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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Students majoring in English earn the B.A. degree unless they are completing an English major with an cross disciplinary focus or an additional major in a degree program other than the B.A. The minimum requirement for a major in English is 36 credit hours of course work in the major.

The department recommends that students choose a variety of courses covering contemporary and early literature, as well as period, genre and linguistics courses. In addition to core courses, English majors must take nine credit hours of English electives on or above the 300 level. Courses taken to fulfill General Education Cluster Two  requirements may also fulfill requirements in the English major. Students may complete credit requirements by taking additional electives.

The minimum requirement for a major in English with a cross disciplinary focus is 36 credit hours of course work; 24 of these hours must be in English courses, with 15 hours at the 300 level or above. Twelve hours from another discipline or disciplines must be chosen in conference with the student’s adviser and approved by the department head. For more information about the cross disciplinary focus, contact a departmental adviser.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • University electives 26-40 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 36 Credit Hours

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement exam.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

All students must include in their program the following core courses:

Core Courses

  • 3.00
  • Choose one course at the 200 or 300 level 3 Credit Hours
  • Choose five courses from the 300 level 15 Credit Hours
  • Choose two courses from the 400 level 6 Credit Hours

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Total: 36 Credit Hours

The courses selected must include the following:

Additional Information

Other courses may be applied to these requirements via course directive. Students should consult advisers and the departmental semesterly list about other options.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Prior to declaring a major in English, students should consult with an assigned English adviser to plan a course of study tailored to their interests and goals. Students should contact the department office (Keezell Hall, Room 215) to request an adviser. The following chart shows a typical four-year program.

First Year

  • Foreign language courses 6-8 Credit Hours
  • General Education  courses 23 Credit Hours

Total: 29-31 Credit Hours

Second Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

  • Remaining requirement from General Education  3 Credit Hours
  • English 300-level courses 12-15 Credit Hours
  • Other electives 15 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • English 300-400 level courses 12-15 Credit Hours
  • Other electives 15-18 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours


Majors may use their electives to concentrate in British, American, or world literature or creative writing.

British or American Literatures

In consultation with their advisers, students may choose nine credit hours of courses beyond the core offerings that lead to a coherent view of the scope and development of British or American literature.

World Literature

In consultation with their advisers, students may choose nine credit hours of courses beyond the core offerings that acquaint them with the scope of world literature.


Choose three of the following:

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Creative Writing

Students with a strong interest in developing various writing skills should include in their program nine credit hours of electives from the following courses.

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