traditional undergraduate on campus


Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in English prepares you to enter any of the numerous fields that prize creativity, critical thinking, writing acumen and the ability to create and communicate convincing arguments and content. Beyond building a strong foundation in English, you’ll tailor your coursework to match your interests and goals by choosing from concentrations in literature or creative writing.

Program Benefits

  • Graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to be competitive in a wide variety of career options. 
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market. 

What to Expect

Your English degree from Trevecca provides incredible flexibility in both your coursework and in your career. A wide range of courses spans both canonical and contemporary writers in many genres of literature, so you can choose the classes that match your interests and goals. You’ll take nine core literature courses before branching into either the literature concentration or the creative writing concentration. Both English concentrations can be paired with any minor on campus to more specifically tailor your education.

At Trevecca, your education continues outside of the classroom, where you can hone your craft in supportive writing workshops dedicated to fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. You can also attend on-campus readings and author events hosted by the English department. Or you can gain editing experience as a member of the editorial staff of The Cumberland River Review, our national literary journal that was developed as part of Trevecca’s robust undergraduate research program called FLARE (Faculty-Led Academic Research Experience). The journal gives students a chance to select, edit and publish the writing of nationally recognized writers rather than the student submissions typically published in campus publications. Past students have also attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Los Angeles to attend panel discussions, build professional network relationships and to represent The Cumberland River Review at the conference book fair. 

The flexibility of an English degree doesn’t end with graduation. With your English degree, you’ll be well-equipped to teach or pursue graduate studies. You’ll also be prepared to enter exciting fields like publishing and editing, freelance writing, public relations, market-research analysis, content strategy, medical humanities, brand management, teaching, and more. 

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. You’ll be taught to elucidate and defend a biblical worldview and to view literature from all eras through a biblical framework. At Trevecca, you’ll earn your English degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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The Honors Thesis Award in Literature in the Department of English is a competitive award that results in a 35-page research project. The thesis, produced in cooperation with a faculty mentor, will culminate in an oral presentation and submission to a scholarly journal. 

Program Requirements and Overview

  • To qualify for the program, a student must have taken at least six English courses, achieved a 3.65 GPA in the major and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • All submissions being equal, special consideration will be given to applicants whose projects fulfill the department and University’s mission to integrate faith and scholarship. 
  • Upon successful completion, the student will receive the highest distinction the University can bestow at the departmental level. 

Interested students should contact the Department of English for more information.

Career Opportunities

With your English degree, you’ll be positioned for a career in publishing, editing, writing, teaching, non-profit work, marketing, content development, public relations and more. More specifically, English majors are equipped for roles like these:

  • University teaching
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Freelance writing
  • High school teaching
  • K-12 administration
  • Middle school teaching
  • Law School (J.D.)
  • Business graduate school (MBA)
  • Public relations 
  • Fundraising
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Market research analysis
  • Library science
  • Technical writing
  • Proofreading
  • Marketing
  • Medical humanities
  • Content strategy
  • Consulting
  • Brand management

An English degree from Trevecca prepares students to enter any number of fields that prize creativity, critical thinking, writing acumen and the ability to make sustained and convincing arguments. The following list contains a few of the specific positions accepted by recent Trevecca English graduates.

  • Reader, Raven Quill Literary Agency 
  • Developmental Editor, Center for Action and Contemplation
  • Writer/Copy Editor, HealthStream 
  • Writer, Barna Group 
  • Resource Management Librarian, Austin Peay State University 
  • MA/MFA Candidate, Simmons University
  • MFA Candidate, Western Kentucky University
  • MFA Candidate, Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Baylor University 
  • MSIS Candidate, University of Tennessee 
  • English Department Chair, Lighthouse Christian School
  • English Teacher, Davidson County Schools
  • English as a Second Language Teacher, Rutherford County
  • English Teacher, The International School of Kabul (Afghanistan) 
  • English Teacher, Rutherford County Schools 
  • English Teacher, Rainier, Washington, School System
  • Digital Solutions Manager, HarperCollins Publishers 
  • Relocations Product Manager, Agilent Technologies
  • Program Manager, Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee
  • J.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Associate, Law Office of Kimberlee A. Waterhouse 
  • Controller, Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Founder, Crystal K. Martel Photography 
  • Client Service Associate, Fisher Investments
  • Loan Officer Assistant, Interlinc Mortgage
  • Development Associate, American Conservative Union
  • Software Engineer, Citizens Bank
  • Data Analyst, A. O. Smith Corporation

“Trevecca’s English department provides rigorous classes, a well-rounded survey of literature and theory, small class sizes that better facilitate in-depth discussion, and opportunities to engage in further research and presentation outside of the classroom. Beyond this, the department welcomes its students’ thoughts, opinions, and literary discoveries, while also valuing individual educational needs, interests, and futures.”

Jalaine Lindsley Trevecca graduate


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Business Information Technology
ITI 1900

Seeks to prepare students to use technologies that they will encounter as they pursue their calling in the world. Regardless of discipline students will need to work with databases, web technologies, publishing technologies, financial tools, online resources for Christian ministry, and perform research using computing technologies. Students will have an opportunity to explore and use these technologies in a project-based context.

Creative Writing: Beginning Poetry
ENG 2100

Students will write and critique original poems in a workshop environment. Contemporary poets will be studied as models.

Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction
ENG 2200

Students will write and critique original short stories in a workshop environment. Contemporary writers will be studied as models.

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry
ENG 3460

Students will produce advanced poetry to be critiqued in a workshop environment. Contemporary poets will be studied as models with an emphasis on the manuscript as a whole.

Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction
ENG 3470

Students will produce advanced fiction to be critiqued in a workshop environment. Contemporary writers will be studied as models with an emphasis on the development of plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, and diction.

Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENG 3480

Students will write and critique original works of creative nonfiction in a workshop environment. Contemporary essays will be studied as models.

American Literature I: Beginnings to the American Renaissance
ENG 3100

A survey of the major authors and literary movements from the Colonial period up to the Civil War, including Edwards, Franklin, Irving, Cooper, Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman.

American Literature II: The Civil War to Realism
ENG 3200

A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, including works by Twain, Crane, London, Dreiser, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, O'Neill, Cather, Lewis, Updike.

Enlightenment Literature
ENG 3580

A study of Enlightenment authors Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmund Burke, Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth, as well as movements and themes such as 18th century aesthetics and the French Revolution.

ENG 3550/COM 3550

A study of representative plays by William Shakespeare within the context of their historical and cultural milieu of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre.

Victorian Literature
ENG 3620

A study of the poetry, prose, and drama of the 19th century, including Charles Dickens, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, George MacDonald, and Oscar Wilde.

The Age of Milton
ENG 3650

A study of the works of the Christian poet, John Milton. His poems and prose will be studied within the context of the Seventeenth Century-a revolutionary time period in England's history. John Milton's often controversial theological, philosophical and political views will be examined along with other matters pertaining to the poet and his times.

Senior Recitation for English Majors
ENG 4600

Individual guided study and research in areas related to the English field. All senior English majors are required to prepare, under faculty advisement and approval, either a collection of creative writing or a scholarly paper to be presented in a public program.

Literary Criticism
ENG 4000

A study of literary history, theory, and criticism from Plato to Post-modernism.

Comparative Literature
ENG 4200

Examines texts from different cultural traditions.

Medieval Literature
ENG 3510

A study of the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval period to 1400, focusing on Celtic prose and poetry, Chaucer, Langland, and continental influences.

Themes and Genres in Classical and Biblical Literature
ENG 3350

Covers major writers and works from Greek and Roman mythology and significant passages from the Bible. In addition, the course will look at excerpts from works such as those by Milton, Tennyson, Shelley, Nietzsche, and others who directly refer to classical and/or biblical images.

Modern British Literature
ENG 3630

A detailed study of twentieth century British writers including Yeats, Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, Shaw, Auden, Thomas, and Hughes.

C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
ENG 3860

This course will focus on the mature fiction and non-fiction of C.S. Lewis and works by Charles Williams.

General Education — 51 hours

General Electives — 24 hours

Choose an Area of Concentration:
Literature — 15 hours
Creative Writing — 15 hours

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.