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English majors develop strong communication skills, learn effective research methods, practice flexibility in facing complex situations, and increase their awareness of the humanities tradition. Success in an information economy is dependent upon one’s ability to produce, analyze, understand, and restate written, oral, and visual material. Through its offerings, the department continues the rich tradition of language and literature study while it also responds to the needs of both the liberal arts major and the pre-professional student. 

Major Requirements

Major: English

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.                                                                            

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements

An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:

AH&SS College Requirements
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
Area One: Humanities3
Area Two: Social Sciences3
Area Three: Fine Arts3
Total Credits9

Major requirements

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the English major. These courses may only be repeated once.

Major Requirements
ENGL 167Introduction to English Studies3
ENGL 272Literary Analysis3
ENGL 275Introduction to Writing Studies3
ENGL 358Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
ENGL 467English Studies Capstone Experience3
Lower Division Elective Courses - Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Creative Writing
Literature Survey Courses - Select one of the following:3
World Literature Masterpieces
British Literature I
American Literature I
Select one of the following:3
British Literature II
American Literature II
Cultural Diversity Courses - Select two of the following:6
The Bible as Literature
British and American Women Writers
Contemporary Women Writers
Multicultural Writers
Literature and The Environment
19th Century American Fiction
20th Century American Fiction
Themes in American Culture
Study Tour Abroad
British Fiction
Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural World
Social and Regional Varieties of English
Language Bias
International Technical Writing
Literacy, Culture and Identity
Native American Literature
Upper Division Elective Courses: 300-400 level courses
ENGL300-400 Level Courses6
ENGL400 Level Courses9
Total Credits45
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all English specialty and Professional Education Requirement courses.