Bachelor of Arts in English

Why Study English at CIU?

If you look into the educational backgrounds of many corporate CEOs, you will discover that many of these men and women began their careers with a degree in English.  That’s because English majors can do exactly what employers need and value: read and analyze texts, communicate effectively in writing, think critically and independently, and use research properly.  Studying the English language equips graduates for effective use of the written word in mission and marketplace ministries.

At CIU we add one more important skill: we help English majors filter what they learn and experience in the classroom through a biblical world lens. 

Your Future

Your career prospects as an English major are exciting, broad, and diverse. A degree in English can lead you to employment in many fields, such as:

  • advertising
  • editing
  • grant writing
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • administration and
  • teaching English as a foreign language.

A degree in English can also prepare you for further studies. Many of our graduates decide to

  • pursue additional studies in English on the graduate level
  • pursue a degree in library science
  • enter law school 
  • gain certification as a high school English teacher in a public school
  • take classes toward certification with the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI) to teach English in a private Christian school.

Additional Program Opportunities are available for those who would like to earn a minor in English or a minor in Writing.


  • Evidence of a basic understanding of the Bible's content
  • Utilize correctly standard principles of Bible interpretation
  • Demonstrate a meaningful engagement with a local church

Completion Requirements

  • A minimum 60 total semester hours of credit.
  • A minimum 12 semester hours of Bible/theology.
  • A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA at the time of graduation.
  • Complete 80 clock hours of Christian Service Learning.
  • Residence requirement: Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework through CIU.
  • Satisfactory evidence of sound Christian character and doctrinal views. A student will not be accepted as a candidate for a degree who denies any of the doctrines as stated in the Doctrinal Standard, who affirms error in Scripture, or who believes in the ultimate salvation of all people. (Exception: A candidate does not have to affirm the premillennial position expressed in section 8 of the Doctrinal Standard.)
  • Read the Bible in its entirety at least once during time at CIU. This reading may be done in conjunction with class assignments. Bible reading completed in conjunction with courses transferred in from another school is accepted.
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