The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of English

BA in English

Do you want to write for fashion, food, or travel guides and magazines? Or write screenplays for film and television, and adapt fiction for new media or the big screen? Or do you want to write for international organizations? Do you ever wonder how language is used to influence and manipulate people? Do you ever wonder what relationship language has to power or gender? Do you watch movies and think the subtitles could be so much better? Do novels and other books keep you company? Do you dream of becoming a poet or a novelist? Do you dream of becoming an English teacher?

What is needed in Lebanon and the region are English graduates who are cultured, who can read critically, and who can write idiomatic English. Graduates who are solidly bi- or multilingual and who are grounded in regional cultures have obvious advantages. We have just recently radically transformed and professionalized our BA Program in English, especially the writing part of it, to make it more powerful and to include specialized training to keep up with new careers. Our professional creative writing program in particular is unique to the region. Our new program is called the “BA in English.” It is a holistic program with three components- literature, language, and professional creative writing. Although you will take courses in all components, you will specialize in one.


A senior research thesis is a core requirement for graduation.  If you specialize in Professional creative writing, you will complete an internship during your final year.

Regardless of their chosen emphasis, English majors can obtain a Teaching Diploma by taking six designated Education courses (18 credits), including EDU418 Practice Teaching. If the student chooses any from these six Education courses to satisfy part of the Core Curriculum requirement, he/she must take the equivalent number of courses/credits, in any field, to be awarded the Teaching Diploma.

What Do I Do with My Degree?

With your degree, you could also go for careers in professional writing, media, television, international organizations, the arts, publishing, business, translation, consulting, information technology, journalism, and public relations. You could enter a teaching career (if you also get the Teaching Diploma), or start graduate studies in a wide variety of fields related to literature, language and the humanities and social sciences.

Major Core Requirements (24 credits)

Number Course Cr
ENG213 Introduction to Language 3
ENG216 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG281 Language & Change: Past, Present, & Future 3
ENG303 Literary Linguistics 3
ENG366 Creative Writing 3
ENG372 Comparative and World Literature 3
ENG354 Theories of Literature and Culture 3
ENG499 Senior Study 3

Other Major Requirements (24 credits)

Student can choose one of the 6 options below: 


Number Course Cr
ENG323 Renaissance Drama 3
ENG324 Medieval Literature 3
ENG325 Renaissance Poetry 3
ENG326 Restoration and Neoclassical Literature 3
ENG328 Early Novel 3
ENG336 Romantic & Victorian Poetry 3
ENG339 Nineteenth-century British Novel 3
ENG342 Modernism and Beyond 3
ENG345 Twentieth-century British Novel 3
ENG346 Contemporary Culture 3
ENG348 Post-colonial Anglophone Literature 3
ENG351 Early American Literature 3
ENG352 Twentieth-Century American Novel 3
ENG479 Topics in Literature and Culture 3
ENG376 Gender in Literature 3
ENG487 Topics in Drama & Theatre* 3

*ENG487 can be taken more than once for extra credits if the topics differ. 


Number Course Cr
ENG282 Language and the Media 3
ENG283 Language and Gender 3
ENG308 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
ENG380 Language and the Law 3
ENG381 Corpus Linguistics 3
ENG480 Discourse and Power 3


Number Course Cr
JSC326 Advanced News Writing and reporting 3
TVF316 Script Writing 3
GRA455 Advertising Design 3
ENG301        Food Writing and Travel Writing                3         
ENG304 Arts and Fashion Writing 3
ENG305 Music and Performing Arts Criticism 3
ENG331 Poetry Writing 3
ENG332 Life Writing 3
ENG333 Fiction Writing 3
ENG335 Playwriting 3
TRA224 Translation of Journalistic Texts 3
TRA326 Translation of UN & International Conferences  3
TRA328 Translation of Audiovisuals 3
ENG361 Adaptation 3
ENG362 Trans-media Writing 3
ENG410 Writing for International Organizations 3
ENG411 Speech Writing 3
ENG412 Grant Writing 3
ENG498 Writing Internship 3

Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements (34 credits): divided into Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (13 credits) and Liberal Arts Electives (21 credits)

Free Electives (10 credits)

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