Bachelor of Arts

OCU’s English program requires its majors to critically explore the aesthetic nature of literature with a genuine curiosity to uncover absolute truth, which defines a Biblical worldview. In addition, English majors will discover personal enrichment and rhetorical flexibility as they practice writing skills in various discourse forms found in public, professional, and academic contexts. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s English program provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively. in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
  • Display competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Synthesize the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Analyze the historical and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Apply an advanced understanding of program objectives, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

 

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

Elective Math, Science, or Computer Elective 2 credits

Student must complete 2 hours of electives in Mathematics, Science, or Technology.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.  Recommended completion of LA101.

Offered every spring.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.

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MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

Humanities

Students must complete 5 hours of humanities electives via 2 of the following 3 categories: Fine Arts (including art/music appreciation courses and ensemble/band/chorale hours), History/Government, Philosophy/Ethics.

RELIGION - 18 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

This class enables students to apply the theology of a Christian Worldview to real world circumstances. Students will apply a Christian Worldview to the postmodern path to faith. They will demonstrate tolerance in dialog with persons who espouse faiths and philosophies different than their own. Additionally, special attention will be paid to self-reflection regarding the level of fidelity they maintain to their own worldviews. Many of the class assignments will require the student to work in the context of a team.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every spring.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 24 Credits

Students must complete twenty-four (24) hours of General Electives to fulfill the requirements for this program.

ENGLISH MAJOR - 36 Credits

LA302 Introduction to Literature 3 credits

This course is an introductory survey of literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. The course emphasizes development of the student’s ability to read critically and analytically and write in response to the literature.

Offered every spring.

ENG2260 American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a survey in American literature from the beginnings through 1865. The syllabus is therefore designed to introduce students to a variety of different writers—such as Benjamin Franklin, Catharine Sedgwick, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson—and consider how literature and culture changed from the colonial period through the early national period and the antebellum. In doing so, students will also explore the different forms popular in these periods, from sermons and autobiographies to short stories, poems, and novels.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG2280 American Literature II, 1865 to Present 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores foundational works of the period, focusing on the American literary consciousness and shifting literary strategies, against their historical and cultural backgrounds. Attention is given to canonical works, as well as works that expand that canon from 1865 to the present.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3260 British Literature I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the critical and historical approaches to the writers of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, and Milton.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3280 British Literature II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the critical and historical approaches to the writers of the long Eighteenth Century, the Romantic period, and the Victorian Age, including Pope, Swift, Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3400 Editing Essentials 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on editing written texts at three levels: for correctness (grammar, mechanics, spelling and punctuation); for precision (unity, order, coherence, emphasis); and for style (syntax, level of detail, tone, diction, voice). Students will perform close analysis of surface features of their own and professional writing, and they will complete exercises designed to strengthen their ability to edit written texts at the three levels named above.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG3800 Professional and Technical Writing 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on effective writing for careers in business, law, government, and ministry. Strategies for research and writing of correspondence and reports will be explored with emphasis on understanding and responding to a variety of communication tasks. Attention will be given to the rhetorical concerns of author, audience, text, and purpose as well as clear organization and a professional style.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4000 Literary Criticism 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the analysis, interpretation, and critical response to literature. Students will analyze how the formal elements of literature contribute to meaning within a Christian worldview. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive and analytical essays. Ultimately, students will learn to differentiate between various genres of literature and how literature has changed over time. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher-level literature courses.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4100 18th Century Novel 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the origins and development of the novel as a literary form through the eighteenth century.  English majors will read and consider works by a number of canonical authors and innovators of the novel over the course of the eighteenth century. In addition, students will become familiar not only with important figures in the novel’s development but also with the main novel genres produced. Students will examine criminal, realist, sentimental, and Gothic novels.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4200 History and Nature of the English Language 3 credits 5 weeks

This course considers the origin and nature of language, semantics, intercultural communication, the history of English, and current issues and trends in grammar and linguistics, with application to life, literature, and the mass media. The course also examines the structure and vocabulary of English through its major periods: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English. The course focuses on changes in sounds (phonology), in forms of words and their endings (morphology), in sentence structure (syntax), in spelling (orthography), in meanings of words (semantics), and in vocabulary (lexicon). In the course of study, some attention is also given to social and political factors affecting the language.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4400 Modern Rhetorical Theory 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introduction to modern rhetoric—the theory and practice of communication in our own times as informed by a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans but has been reinterpreted to account for the shifting contexts of modern life. This course focuses primarily upon the study of twentieth and twenty-first century rhetorical theory and theorists. Students will address a variety of topics, including rhetoric, science, and argumentation; rhetoric and meaning; dramatism; critical approaches to rhetoric; gendered rhetorical theories; non-Western rhetorical theories; rhetoric, media, and technology; postmodern approaches to rhetoric; and cultural studies. Students will also consider a variety of approaches to rhetorical criticism that influences professional and technical communication.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100

ENG4800 Capstone Course (Writing for Publication) 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the practice of writing for publication in various genres and technologies. The intent is to help graduating students increase the number of opportunities they will have to publish academic and workplace manuscripts that acknowledge the distinctive requirements and expectations of each discourse community. Students will become familiar with academic journals in their field of study, prepare a developing manuscript for future publication, and provide peer reviews of colleagues’ articles. In addition, students will explore the various genres and shifting technologies employed in the area of workplace and ministry communication that use traditional forms (newspaper, periodicals, radio/TV) as well as emerging forms (corporate blogs and social media, mobile, and online methods) to reach an increasingly more sophisticated and demanding reader.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100