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English Major

English majors can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Both degrees prepare students for continued study in advanced programs, for teaching, or for entry into various professions where critical and creative thinking, writing, and problem-solving skills are valued and in demand.

Designed to afford students an integrated, comprehensive learning program, the English major teaches students the fundamental ways of organizing knowledge in the discipline of English Studies.  The major also provides students with a core of knowledge and skills essential to career choices in teaching, writing, publishing, editing, or work in business and industry that requires creative thinking and excellent communication skills.

The English major incorporates a writing-intensive requirement that integrates instruction in writing and the use of writing as a powerful learning tool into the whole curriculum, following a sequenced and coordinated plan.  Students take four writing-intensive courses throughout the major:  ENGL 300 (Introduction to English Studies), ENGL 420 (Literary Criticism), ENGL 470 (The Author in Context) and ENGL 496 (Senior Seminar).

English Major Requirements

  • ENGL 300:  Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 340:  American Literary History (Colonial Period to the Present)
  • ENGL 330:  British Literary History I (700-1700) OR
  • ENGL 331:  British Literary History II (1700 to the Present)                                           
  • One 400-level British literary period course
  • One 400-level American literary period course      
  • ENGL 420:  Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 470:  The Author in Context  (offered each semester with different authors)
  • ENGL 472:  Readings in Shakespeare                                                               
  • One course in Multicultural, Gender-Specific, or Regional Literature    
  • One course in Linguistics or Language                                                        .
  • ENGL 496:  Senior Seminar

4 elective English courses. These courses may be selected from other alternatives for the requirements above, or a variety of courses in creative writing, practical writing skills, or genre studies.

Students may also choose to dedicate their elective hours to a concentration in English Education, which results in teacher licensure for grades 6-12, or a concentration in Technical and Business Writing.  The department places students with these interests with appropriate faculty advisors at the time they declare the English major.