Programs of Study in English

The English Department immerses you in the study of literature and film, the craft of writing, and rich conversation about life’s most pressing questions. We offer two distinct programs of study: a BA in English and a BFA in Creative Writing. If you declare a BA in English (36 credits), you will choose one of three concentrations: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, or Film Studies. (Or if you like, you can choose more than one!) If you opt for the more specialized BFA in Creative Writing (48 credits), you’ll prepare more extensively for a career in writing, editing, or publishing.

B.A. in Creative Writing

Creative Writing


Programs - June 25, 2018
B.F.A. or B.A. concentration in Creative Writing The study of Creative Writing immerses you in great literature and the art of generating your own fictions, poems, essays, plays, and screenplays. Through it, you come to know the elements of the writer’s craft and the imaginative energy of the writer’s life. Course Catalog > Submit Your Portfolio > English Department > As you study Creative Writing, you will experiment with different creative forms, skills, styles, and devices; develop a distinctive creative…

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Film Studies


Programs - June 28, 2018
B.A. concentration in Film Studies The Film Studies concentration gives you a chance to explore the power of cinema. You’ll study innovative forms, definitive genres, iconic directors, and groundbreaking films. In addition, you’ll analyze the cultural contexts that shape films, dive into film theory and criticism, and enter the worlds films create. Course Catalog > English Department >

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Integrated Language Arts Program


Programs - June 25, 2018
Integrated Language Arts (English + Teacher Education) Program Otterbein's integrated language arts (ILA) program empowers future teachers to thrive in their own classrooms. Paralleling the literary studies major, ILA immerses students in great reads, compelling questions, and transformative writing experiences. Through it, students come to know iconic writers, groundbreaking texts, and the intellectual buzz of interpretive thinking. As an ILA student, you will explore the dynamic interplay between literature and culture, identity, psychology, history, politics, and other forces. Investigate how…

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B.A. in Literary Studies

Literary Studies


Programs - June 25, 2018
B.A. concentration in Literary Studies The Literary Studies concentration immerses you in great reads, compelling questions, and transformative writing experiences. Through it, you come to know iconic writers, groundbreaking texts, and the intellectual buzz of interpretive thinking. Within Literary Studies, you will explore the dynamic interplay between literature and culture, identity, psychology, history, politics, and other forces. You’ll investigate how texts make meaning, create worlds, and generate characters. You will develop your own writerly voice and style—and pursue your own…

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