The English Major (BA)

Professor: Terrell Tebbetts
Associate Professor: Wesley Beal
Assistant Professor: Alok Amatya and Melissa Merte
Director of Developmental English: David Carpenter

Students majoring in English love language because they understand its power to reflect and to shape human experience, and they work hard at mastering it. As readers, they become good analysts of style and content, character, and theme, with an understanding of the traditions and tools of writing and an ability to develop their own disciplined and creative responses to whatever they read—whether they are reading Shakespeare’s Othello or a corporate annual report. As writers, they become masters of the principal tool of thought—language—sometimes becoming published writers before they graduate. This mastery of the written word—both as a critical and insightful reader and as an adept and creative writer—provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of professions and for a fulfilling life of continued learning.



  • ENG 105 can also be used to satisfy core requirements.
  • At least 9 credits must be above the 200 level.
  • Three credits must be at the 400 level.
  • Six credits may be taken in the foreign language above the 100-level.

NOTE: To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Lyon College,
students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours comprised of
our required Core curriculum (44-48 hours), the requirements of at least one major (credit
hours vary per major), and a selection of our Liberal Arts electives. They must also earn at
least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for all work taken at Lyon College and a 2.00
cumulative grade point average in their major, minor, and concentration.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in English

Item #
English Major: Additional Required Credits (3 courses)  +
Sub-Total Credits


Item #
Core Curriculum Requirements (In addition to Major hours)  +
44 - 48
Sub-Total Credits
Total credits: