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Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts in English

Mission

The English department’s B.A. program prepares students to become innovative professionals and global citizens by teaching them to read closely and critically, write creatively and persuasively, and explore the beauty and value of diverse literatures and cultures.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the English B.A. program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze texts closely and critically, using key literary terms and concepts to interpret how the specific elements of a text contribute to its larger meanings.
  • Identify significant texts, authors, periods, movements, genres, theories, and modes from literary history, recognizing how literary texts both reflect and shape historical contexts, aesthetic values, and cultural ideals.
  • Apply key theoretical ideas, concepts, and methodologies to the reading and writing of texts.
  • Write argumentative, creative, and reflective texts that demonstrate focus, content, structure, evidence, style, and grammar appropriate to their rhetorical contexts.
  • Conduct scholarly research that incorporates the use of library resources and discipline-specific databases; the evaluation and integration of secondary sources; and the documentation of primary and secondary sources using MLA style.
  •  Explain how literature both reflects and enriches the diversity of human experience through its exploration of the ways in which race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and class shape identity and influence perception.

English Major Options

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.

English 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 English 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 Options

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.