(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
English majors study the great heritage of the English-speaking peoples in a comprehensive and varied program that includes literature, the history and structure of the English language, and various aspects of writing. Students develop an understanding of the relationship between English and the diverse cultural traditions around the world through the study of ancient and modern foreign literatures in translation. They gain cultural understanding, communication skills, and experience in scholarship, and are therefore prepared to teach, do graduate work, or enter any occupation that requires critical thinking, good writing, and a broad perspective.
Detailed advising guides (available from any member of the department faculty or in the School of Arts and Sciences Office) help students select from the options in the major requirements to prepare themselves for careers in business, civil service, law, or publishing, for graduate work in English language, English as a second language, literature, or writing.
Students planning to be certified in K-12 teaching will take elective courses that will strengthen their expertise in their content area of specialization. Prospective childhood education teachers will be advised to take ENG 303 when possible.
Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Students who complete the English Major should be able to:
- analyze and write about texts using the correct conventions;
- demonstrate an appreciation of and an understanding of literature from a variety of times and cultures based on a close reading of the text, and articulate their similarities and differences;
- demonstrate understanding of the conventions of the different genres;
- recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the authorial choices made by writers in the process of creation.
See Core section of this catalog.
Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours
Major Course Requirements
English Language Requirement: 3 credits total
Writing Requirement: 3 credits total
Upper Level Electives
Must complete 15 credit hours of 300 or 400 level English courses. Must include two additional American Literature course, at least one of them should be a 300 level (ENG 295 , ENG 296 , ENG 306 , ENG 385 , ENG 386 , ENG 392 , ENG 395 , ENG 396 , or ENG 397 ). Must include one British Literature course (ENG 305 , ENG 335 , ENG 336 , ENG 345 , ENG 355 , ENG 356 , ENG 357 , ENG 466 , ENG 468 ).
Students enrolled in the program in education must obtain a favorable recommendation from the English Department faculty prior to being approved for student teaching placements in addition to meeting any separate requirements established by the Education Department. Those students most likely to receive a favorable departmental recommendation will have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in required major and major-related courses. Detailed guidelines outlining recommendation standards are available in the School of Arts and Sciences office.