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Bachelor's in English

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Arts in English via IWU Marion is a program that harmonizes the timeliness of contemporary relevance with the timelessness of classical literature and language. As you venture through this bachelor’s in English program, you will be immersed in a comprehensive liberal arts education that delves deep into literature and language, offering a rich exploration of the human condition and the development of exceptional communication skills. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth. This robust foundation prepares our graduates for an array of professional pathways, including careers in higher education, business, the public sector, law, healthcare, social services, and editing.

What Will I Learn in this English Major Program?

The flexibility of the program allows students to either minor in English to enhance another IWU major or to pair the bachelor’s in English with a secondary focus, such as Writing, Philosophy, History, or Religion. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that students receive a well-rounded education that broadens their perspectives and enhances their employability.

At the heart of our program is a dedicated faculty from the Division of Modern Language and Literature, who are not only highly qualified and internationally recognized but also deeply committed to mentoring students through a Christian worldview. These professionals not only instruct but also learn alongside students, guiding them as they discover their vocations and encouraging them to utilize language in a manner that glorifies God. Our graduates emerge as men and women of letters, fully equipped to navigate and harness the power of language, one of God's most profound gifts to humanity.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in English program at Indiana Wesleyan University today!

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Coursework for your bachelor’s in English covers:

Coursework for this BA in Writing program covers how to:

  • A comprehensive liberal arts background alongside an in-depth exploration of literature and language, equipping them with a broad perspective on various genres, periods, and cultural contexts
  • Advanced skills in both written and oral communication, fostering an ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and persuasively in multiple contexts
  • A nuanced understanding of the human condition through literary studies, enabling them to analyze and empathize with diverse human experiences and perspectives
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills developed through the study of literary theory, criticism, and the history of the English language, preparing them for successful careers in a wide range of fields including education, publishing, law, and beyond

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • English Language and Literature Teachers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Adult Basic and Secondary Education
  • Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
  • Literacy Teachers and Instructors
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Communicator and Lecturer
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Professional Writer
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Interpreters and Translators

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  1. Completion of at least 124 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a major GPA of 2.25 or higher or as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  4. Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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