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Program Description

Literature can take your mind anywhere in the world and exceptional writing skills can take your career in any direction you wish to go.

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in English combines the best elements of a classic English degree with training in quality professional writing. In addition to the more traditional literature major, you will have the opportunity to choose from two, writing-intensive concentrations:

  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Writing

Our English program involves an extensive exploration of American and British literature, analysis of milestones in literary periods and in-depth study of influential writers. This broad-based curriculum also covers topics as diverse as cross-cultural and multi-ethnic literature, literature by women writers and literature influenced by technology.

Envision Your Future

In our English program, you will enjoy lively discussions in small classes led by professors who are not only excellent teachers, but are also published writers themselves. In addition to classroom instruction in writing, you will have numerous opportunities to display your work in student-run publications including Prism, the undergraduate literary magazine.

With an English degree from Centenary, you will be ready for graduate school as well as careers in business and marketing, corporate communications, freelance and staff positions in creative and professional writing, law and publishing. English majors may also participate in our teacher preparation program, which will provide you with all of the training you need to earn your teaching certification in New Jersey.

Minors are also available in Literature, Creative Writing (for non-English Majors) and Professional Writing (for non-English Majors).

Working Together

No matter which academic path you choose, Centenary is committed to helping you become a superior writer. The English program provides many of the courses that comprise the University’s core requirements, such as composition and rhetoric, literature, foreign languages and liberal arts studies.

Centenary also sponsors The Writing Collaboratory, a peer-to-peer tutoring center that offers students of all majors assistance with their writing. This popular program helps students as well as tutors, who often find that teaching writing helps fine-tune their own skills.

Outside of campus, English students are also encouraged to pursue internships in an English-related career field, such as public relations, corporate communications or publishing.


  • AFC 1001 Academic Foundations at Centenary I (4)
  • CAT II Mathematics (4)
    (all MTH prefix courses except for remedial)
  • WRI1001 Comp & Rhet I & WRI1002 Comp & Rhet II OR (4)
  • WRI 1002 Comp & Rhet II & WRI 2012 Advanced Comp (4)
  • CAT. III Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Rel.; Phil.; World History (4)
  • CAT IV Social or Behavioral Sciences (4)
  • ENG 1005 Introduction to Literary Analysis (4)
  • CAT. V Laboratory Science (4)
  • CAT. VI Democratic Citizenship (4)
  • ENG ____ English Elective (4)
  • ENG ____ English Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • CAT. VI Global Citizenship (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ENG 4015 Major Author (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ENG 3090 Theory and Literature (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ENG 4080 Senior Seminar (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ENG _____ English Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)

Total 128

1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
(4). All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

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