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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 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 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 from among different periods and topics. Students progress through the major by taking ENG 299  and three 200 level surveys, and then moving on to 300 level courses and at least two 400 level Advanced Studies courses. They also fulfill three distributional overlay requirements.

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.

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
Total: 120 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.

Major Requirements

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

Core Courses

  • 3.00 1
  • Choose one course at the 200 or 300 level 3 Credit Hours
  • Choose five courses from the 300 level 15 Credit Hours
  • Choose two approved 400-level  courses from the Advanced Studies list 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 semester list about other options.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

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 400 level Advanced Studies courses 6 Credit Hours
  • English 300-400 level courses 6-9 Credit Hours
  • Other electives 15-18 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours


In consultation with their advisers, students may choose nine credit hours of courses at the 300- or 400-level that acquaint them with the scope of one of the fields below. Students may also consult advisers and individual professors about additional courses that may, because of content covered in a particular semester, be eligible for a concentration by special permission (for example, ENG 302 , ENG 412  or others).

British Literature

Select appropriate courses in consultation with adviser.

American Literature

Select appropriate courses in consultation with adviser.

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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