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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:

Curriculum

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

Fall Credits
ENGL 1013 Composition I 1
3
SS 1XXX Social Science Courses 1
3
MATH XXXX Mathematics 1
3

Beginning Language I  2

3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1
Elective  3 1
Total Hours 14
Spring Credits
ENGL 1023 Composition II 1
3
SS 1XXX Social Science Courses 1
3
SCIL 1XXX Science with Laboratory 1
4
Beginning Language II  2
3
Elective  3
1
Total Hours 14

Fall Credits
ENGL 3313 American Literature to 1900 3
ENGL 3413 British Literature to 1800 3
English Elective  3
3
Elective  3
6
Total Hours 15
Spring Credits
ENGL 3323 Modern American Literature 3
ENGL 3423 British Literature since 1800 3
English Elective  3
3
Elective  3
6
Total Hours 15

Fall Credits
English Elective (3000-4000 level)  3,4
3
Elective  3,4
12
Total Hours 15
Spring Credits
English Elective (3000-4000 level)  3,4 3
Elective  3,4
13
Total Hours 16

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.
3At least 40 of the 120 hours required for graduation must be earned in 3000-4000 level courses.
4Students admitted to the Accelerated BA in English to MA in English Program can substitute twelve (12) hours of the following courses as electives: TESL 5023 Second Language Acquisition/ENGL 5023 Second Language Acquisition, TESL 5703 Teaching English as a Second Language/ENGL 5703 Teaching English as a Second Language, TESL 5713 ESL Assessment/ ENGL 5713 ESL Assessment, TESL 5723 Teaching People of Other Cultures/ENGL 5723 Teaching People of Other Cultures, and ENGL 5083 Seminar: English Language (seminar: no repetitive topics).