The Bachelor of Arts in English teaches you to organize thoughts and ideas, and express them with eloquence and clarity as you explore English, American, and world literature. It also places an emphasis on preparing you to be successful in a variety of professions where exceptional communications skills are valued, such as public relations, editing, writing, reporting, legal, and research. A concentration in writing techniques addresses specific audiences in creative, technical, and professional arenas, and gives you the opportunity to develop articles and other writing samples as part of a portfolio.
Degree Program Objectives
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively express ideas and evidence in writing.
- Discuss representative literary texts and critical theory to enhance a life-long learning process.
- Conduct an analysis of a literary work and discuss the history and characteristics of various periods and genres.
- Analyze written materials and examine the relevance of multiple interpretations in a diverse society.
- Demonstrate knowledge of literature in the British and American canon and beyond, in order to apply their interpretations against their own cultural experience.
While learning objectives that are specific to the academic discipline have been identified for each degree program, the University System also outlines general education outcomes (Level 1 and 2) that are sought throughout the institution and at each degree level.
Degree at a Glance
|Total Semester Hours||120|
Degree Program Requirements
General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)
|Film and Literature|
|Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop|
|World Literature through the Renaissance|
|World Literature since the Renaissance|
|English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century|
|English Literature: 18th Century to Present|
|American Literature before The Civil War|
|American Literature from The Civil War to Present|
|Introduction to Japanese|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese|
|Introduction to World Religions|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Social Media and Society|
|Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective|
|Introduction to Geography|
|Practical Food Safety and Awareness|
|International Relations I|
|Contemporary World Culture Through Literature|
|Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature|
|American Government I|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|American Popular Culture|
|COMM120||Information and Digital Literacy||3|
|ENGL101||Proficiency in Writing (Required)||3|
|Effectiveness in Writing|
|Composition and Literature|
|Human Relations Communication|
|Information Literacy and Global Citizenship|
|Introduction to Information Technology Writing|
|American History to 1877|
|American History since 1877|
|World Civilization before 1650|
|World Civilization since 1650|
|Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War|
|Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War|
|African-American History before 1877|
|African-American History since 1877|
|History of the American Indian|
|History of Science|
|Accounting for Non Accounting Majors|
|Fundamentals of Programming|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Math for Liberal Arts Majors|
|Introduction to Biology|
|Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|Introduction to Chemistry|
|Introduction to Meteorology|
|Introduction to Geology|
|Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Introduction to Physics|
|Introduction to Astronomy|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
Major Required (30 semester hours)
|ENGL230||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|COLL300||Research, Analysis, and Writing||3|
|ENGL401||History of the English Language||3|
|LITR322||American Poetry I||3|
|LITR402||Shakespeare: An Author for the Ages||3|
|The Work and Life of Ernest Hemingway|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select the General Concentration or the Concentration in Writing.
General Concentration (18 semester hours)
Allows you to select 6 courses from a list of courses in writing and literature, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.
Concentration in Writing (18 semester hours)
Focuses on developing your writing skills by enabling you to select 6 writing courses in a variety of genres. Gives you the opportunity to develop writing samples as part of a portfolio.
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|ENGL498||Senior Seminar in English (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
Elective Requirements (39 semester hours)
Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.