Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

English, B.A.

Program Description

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 Arts and Humanities  requirements may also fulfill requirements in the English major. Students may complete credit requirements by taking additional electives.

Degree and Major Requirements

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





1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. Some requirements may be fulfilled by courses within the major.
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 World Languages and Cultures’ placement exam.

Major Requirements

All students must include in their program the following:

  • Choose three ENG courses at the 200 level, according to groupings listed below Credits: 9.00
  • Credits: 3.00 1
  • Choose one course at the 200 or 300 level Credits: 3.00
  • Choose five courses from the 300 level Credits: 15.00
  • Choose two approved 400-level courses from the “Advanced Studies in…” courses Credits: 6.00


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

The courses selected to fulfill the 300- and 400-level requirements must include the following:

Electives: 9 Credit Hours

Electives may be fulfilled by courses within a concentration. Electives may also meet the 300- or 400-level course requirements.

Major Requirements Total: 36 Credit Hours


In consultation with their advisors, 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 consult with their advisors and individual professors about additional courses that may, because of content covered in a particular semester, be eligible for a concentration by special permission.

British Literature

Select appropriate courses in consultation with advisor.

American Literature

Select appropriate courses in consultation with advisor.

World Literature

Creative Writing

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

Additional information for English teaching licensure

For students interested in pursuing English teacher licensure, refer to the English Teaching Licensure program for specific requirements.

Additional Information

Other courses may be applied to these requirements via course directive. Students should consult advisors and the departmental semester course offerings about other options.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

  • Foreign language courses Credits: 6.00 - 8.00
  • General Education  courses Credits: 23.00

First Year Total: 29-31 Credit Hours

Second Year

Second Year Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

  • Remaining requirement from General Education  Credits: 3.00
  • English 300-level courses Credits: 12.00 - 15.00
  • Other electives Credits: 15.00

Third Year Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • English 400 level advanced studies courses Credits: 6.00
  • English 300-400 level courses Credits: 6.00 - 9.00
  • Other electives Credits: 15.00 - 18.00

Fourth Year Total: 29-31 Credit Hours

Program Total: 120 Credit Hours