BA/BSE – MSU partnership

Secondary Education: English

Become a competent and caring educator. This program is a great option for students who want to be trained as high school English teachers and as disciples of Jesus.

Take advantage of a partnership degree that sets you apart. Begin at Briercrest, where you’ll gain a spiritual and academic foundation, before transferring to Minot State to specialize in your field. 

Graduate with two bachelor’s degrees—a BA in Humanities from Briercrest and a BS in Secondary Education from MSU.

Get 2 degrees in 5 years

Benefit from Briercrest's partnership with Minot State University, which gives students a direct pathway to two Bachelor's degrees. Graduate with both a BA Humanities and a BS Education with a Major in English.

Prepare to invest

Beginning at Briercrest means opportunities for you to invest in the lives of young people now. Serve in local youth groups and Sunday schools, or use our close connections with Briercrest Christian Academy to work as a tutor.

Join our community

Begin your degree in a community dedicated to seeking Jesus together. Explore the person and teachings of Jesus in classes and chapel as you learn to follow His call for your life.

Julie Wendel ('18)

Studying English at Briercrest introduced me to beauty: the beauty of the written word, the beauty present in our world, and ultimately, the beauty of God. Though most other schools offer English degrees, no other school does it quite like Briercrest

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In partnership with
Minot State University

The Bachelor of Arts Humanities/Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in English is a  158 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (90 credit hours) studying at Briercrest College and 2 years (68 credit hours) at Minot State University. Toward the completion of the student’s third year of full-time study at Briercrest, the student must apply for admission to the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance at Minot State University. While the transition from Briercrest College to the Bachelor of Science in Education program is intended to be seamless, entry into the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance is dependent upon a minimum GPA of 2.75 at Briercrest College and the successful completion of several additional criteria.

Credit Hours: 158

Section A: Core Courses (27 credit hours)
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
BLST 200+ or CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry or THEO 200+ (3)
BLST 300+ elective (3)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I (3)
HIS 238 History of Christianity II (3)
IDST 200 Int. Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity (3) or IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences (3)
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology (3)
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Section B: English Composition and Communications Requirements (9 credit hours)
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I (3)
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II (3)
COMM 104 Public Speaking (3)

Section C: Humanities and Social Science Requirements (24 credit hours)
HIS 100 Issues in World History I, HIS 101 Issues in World History II, HIS 210 American History to 1865, or HIS 211 American History Since 1865 (3)
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness (3)
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies or HIS/NTST 430 Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II (3)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
Humanities Electives: (6)
   Any 6 credit hours of ENG, HIS, or PHI
Social Sciences Elective: (3)
   ECON 100 Microeconomics
   GEOG 100 Physical Geography of Canada I: Earth Science
   SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I

Section D: Mathematics Requirement (3 credit hours)
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3)

Section E: Professional Education Requirements (9 credit hours)
EDUC 322 Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC 471 Educational Psychology (3)
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents (3)

Section F: English Major Requirement (18 credit hours)
ENG 210 British Literature Survey I (3)
ENG 211 British Literature Survey II (3)
ENG 301 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies or ENG 302 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances (3)
ENG 322 World Literatures in English or ENG 324 Topics in Women’s Literature (3)
ENG 351 Topics in Early American Literature (3)
ENG 352 Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature or ENG 353Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature (3)
ENG 370 Topics in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3)
ENG 389 Critical Theory (3)
ENG 414 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (3)
Any ENG 300+ (3)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-2 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)
SLE 1 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

MSU (61 credit hours): Application to the Teacher Education Program will take place in the student’s final year at BCS.


Brenda Beckman-Long
Brenda Beckman-Long PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Rhoda Cairns
Rhoda Cairns PhD
Assistant Professor of English Literature
Calum Macfarlane
Calum Macfarlane PhD
Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Matthew Zantingh
Matthew Zantingh PhD
Assistant Professor of English
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