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Bachelor of Arts in

English Literature


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English Literature emphasizes literature that embodies the “good, true and the beautiful” of Western civilization. It is a residential program that can equip you to become adept in composition and be well acquainted with the evolving canon of British and American literature. You’ll become knowledgeable of the development of genres and historical influences on literature. Major literary figures and significant minority writers who have contributed to the rich diversity of American multicultural heritage will come to ‘life’ during your studies as well.

You can explore three areas of concentration: Professional Education to earn teacher certification, English as a Second Language (ESL) to teach English in foreign countries or Pre law to foster communication and critical thinking skills.

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Wh ole Person Education can set you apart as a talented literary professional to impact the world. You’ll experience a life-transforming education that will prepare you for a career in the field of the written word.

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to pursue a master’s degree or any myriad of writing or teaching career possibilities. By the time you graduate you will be proficient in grammatical structure of the English language and know how to analyze writing styles. The English Literature program will empower and challenge you to do your finest work!


What can I do with a B.A. degree from ORU in English Literature

  • College and Secondary School Teaching
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing for Media
  • Fiction Writing
  • Business Communications

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • British and American Literature
  • World Literature
  • Major Writers
  • History and Structure of the English Language
  • Historical Periods
  • Literary Criticism and much more!

What makes ORU’s English Literature program stand out?

Besides the academic focus of the degree, there are opportunities to enjoy like-minded classmates during the annual fall Walden Weekend  retreat held in the natural beauty of the eastern Oklahoma woods. We encourage your creative expansion by joining the English Club which meets periodically for poetry readings and various social events. There is also ORU’s literary magazine, the Promethia, that showcases the university’s finest poetry, short stories and black-and-white photography created by our own community.  

We are proud to have a chapter of The C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society which hosts academic conferences, Tolkienfest and many social events throughout the year. ORU is also honored to host Sigma Tau Delta , the international English Honor Society. The central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. With dedication, passion and hard work, you can join them!  

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

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