414 - Senior Seminar II 3
Foreign Language (201 and 202) 8
Total 50 credits

English Liberal Arts Pre-Law Track


The American Bar Association advises students that any major can prepare students for law school and a career in law. A writing-intensive and research focused major is an especially great precursor to the intense research and writing in law school.

The English Liberal Arts Pre-Law Track has these advantages:

  • Offers numerous research opportunities for textual analysis,
  • Emphasizes written and oral communications skills,
  • Allows students to take the four courses within the major that Lincoln University’s PLUS Program (Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars) has developed for students.
  • Prepares students for the LSAT and admission to law school.
  • Encourages students to add a minor in another department (e.g. History, Philosophy, Political Science and Spanish) that may also emphasize research and writing.
University Core Specific Requirement Credits
Language: 101 and 102 level 8
Total University Core Specific Requirement 8 credits
Course Credits
ENG 211 - English Literature I 3
ENG 212 - English Literature II 3
ENG 214 - Literary Criticism 3
ENG 301 - American Literature 3
ENG 384 - Linguistics I 3
ENG 319 - African-American Literature 3
ENG 320 - Studies in African American Lit. 3
ENG 410 - Theory and Development of the Novel 3
One Major Figure course (ENG-304, ENG-401, ENG-402) 3
ENG 413 - Senior Seminar I -Primary Discourse 3
ENG 414 - Senior Seminar II 3
Four Pre-Law Track Courses (PLUS)  
PHL 217 - Critical Reasoning 3
POL 310 - Race and American Law 3
ENG 314 - Legal Analysis and Writing 3
Select one (1):
POL 400 - Legal Problem Solving
POL 204 - Legal Systems
SOC 301 - Law and Society
POL 401 - Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PHL 303 - Legal Philosophy
BUS 334 - Business Law
COM 404 - Media Law and Ethics
3
Foreign Language (201 and 202) 8
Total Pre-Law Track 53 credits

English Liberal Arts Writing and Visual Rhetoric Track

University Core Specific Requirement Credits
Language: 101 and 102 level 8
Total University Core Specific Requirement 8 credits
Course Credits
ENG 211 - English Literature I 3
ENG 212 - English Literature II 3
ENG 214 - Literary Criticism 3
ENG 301 - American Literature 3
ENG 384 - Linguistics I 3
ENG 319 - African-American Literature 3
ENG 320 - Studies in African American Lit. 3
ENG 410 - Theory and Development of the Novel 3
One Major Figure course (ENG-304, ENG-401, ENG-402) 3
ENG 413 - Senior Seminar I -Primary Discourse 3
ENG 414 - Senior Seminar II 3
Four Writing and Visual Rhetoric Courses  
ENG 250 Intro to Cinema 3
ENG 311 Advanced Composition 3
ENG 312 Creative Writing 3
ENG 325 Screenwriting 3
Foreign Language (201 and 202) 8
Total Writing and Visual Rhetoric Track 53 credits

English Minor

Course Credits
ENG 214 - Literary Criticism 3
One Literature Survey Course:
ENG 211 - English Literature I
ENG 212 - English Literature II
ENG 301 - American Literature
ENG 319 - African-American Literature
3
Select Four (4) English Electives: 12
Total English Minor 18 credits