English Major (B.A.)

English Major (B.A.)

English majors may follow the curriculum for the literature concentration, the creative writing concentration, or one of five literature and education tracks designed for students earning an English major with teaching certification. Students in the education tracks also have the option of adding the creative writing concentration to their degree. The literature and creative writing concentrations must be declared by the end of the junior year. Students must declare one of the literature and education tracks and apply formally to the education program no later than the end of their sophomore year; however, they are strongly encouraged to do so earlier since fulfilling the requirements will demand careful planning in scheduling courses.

Double major programs in theatre and literature and in theatre and creative writing are also available. Please see visual and performing arts for more information. 

Literature Concentration

Note: English majors cannot fulfill ENG 210 Major Authors with Shakespeare. They may take any other major authors.

Core Requirements 1
COR 100First Year Seminars: Transitions3
WRT 101Critical Writing3
PHL 110Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110World Civilization I3
HST 111World Civilization II3
ENG 210Major Authors3
PHL 210Moral Philosophy3
Theology3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310Literature and Culture3
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Natural Science3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies3
Religion3
COR 400Senior Studies: Transformations3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts1
DIV Diversity0
Major Requirements
ENG 218Critical Perspectives on Literature3
ENG 318Shakespeare 23
ENG 305Eng Lit Survey I:thru Milton3
ENG 306Eng Lit Survey II:Rest-Present3
ENG 350Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War3
or ENG 351 Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present
English Department ElectivesStudents must take two period courses (one must focus upon a period before 1789), two topic courses and two genre courses. The remaining elective may be an ENG/CRW/CMM elective.21
Major Support Requirements
Foreign Language 39
Free Electives30
Total Credit Hours127
1

Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements.

2

Only ENG 218 Critical Perspectives on Literature is a prerequisite for subsequent literature courses, but it is strongly recommended that students complete ENG 318 Shakespeare as early as possible in the major program.

3

Students take 6 credits of a Foreign Language to fulfill their Core FFl/EAC requirement and another 3 credits in that foreign language to fulfill an English major support requirement. If, after a minimum of 6 credits of language at the college level, the student has completed or advanced beyond the intermediate level (i.e. 103) in one language, then an elective in ENG, CRW, or CMM may be substituted for the final 3 credits. Additionally, students who complete LAT 101 Elementary Latin I & LAT 102 Elementary Latin II may choose to complete their foreign language requirement with a classical literature course.

Creative Writing Concentration

In the creative writing program students have the opportunity to develop their talents along with others who share their love of writing. Emphasizing both experimentation and craft, classes are designed as writing workshops—providing a balance of individual attention and group critiques to help students explore their powers and potentials as writers. Major requirements for the creative writing concentration differ from the literature concentration in two respects:

  • one period elective is required instead of two, and it must be in post 1789 literature;
  • four elective courses are required in Creative Writing (CRW), as described below (the remaining three courses may be in ENG, CRW and/or CMM).

The four required CRW electives are writing workshops. Current options include Creative Writing Workshop, Script Writing, Advanced Fiction Workshop, Advanced Poetry Workshop, Introduction to Playwriting, Writing the One Act Play, Nonfiction Writing Workshop, various Special Topics courses, and the Independent Study. Any workshop may be repeated once for credit. The major is listed on the student’s transcript as “English (Creative Writing concentration).” Course selection must be made in consultation with the student’s advisor. If the advisor is not part of the creative writing teaching faculty, the student should additionally consult with the director of the creative writing program.

Typical Program for Literature Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
Math/Nat. Science 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 218 Critical Perspectives on Literature 3
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
Math/Nat. Science 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Social Science 3
FLL 3
Theology 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG P/T/G Elective 1 3
ENG 318 Shakespeare 3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
ENG 305 Eng Lit Survey I:thru Milton 3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War  
P/T/G Elective
 
Select one of the following: 3
Literature and Culture  
Elective
 
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies 3
ENG P/T/G Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 306 Eng Lit Survey II:Rest-Present 3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present  
P/T/G Elective
 
Select one of the following: 3
Literature and Culture  
Elective
 
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
Select one of the following: 3
 
Senior Studies: Transformations  
ENG P/T/G Elective 1 3
ENG P/T/G Elective 1 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
 
Senior Studies: Transformations  
ENG P/T/G Elective 1 3
ENG/CMM/CRW 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

Period/Topic/Genre

2

English Majors are required to take either ENG 350 Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War or ENG 351 Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present, not both. Literature concentrators who take ENG 350 Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War in the fall may take an ENG/CRW/CMM elective in the spring; those who take ENG 351 Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present in the spring, you may take an ENG/CRW/CMM elective in the fall.

Typical Program for Creative Writing Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
Math/Nat. Science 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 218 Critical Perspectives on Literature 3
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
Math/Nat. Science 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Social Science 3
FLL 3
CRW 3
Theology 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Elective 3
ENG 318 Shakespeare 3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
ENG 305 Eng Lit Survey I:thru Milton 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War  
Elective
 
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies 3
CRW 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 306 Eng Lit Survey II:Rest-Present 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present  
Elective
 
Elective 3
ENG Period (Post 1789) 3
CRW 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
Select one of the following: 3
 
Senior Studies: Transformations  
Elective 3
ENG/CMM/CRW 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
 
Senior Studies: Transformations  
CRW 3
ENG/CMM/CRW 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

English Majors are required to take either ENG 350 Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War or ENG 351 Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present, not both. Literature concentrators who take ENG 350 Amer Lit Survey I:to Civil War in the fall may take an ENG/CRW/CMM elective in the spring; those who take ENG 351 Am Lit SurveyII:CivWar-Present in the spring, you may take an ENG/CRW/CMM elective in the fall.