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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in English

Major: ENGL

Degree: BA

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

The program for English majors is designed to lay a foundation for careers in writing, teaching, scholarship, and research, as well as for many other types of position in the business and professional world where skills in communication, creative, critical, or analytical writing, public relations, editorial skills, advertising, or the like are required. Admission to the major in English requires completion of ENGL 310 with a minimum grade of C-; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in courses in the major.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

General Education


General Education                                                                                                                               34
Minimum Total 34

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements


General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language 12
(completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language)  
Electives in Social or Natural Sciences 9
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above)  
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above  
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)  
Total 22 

Department of English1


English 3102 3
Historical Surveys 12
This requirement is met by taking a course in each of the following historical divisions. At least one of these four courses must be a WR course.  

-English 301; or English 313 (WR) or 314 (WR)


-English 302; or English 315 (WR), 316 (WR) or 317 (WR)


-English 311; or English 318 (WR) or 319 (WR)


-English 312; or English 320 (WR), 321 (WR), 322 (WR) or 323 (WR)

English 491 3
English electives at the 300-level or above 6
English electives at the 400-level or above 9
Minimum Total 33

Supporting Courses


Electives in Humanities discipline other than English, at 300 level or above 12
Electives in Humanities discipline other than English, at 400 level or above
Minimum Electives 17
Minimum Total 121

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses in freshman composition (English 101, 102, and 105) are not counted in computing the 40 hours for an English major.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

1 Major must not include more than 9 hours of creative or expository writing (including English 310), nor more than 6 hours of special topics courses.

2 Students planning to major in English are strongly encouraged to take English 310 in the first semester after completion of English 102 or 105.

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