Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Humanities
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

English Degree Program Overview


The Language and Literature Department strives to develop a true community of learners where a working knowledge of literary history and literary analysis gives students a home in their own culture and makes them careful and compassionate judges of human nature.  

Departmental Learning Outcomes  

A graduate of the English program at the University of Mary:  

  • Displays mastery of usage and mechanics in edited work
  • Can analyze a text or image in terms of its formal elements and their implications
  • Can distinguish major critical theories
  • Can use major research tools to construct a preliminary bibliography
  • Can produce an original short work of narrative, dramatic, or poetic art
  • Can use grammatical terminology to explain the stylistic or dialectal differences between two texts
  • Can apply several different critical theories to the same literary text and discuss their implications
  • Can analyze an argument in terms of both its logic and rhetoric
  • Can produce a well supported argument incorporating research


Major in English:

ENG 130, 202, 204, 215, 302, 315, 320, 481; plus four surveys from American, British, and World; two major focus classes.

Minor in English:

ENG 130, 202, 215, 302; two of ENG 321, 324, 330, 331, 336, 337; one of ENG 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Program Advisors: Dr. Rebecca Chalmers (Chair)