BA in English

BA in English students at HPU study literature from various cultures, since English is the adopted tongue of many writers across the globe and a language into which literary texts from many other cultures are translated.  HPU English majors study a variety of literary texts in historical, cultural, theoretical, and practical contexts.  They practice critical and analytical writing alongside creative writing, in order to enrich their lives as well as prepare for a variety of graduate programs and careers.

 The program begins with three introductory courses. Students who enter with AP credit or with test scores that exempt them from Written Communication and Information Literacy I can move right into ENG 2500 World Literature in the first semester. Otherwise students will typically  take WRI 1150 in the fall and WRI 1200 or WRI 1250 in the spring. All prospective majors should take ENG 2100 Ways of Reading in the spring semester of the first year. AL 2000 Introduction to Linguistics and ENG 2500 are usually taken in spring of the first year or fall of the second. While taking ENG 2100, all majors are assigned a faculty mentor who will guide themthrough the program. 

At the 3000 level, the BA English program continues with foundational courses in British, American, and World literature, a methods course on research and writing in the humanities and four electives in English and two in writing. Electives in English include courses like Fantasy Literature, the Literature or Slavery, Women and Madness, Theoretical perspectives on Video Games, Hawaii and the Pacific in Film, Literature Adapted to Film,  Shakespeare on Screen and Hawaii Writers among others.  Writing electives includes workshop courses in poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, scriptwriting, literary magazine editing and composition studies.  Students who are particularly interested in writing frequently choose to add the writing minor taking an additional four upper division writing courses.

In the senior year, students take two senior seminars and a one credit class in which they produce a capstone portfolio consisting of representative work from their courses and a reflective essay on their experiences in the major.

Students who major in English will:

  1. Demonstrate transferable analytical skills such as the ability to summarize, interpret, and evaluate complex texts.
  2. Demonstrate transferable communication skills such as writing clearly and persuasively, revising and editing their own and others' writing, and making effective oral presentations.
  3. Employ appropriate research methods to locate and evaluate information and will effectively present their own arguments with support from primary and secondary texts.
  4. Recognize and analyze various textual forms and strategies in academic and creative genres.
  5. Employ various textual strategies in academic and creative genres.
  6. Examine the ways in which texts shape and/or are shaped by history, culture, and context.
  7. Analyze diverse texts from various cultures.
  8. Articulate or identify important theoretical concepts and approaches and apply them in interpreting or analysing texts.

Employers today are increasingly calling for graduates with excellent writing and analytical skills--exactly the attributes that our BA in English graduates have to offer. Contrary to popular stereotypes, then,  English is not only an enjoyable subject to major in but a highly practical one as well.  English also pairs well as a double-major with multiple other programs of study, as do each of our minors (Writing, Film Studies, and English). Our program offers exceptional hands-on, practical opportunities for our students such as peer tutoring, journal editing, creative readings, and more, and our close-knit, cohesive department provides strong individual support and guidance.  Please explore our web pages for more information and feel free to contact our department chair, Dr. Laurie Leach (lleach@hpu.edu) 808-544-1103 if you have any questions or want further information.