Bachelor of Arts

The written word inspires. Makes you feel, dream, grow. Share your vision with others and become a writer. Whether you author your own book or write for a website, TU’s English major gives you the foundation in creative writing, literature and editing to achieve your dream. Our grads use their degree to become journalists, editors, speechwriters and market researchers.

People who can write well are always in demand. From creative writing, script writing and public relations writing, to editing – it’s all relevant to a host of in-demand careers. Tiffin University’s English Majors study with professors who have worked in a variety of fields that demand good writers. In short, this is as real as it gets!

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours

English Major 48 hours

  • CUL443 Comparative Mythology
  • ENG221 History of the English Language 
  • ENG223 Advanced Grammar 
  • ENG291 British Literature I (Old English to 18th C)
  • ENG292 British Literature II (Romantics to WWII) 
  • ENG293 American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) 
  • ENG294 American Literature II (Civil War to present) 
  • ENG380 Shakespeare 
  • ENG422 World Literature 
  • ENG453 Major Authors in British and American Lit. 
  • ENG463 Literary Theory

One of the following: 

  • ENG499 Senior Seminar 
  • SAS470 Internship

One of the following:

  • CUL448 Women and Literature 
  • CUL449 Minority Experience in American Literature

One of the following

  • CUL351 History of Film in Society 
  • CUL352 Film Genre and History 
  • ENG350 History of Dramatic Literature

One of the following:

  • ENG347 American Novel 
  • ENG348 British Novel

One of the following:

  • COM329 Writing for Electronic Media 
  • ENG251, 252, 253 or 254 Creative Writing Workshop  
  • ENG262 Editing

Total BA hours 121-123 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

History of the English Language (ENG221) - This course studies language and writing with a special emphasis on the history and evolution of English from its origins in Old English through Middle English to Modern English. It may look at British English, American English, and World English's and how words are adopted into the language and adapted to meet new needs. Students will study the English language as an ever-growing, ever-changing phenomenon.

Advanced Grammar (ENG223) - This course is an in-depth study of modern English grammar that blends descriptive and prescriptive approaches. It emphasizes the distinction between grammatical form and function and the recognition of basic patterns underlying complex sentences, and it stresses the rhetorical value of competency in sentence-level grammar.
British Literature I (Old English through the Restoration) (ENG291) - This course is a survey of the major literary works and their themes in British literature from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries. By responding critically to early works such as the Old English epic Beowulf, Middle English works by authors such as Chaucer and Langland, Renaissance works by authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, More, and Restoration and eighteenth-century works by Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Johnson, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, societal, political, religious, and linguistic influences that shaped British literature. This is a writing intensive course.     

American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) (ENG293) - This course will introduce students to major trends in American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Students will read works by authors such as John Winthrop, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville with a focus on issues such as American identity and purpose, the relationship of self to community, the role of religion in early American life, the impact of secularism, the value and the limits of human reason, and the role of imaginative expression in human life. This is a writing intensive course. 
Literary Theory (ENG463) - This course is a study of critical theory beginning with selected classical texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Dryden, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, and others. Approaches such as Marxist, psychological, structural, post-structural, feminist, reader-response, and contemporary theorists, such as Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Francois Lyotard will also be discussed and analyzed. Through examination of sample texts and the theoretical approaches to their analysis, students will learn to move from literal to figurative interpretations of a work of literature and to consider multiple interpretations of a text. The interrelationships between writer, reader, and analysis will be explored though advanced critical theory. This is a writing intensive course. 

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Government Grant or Speech Writer
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Script Editor or Writer
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer

  • Digital Publisher
  • Professional Writer
  • Software System Designer
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Optimization


Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D
Dr. Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D Associate Professor of Education
Tiffanie Goff
Tiffanie Goff Instructor of English
Vincent Moore
Dr. Vincent Moore, Ph.D. Professor of English
Brandon Clay
Brandon Clay Assistant Professor of English and American Literature
Dr. Mary Grennen, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Grennen, Ph.D. Director of Theatre Arts / Associate Professor of English
Dr. Jennifer Young, Ph.D
Dr. Jennifer Young, Ph.D Assistant Professor of English
Jamie Marinis
Jamie Marinis Instructor of English / Director of First-Year Experience


  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • "I chose Tiffin because it is a university with people from all parts of the world, and the fact I could be here and meet all of them is simply amazing. Better yet, I came here for swimming and it was an honor for me to be a part of TU’s newest athletic program.”

    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

  • "I chose TU because of its reputation for excellence, national recognition, many extracurricular opportunities and because it offers in a small, diverse college environment. I have learned the significance of academics, leadership, diversity, communication, and relationships. TU allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in order to lead and inspire. It has prepared me to make wise and imperative decisions that will benefit me in my career and my life.”

    – Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

Have a Question?