BLS in English & American Literature

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in English & American Literature degree program is a focused liberal arts concentration rather than a professional or pre-professional program. Many students go on to graduate or professional study and find employment in teaching, writing, and editing, as well as in less traditional areas. Students utilize their degree in English to develop analytic reading and writing skills, gaining an excellent background for work in law, government, business, medicine, journalism, advertising, literature, and education.

Learning Outcomes

  • A critical understanding of English and American literary culture and its traditions, across genres and time periods.
  • Proficiency in written literary analysis, argumentation, interpretation, and research.
  • Proficiency in the oral discussion of literature.
  • An excellent background for further study, and for employment, in teaching, writing, and editing, as well as for work in law, government, business, journalism, and advertising.

Note: Students wishing to pursue an English & American Literature degree program may have to cross-register and take upper-level English and/or related courses in the College of Arts & Sciences at day tuition rates.

Admissions Information

For current admissions information, please visit the Metropolitan College website.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan College are required to complete a minimum of 32 courses (128 credits), including Hub requirements, major requirements, related courses, and electives.

Hub Requirements

All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students majoring in English will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Writing, Research, and Inquiry; Oral and/or Signed Communication; Aesthetic Exploration; Historical Consciousness; and Research and Information Literacy.

Major Courses

A total of 11 courses (44 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Required Courses

The following four courses (16 credits):

  • MET EN 220 Proseminar: Literary Study
  • MET EN 322 Survey of British Literature I
  • MET EN 323 Survey of British Literature II
  • MET HU 221 Major Authors I

And seven advanced-level courses (28 credits) in the department (numbered 301 or above), including one course in American literature.


Electives are chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. The number of electives varies depending on transfer credit.