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 general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in English also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of English, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

Expression and Communication

  • 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

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
Select one of the following concentrations:18
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements39
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
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
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
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
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
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
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (30 semester hours)

ENGL230Introduction to Linguistics3
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
ENGL401History of the English Language3
LITR310British Fiction3
LITR316British Poetry3
LITR320American Fiction3
LITR322American Poetry I3
LITR330Literary Theory3
LITR402Shakespeare: An Author for the Ages3
Select 1 course from the following:3
The Work and Life of Ernest Hemingway
Mark Twain
Total Semester Hours30
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.

Select 6 courses from the following:18
Creative Writing
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Freelance Writing
The Personal Essay (Prerequisite: ENGL120 - Creative Writing)
Advanced Creative Writing (Prerequisite: ENGL120 - Creative Writing)
African-American Literature
Latin American Literature
Middle Eastern Literature
African Literature
Total Semester Hours18

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.

ENGL120Creative Writing3
Select 4 courses from the following:12
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Freelance Writing
The Personal Essay (Prerequisite: ENGL120 - Creative Writing)
Advanced Creative Writing (Prerequisite: ENGL120 - Creative Writing)
Total Semester Hours18

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

ENGL498Senior Seminar in English (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

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.