Bachelor of Arts in English

Entertain. Convey important messages. Make a difference through the skillful use of words.

Do you dream of writing for a living? At Pfeiffer, you can learn the craft of writing — and become an expert in the art as well. By the time you graduate, you will find your voice, possess the skills to write with style and qualify to apply to competitive graduate programs.

Or perhaps you are interested in teaching English in secondary school or preparing for professional programs such as law or business administration? The reading, writing and critical thinking skills delivered through our English program serve as excellent preparation for careers in education, public service, mass communications, public relations and advertising.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate English degree program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


Our English degree program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 36 semester hours (SH).

Requirements for a Major in English (38-39 SH)

Core Courses (14-15 SH)

  • ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 332 The English Language
  • ENGL 333 English Colloquialisms
  • ENGL 495 Internship or ENGL 490 Directed Research
  • ENGL 500 Seminar/Senior Thesis

Survey Courses (9 SH)

At least one semester from each of the two-semester surveys; American Literature, British Literature, World Literature in Translation.

Electives (15 SH)

Six additional courses selected from the English offerings. Two electives may be selected from outside the English major with permission of the department chair when the student provides a rationale for their relevance to the student's learning objectives. At least two electives must be at the 300 level.

Creative Writing Concentration:

The following courses will be treated as electives in the major for completion of the creative writing concentration.

  • ENGL 215 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 208 Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 213 Introduction to Short Fiction
  • ENGL 445 Creative Writing Tutorial

Foreign Language Requirement

Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent thereof are required of all English majors. Meet this requirement through departmental examination, completion of any two three-credit courses of any foreign language at any level or completion of at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country.

Note: English majors planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level.

Requirements for a Minor in English (18 SH)

Core Courses

  • ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies

Participation in the English Colloquium  for at least one academic year.
Four additional courses in English.

Additionally, take two courses chosen from courses numbered 217-360, and two courses numbered 400 or above.

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Secondary Education Teaching Licensure

If you are interested in teaching grades 7-12, visit our secondary education teaching licensure certificate page.

The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Division of Education

Visit the division of education page to find out more information about:

  • Application for admission to the education program
  • Student teaching
  • Pfeiffer’s AIG (academically and intellectually gifted) add-on licensure program
  • Education-specific scholarship programs
  • Pfeiffer University’s CAEP National Accreditation (through 2021)

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Would you like to work as a writer, editor or journalist? Are you interested in digital content management or technical writing? A degree in English is an effective springboard for a wide variety of creative careers.

Ready to get started? Apply now.

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