Department of English & World Languages

Bachelor of Arts in English

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The program in English seeks to help students express themselves effectively, especially in writing; develop a respect for and an understanding of language; appreciate and profit from a study of our common literary heritage; increase their awareness of and empathy for diverse peoples and cultures; discover the relevance of ideas and values found in their reading; and learn to think critically and evaluate wisely.

English majors are prepared for a variety of careers in advertising, communications, education, government, management, personnel work, public relations, and sales. A degree in English also provides an excellent undergraduate preparation for the student planning to pursue graduate study of business, law, or the humanities.

The degree program in English requires 36 semester hours in English

The English major must also complete two semesters of study in one foreign language or have completed two years of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.

Students who plan to use an English degree as a preparation for law school are encouraged to complete some of the following electives in addition to their required courses:


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2All minimum college hours (at least two semesters) should be in one language. Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination. Students may waive three hours of language requirements for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
3Any 2-4000 level English courses excluding ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature, ENGL 2013 Introduction to American Literature, ENGL/JOUR 2173 Introduction to Film, ENGL 2881 Practicum-Literary Journal Publication, and ENGL 4881-4 Practicum-Editing Literary Journal.
4At least 40 of the 120 hours required for graduation must be earned in 3000-4000 level courses.