English (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in English (ENGLBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: English

Program Information

The program for English majors is designed to lay a foundation for careers in writing, teaching, scholarship, and research, as well as for many other types of position in the business and professional world where skills in communication, creative, critical, or analytical writing, public relations, editorial skills, advertising, or the like are required.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements31
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements68
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

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 web site: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

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 Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
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 4
ENGL 300Introduction to English Studies - WR 53
ENGL 491Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present3
English electives at the 300-level 69
English electives at the 400-level 9
English electives at the 500-level 12
Supporting Courses
Electives in Humanities disciplines other than English, at 400 level or above3
Electives in Humanities disciplines other than English, at 300 level or above12
Minimum Electives17
Minimum Total Hours68
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Teaching of Writing - CUE, WR
The Teaching of Creative Writing - CUE, WR
Studies in Old and Middle English Literature - CUE
Studies in Tudor and Elizabethan Literature - CUE
Studies in Stuart and Commonwealth Literature - CUE
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature - CUE
Studies in British Literature of the Romantic Period - CUE
Studies in British Literature of the Victorian Period - CUE
Studies in Modern British and/or Irish Literature - CUE
Studies in Contemporary British and/or Irish Literature - CUE
Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature - CUE
Studies in African American Literature - CUE
Special Topics in Literature in English
Women's Personal Narratives - CUE
Cooperative Internship in English Studies - CUE
Chaucer - CUE
Shakespeare - CUE
Milton - CUE
Selected Figures in American Literature - CUE
Post-Colonial Voices: Writing Experience in African Literature - CUE, WR
Studies in American Literature to 1865 - CUE
Studies in American Literature, 1865-1910 - CUE
Studies in American Literature, 1910-1960 - CUE
Studies in American Literature, 1960 - CUE
Genre Studies in African-American Literature - CUE
The Harlem Renaissance - CUE
Studies in Renaissance Drama - CUE
Studies in American Drama - CUE
History of Criticism: Plato to the New Criticism - CUE
Studies in Literature and Science - CUE
Advanced Studies in English - CUE, WR

NOTE: Historical Distribution: Majors must complete a minimum of one course in each of the following historical periods:
Pre-1700 literature; 1700-1900 literature; Post-1900 literature.  This requirement may be met by any selection of courses from the groups below.  Consult course descriptions for information on the time-period to which a specific course applies.

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses in freshman composition (ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 105) and ENGL 202 are not counted in computing the 40 hours for an English major.

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

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 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 - WC 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 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
English Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
English Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
English Elective (300 level or above) 3
English Elective (300 level or above) 3
English Elective (400 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 491 Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present 3
English Elective (400 level or above) 3
English Elective (500 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
English Elective (400 level or above) 3
English Elective (500 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities Elective (400 level or above) 3
English Elective (500 level) 3
English Elective (500 level) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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