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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in English

The B.A. in English provides a broad background in literature, an understanding of the language, and skill in its use. It prepares students for teaching careers; for writing and editorial work; for professional schools of law, business, theology, and library science; and for any endeavor in which facility in the use of language is essential. Requirements for the major include a history sequence (History 111 & 112 or History 121 & 122) and second-year proficiency in a foreign language.

English Major Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and enhance students' abilities to communicate in written English while encouraging students to view themselves as engaged, creative and relevant producers of knowledge.
  • Develop students' literary background as one part of a humanities background which fosters intellectual skills, humanistic understanding, cross-cultural literacy, and aesthetic appreciation.
  • Develop students' ability to think analytically, speculatively, and imaginatively in ways that are applicable across the disciplines.
  • Enhance students' ability to employ instructional technology in their writing, learning and research in innovative and creative ways.

There are three choices for the major:

English Major

This major requires 39 credits in English and linguistics courses and is designed to give the student a broad overview of literature, writing, and the language.

Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the English Major in the Online Catalog.

Teacher Education Specialization

This major requires 36 hours in English and linguistics courses and is designed to prepare the student for a career in high school or middle school teaching. Students preparing for careers in secondary education will also complete the required education courses for teacher certification. 

Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the Teacher Education Specialization in the Online Catalog.

English Major - Writing Specialization

The English Major - Writing specialization requires 39 hours of literature, linguistics and writing courses. Students receive a well-rounded background in literature, but with more intensive work in Creative and/or Professional writing. This program serves students seeking careers in creative or professional writing.Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the English Major - Writing Specialization in the Online Catalog.

English Minor

The English minor requires 20 hours, including 9 hours of British literature, 6 hours of American literature, 3 hours of a linguistics or writing course, and an additional elective.

Check out the course descriptions and program requirements for the English Minor in the Online Catalog.

Professional Writing Minor

This interdisciplinary minor prepares students for success in a wide variety of fields, such as technical communicators; web authors, designers, and content managers; publishers, publishing coordinators, and publication managers; science and medical writers; information architects: usability specialists and researchers; communications specialists; and grant and proposal writers. It requires a total of 18 hours.

Check out the course descriptions and program requirements for the Professional Writing Minor in the Online Catalog.