There are several Christian colleges throughout the country that have excellent programs for English majors. These programs provide students with unique learning opportunities and the schools themselves also aim to help students grow spiritually. Find out more about a few of the best Christian colleges for English majors here.
Students can study English at some of the best Christian colleges in states like California, North Carolina and Texas. In the table below, examine some of these schools' denominations, locations and undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|The Baptist College of Florida||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Graceville, FL||$11,100|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Washington, D.C.||$52,300|
|Southwestern Assemblies of God University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Waxahachie, TX||$19,994|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Best Christian Colleges for English Majors
The definition of 'best' may vary from person to person, but the Christian colleges with top undergraduate programs in English provide students with different program formats, unique learning experiences and other factors that set them apart. Here we discuss what makes the English programs at a few Christian colleges stand out, as well as how these schools help students develop their spiritual lives.
California Baptist University
California Baptist University had a little over 7,410 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English with an available concentration in creative writing, which covers a wide range of literature in various genres. The school also has a top, online BA in English program that can be completed in as little as 16 months. Students at the university can also invest in their spiritual lives by participating in chapel services (which are also available online as podcasts), Compassion Ministries, mission trips and Discipleship Ministries, including small Discipleship groups and larger Tribes (missional communities).
The Baptist College of Florida
The Baptist College of Florida offers a traditional BA in English, as well as a BA in English Secondary Education for students wishing to teach English for grades 6-12. The college is unique in that all of the college's programs are also available as distance learning programs in either a fully-online format or at distance sites (off-campus instructional sites). Students on campus can grow spiritually through participation in Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), which puts on a variety of spiritual events to provide fellowship, such as bonfires, movie nights and an Evening of Class (formal dinner). The campus also has a unique Married Housing Ministry for students in married housing. According to the NCES, the school had a little over 400 undergraduates in 2017.
Spiritual life at Duke University in North Carolina includes worship services, mission trips, interfaith engagement, PathWays Student Ministry and spiritual organizations, such as Cru and Bridges International, InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries and the Navigators. The university had close to 6,700 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The school's English Department offers an English major and minor and a creative writing minor, with an optional honors program where students complete a senior honors project or thesis to graduate with distinction. Students in the program can also study abroad at several different locations and/or participate in English-related student groups, the English Majors Union or English Department Ambassadors.
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., had a little more than 7,460 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university offers a traditional English major, with an optional minor in creative writing, as well as a unique major in comparative literature. Students in the traditional English major benefit from small class sizes and have the opportunity to compete for the English Honors Thesis program that requires a long-term writing project with a faculty member. Georgetown's Campus Ministry is dedicated to students' spiritual growth through social justice activities, worship services, Hoya Faith Groups and various spiritual retreats, including the ESCAPE First-Year Program overnight retreat for first-year students.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas has a bachelor's degree program in English and a bachelor's degree program in English, language arts and reading (middle and secondary education), both of which are also available in online formats. Students in the traditional English program study technical writing and various pieces of literature, all while benefiting from small class sizes and individual interactions with faculty. The school helps students deepen their faith through weekly chapel services, an annual Student Devotional and their Mission TEN (To Every Nation) that aims to send mission teams to every state of India and China. As of 2017, the NCES reported that the university had 1,790 undergraduate students.