Bachelor of Arts

Program Mission Statement

The BA: English degree offers students the opportunity to develop superior knowledge and skills in oral and written communications. Graduates are positioned to enter fields including editing, journalism, and public relations, or gain acceptance into graduate school (e.g., MFA). This course of study encourages students to become empowered and astute readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. Moving beyond traditional approaches, students develop their own voices in writing and speaking. Students respond critically and creatively to literatures in seminar formats and small classes. Whether it is an issue of revision or grammar, faculty encourage open inquiry and a critical understanding of the question of interpretation.

The BA: English degree emphasizes individuality and the freedom to pursue a history of ideas through a broad range of courses. While writing courses prepare students for continued academic success, it is Montana Western’s goal to teach “writing for life” by encouraging writers to apply their craft for both self-articulation and for occupational purposes. Montana Western’s perspective on the study of literature and writing is to both teach and learn through new and innovative processes and foster creative and innovative approaches to learning in the classroom and beyond.

With this degree, students will be able to engage the world more fully, with greater insight and understanding. They will have the ability to nurture their creative spirit and mind, and enjoy life more fully and completely, because they will have learned the skills to engage ideas more deeply and complexly.

Graduate Outcomes

  • Define, identify, and describe primary literary theories that shape literature.
  • Interpret and evaluate texts (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, etc).
  • Reproduce appropriate applications of current discipline-specific conventions in research and writing.
  • Implement key concepts of literary analysis and evaluation in writing.
  • Engage in and produce original critical research, activities, or texts.


Recommended Four Year Course Sequence

This list includes the major, minor, and option core classes as guidelines 
to complete in four years. It is one example of how the program can be completed in four years; faculty advisors assist students in choosing among the options in a given semester to insure progress towards completion of the program. Students should complete general education and elective requirements while working with these guidelines.



WRIT 101 College Writing

LIT 110 Introduction to Literature


Select 2 course/8 credits from the following:

LIT 210 American Literature I

LIT 264 American Romance

LIT 265 Realists, Naturalists, Modernists

LIT 266 Generations and Conflict

Select 2 course/8 credits from the following:

LIT 221 British Literature: Enlightenment to Romantic

LIT 222 British Literature: Victorian to Contemporary

LIT 273 Oral Literature

LIT 274 Geoffrey Chaucer & the Manuscript Tradition


Select 3 courses/12 credits from the following:

LING 301 History of English Language

LIT 300 Literary Criticism

LIT 302 Literature in Translation

LIT 327 Shakespeare

LIT 335 Women & Literature

LIT 339 Literary Regions

WRIT 305 Advanced Essay Writing

Select 2 courses/8 credits from the following:

LIT 494L Seminar: Literary Periods

LIT 494G Seminar: Genre

LIT 494M Seminar: Major Authors

Complete 4 credits from the following Capstone options:

LIT 498 Internship/Cooperative Education

LIT 499 Senior Project/Thesis

WRIT 498 Internship Cooperative Education

WRIT 499 Senior Project/Thesis


A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be numbered 300 or above.