Do you dream of being a masterful communicator? Are you a critical thinker seeking truth and finding beauty in words? Do you see yourself as a successful author? Then the English degree at BC is for you. As an English major, you will choose either a literature or writing concentration. Each concentration offers specialized courses on topics that speak to you. Hone creative writing skills in exciting workshops. Polish critical thinking skills with fellow students in special seminars focused on such topics as mythology, fairy tales, literature, and healing, or science fiction. As an English major, you’ll study with accomplished faculty members who are fully committed to your success in college and your career.

Theory and Hands-On Practice

Designed with the real-world in mind, English program students gain practical experience with Bluefield College’s literary magazine, The Bluestone Review. Or you can serve as a tutor helping fellow students in the Academic Center for Excellence.

Available Concentrations


Literature Concentration

The literature concentration allows students to choose from a rich array of courses that reflect the changing spheres of world fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. In the coursework, we emphasize how the work is rooted in its historical time and reflected in our experience. Students hone their analytical skills as they read, analyze, and communicate complex information.

Writing Concentration

The writing concentration helps students achieve expertise in written communication for personal growth and professional training. Students have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of forms as they explore their voice and technique. They gain hands-on experience by working on the collegeÕs literary magazine, The Bluestone Review.

Are you ready to explore centuries of the written word and analyze the diverse experiences that shape us? Take the first step toward a transformative education by emailing Dr. Merritt today.

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On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (51 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)

* On-Campus   ** Online

Core Requirements (15 Credits)

  • English Core (9 Credits) (Choose 4)
    • Literature Appreciation
    • British Literature I
    • British Literature II
    • American Literature I
    • American Literature II
    • World Literature I
    • World Literature II
    • Literature & Healing
    • The Meaning of Myth
    • Literature of Quest
    • Fairy Tales
    • Science Fiction
    • Literature and The Life of Faith
  • History of the English Language (3 Credits)
  • English Seminar (3 Credits)
Concentrations (33 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)


  • Concentration – Literature
    • Shakespeare
    • Regional & Ethnic Literature
    • Introduction to Creative Writing OR Creative Nonfiction
    • (Choose 8):
      • Modern English Grammar
      • Literature of Children & Adolescents
      • World Literature II
      • Literature & Healing
      • The Meaning of Myth
      • Literature of the Quest
      • Fairy Tales
      • Science Fiction
      • Literature & The Life of Faith
      • Studies in Rhetoric
      • Medieval Literature
      • Renaissance British Literature
      • Eighteenth-Century British Literature
      • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
      • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
      • ENG 4683
      • Special Topics in Literature
  • Concentration – Writing
    • Modern English Grammar
    • Introduction to Creative Writing
    • Technical Writing
    • English Internship
    • Advanced Creative Writing
    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Studies in Rhetoric
    • Journalism
    • Public Relations I
    • Two Additional 3000-4000 Level English Courses
Minors & Electives (21 Credits)

  • General Education Electives (29 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

News Reporter
Editor/Content Manager
Technical Writer
Human Resources Specialist
Social Media Manager
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