English (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in English requires completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 OR ENGL 105 or approved substitute; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Social or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of English
Select two of the following courses: 6
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Literature
Special Topics: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing
ENGL 301Literature in English Before 18003
ENGL 302Literature in English After 18003
ENGL 315Culture, Text and Media3
ENGL 368Minority Traditions in English Literatures 3
or ENGL 369 Minority Traditions in American Literature
Minimum Total Hours18
Supporting Courses
Electives in Humanities disciplines other than English, at 300 level or above12
Electives in Humanities disciplines other than English, at 400 level or above3
Minimum Electives17
Minimum Total Hours32
Track Requirements (see Track Requirements tab)18
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Teaching of Writing
The Teaching of Creative Writing
Studies in Old and Middle English Literature
Studies in Tudor and Elizabethan Literature
Studies in Stuart and Commonwealth Literature
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Studies in British Literature of the Romantic Period
Studies in British Literature of the Victorian Period
Studies in Modern British and/or Irish Literature
Studies in Contemporary British and/or Irish Literature
Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature
Studies in African-American Literature
Special Topics in Literature in English
Women's Personal Narratives
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Milton
Selected Figures in American Literature
Post-Colonial Voices: Writing Experience in African Literature
Studies in American Literature to 1865
Studies in American Literature, 1865-1910
Studies in American Literature, 1910-1960
Studies in American Literature, 1960
Genre Studies in African-American Literature
The Harlem Renaissance
Studies in Renaissance Drama
Studies in American Drama
History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
Studies in Literature and Science
Texts and Technologies

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

Track in Creative Writing

Academic Plan Code(s): ENGLBA_CW

Select two of the following: 16
Creative Nonfiction 2
Special Topics: Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
ENGL 403Advanced Creative Writing3
ENGL 504Special Topics: Advanced Creative Writing II3
Select one of the following courses: 3
Miracle Monocle: Editing, Publishing, and Promoting a Literary Journal
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
The Teaching of Creative Writing
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
ENGL 599Texts and Technologies 3
Minimum Total Hours18
1

A student who did not take ENGL 202 as part of the major's core requirements will need to take it before starting the Creative Writing track sequence.

2

ENGL 305 is a special topics course. Students in the Creative Writing track may take ENGL 305 twice to satisfy this requirement if they choose two different genres/topics. 

Track in Literature

Academic Plan Code(s): ENGLBA_LIT

400 level Literatures in English elective3
400 level Literatures in English elective3
Select one of the following courses: 3
Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
500 level Literatures in English elective3
Select one of the following:3
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
500 level Literatures in English elective
ENGL 599Texts and Technologies 3
Minimum Total Hours18

Track in Professional and Public Writing

Academic Plan Code(s): ENGLBA_PPW

ENGL 405Special Topics: Editing, Publishing, and Document Design3
Select two of the following courses:6
Scientific and Technical Writing
Business Writing
Inquiries in Writing
Writing for Social Change
ENGL 480Digital and Visual Composition3
Select one of the following courses: 3
Miracle Monocle: Editing, Publishing, and Promoting a Literary Journal
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
Special Topics Writing
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
ENGL 599Texts and Technologies 3
Minimum Total Hours18

Track in Creative Writing

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 300
Introduction to Literature
or Special Topics: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 315 Culture, Text and Media 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Natural Science or Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ENGL 301 Literature in English Before 1800 3
ENGL 302 Literature in English After 1800 3
ENGL 368
Minority Traditions in English Literatures
or Minority Traditions in American Literature
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 304 Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 305 Special Topics: Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ENGL 403 Advanced Creative Writing 3
ENGL 450
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
or Studies in Literary Movements
or Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
or Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
or The Teaching of Creative Writing
or Cooperative Internship in English Studies
or History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 504 Special Topics: Advanced Creative Writing II 3
ENGL 599 Texts and Technologies 3
Humanities Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Literature

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ENGL 300 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 202
Introduction to Creative Writing
or Special Topics: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 315 Culture, Text and Media 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Natural Science or Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ENGL 301 Literature in English Before 1800 3
ENGL 302 Literature in English After 1800 3
ENGL 368
Minority Traditions in English Literatures
or Minority Traditions in American Literature
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
400 level Literatures in English Elective 3
400 Level Literatures in English Elective 3
ENGL 491
Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
or Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
or History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
500 Level Literatures in English Elective 3
500 Level Literatures in English Elective OR 3
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 599 Texts and Technologies 3
Humanities Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Professional and Public Writing

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ENGL 310 Special Topics: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing 3
ENGL 202
Introduction to Creative Writing
or Introduction to Literature
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 315 Culture, Text and Media 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Natural Science or Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ENGL 301 Literature in English Before 1800 3
ENGL 302 Literature in English After 1800 3
ENGL 368
Minority Traditions in English Literatures
or Minority Traditions in American Literature
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 405 Special Topics: Editing, Publishing, and Document Design 3
ENGL 303
Scientific and Technical Writing
or Business Writing
or Inquiries in Writing
or Writing for Social Change
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or higher) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ENGL 303
Scientific and Technical Writing
or Business Writing
or Inquiries in Writing
or Writing for Social Change
3
ENGL 480 Digital and Visual Composition 3
ENGL 450
Cooperative Internship in English Studies
or Studies in Literary Movements
or Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
or Special Topics in Interpretive Theory
or Special Topics Writing
or Cooperative Internship in English Studies
or History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism
3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 599 Texts and Technologies 3
Humanities Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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