"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
- C.S. Lewis

Why study literature?

The study of literature opens doors to many different areas of education and higher levels of learning. It provides learners with new perspectives on the world, people, and history.

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The Literature program at BBC will equip you well to pursue further education in graduate programs or for study in your specific area of interest.

You will develop skills in literary content and criticism as well as a literal, grammatical, and historical approach to literary interpretation.

As a student in the program you will take a series of core courses. You will also select literature survey, genre, and communication electives. Graduation from this program requires completion of seven ministry credits.

Core Courses
We give you a strong foundation to understand and apply biblical truth through Bible and theology courses. A required set of General Studies courses supplements that foundation and enables you to consider the world in which you will minister.

You will then build on this foundation with 42 credit hours studying the specific disciplines of your field and determining how you can best apply your interests, strengths, and gifts.

The core courses of this program include:

American Literature
Writing about Literature
Introduction to New Testament Literature
Foundations of Literary Criticism
Senior Writing Project
Foundations of Literary Criticism
Advanced Expository and Criticism
Academic Writing
Advanced English Grammar

You will gain
As a graduate of the Literature program you will be able to think, write, and speak effectively and clearly. You will be equipped to read and interpret literature literally, grammatically, and historically. Through this, you will gain a greater capacity for learning, reasoning, and communicating.

Many options after graduation
You will earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Literature. You will graduate having completed coursework equivalent to a double major in Bible and Literature. You may elect to receive a B.S. in Bible instead.

Upon completion of the program you will demonstrate skill sets needed to pursue graduate-level study.

Your enhanced critical thinking skills will be a foundation for you to succeed in a broad range of careers. Examples of possible pursuits include teaching, writing, communications, arts, public relations, law, politics, and other paths that require excellent critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills.

What they say
"Students in the Literature program will find myriads of worlds and ideas presented to them. They will read, evaluate, and interact with literature to better understand about people, see their perspectives, and evaluate their worldviews. What better way can we find to know and understand people so we will be more effective for Christ?"
-Dr. Janet Hicks, Professor, Chair of the English and Communications Department

Learn more
For details about the Literature program, Dr. Janet Hicks.