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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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Under the guidance of faculty advisors, English majors complete a program in one of two areas of study: literature, rhetoric and cultural studies or journalism. Each student is required to take the 18-credit English core, in addition to a 24-28 credit area of study. Students earning a B.A. in English may not double major in the B.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation for B.A. in English.

Students pursuing the B.A. in English are required to:

  • Maintain at least a 2.000 grade point average in the major.
  • Complete 21 credits from upper-division courses in the major.
  • Complete the Senior Seminar requirement ENG 498A  or ENG 498B  

area of study requirements (24-28 credits)

Students complete requirements for literature, rhetoric and cultural studies or journalism area of study.

total credits 42-46

literature, rhetoric and cultural studies area of study (24 credits)

At least 21 of the 24 elective credits must be at the upper-division level and at least six credits must be at the 400-level. Although many courses satisfy elective requirements in multiple areas (in the diversity, pre-1850, post-1850 and additional elective categories), elective courses cannot be double-counted.


two courses from each group

  • diversity: world literature, comparative literature, cultural diversity, literature in translation, film and gender, women’s literature or multicultural literature 
  • pre-1850: literature written before 1850
  • post-1850: literature written after 1850

additional electives (6 credits)

two of the following

Courses listed above under diversity, pre-1850 and post-1850 can also count as additional electives after students complete the required six credits in those categories.

journalism area of study (28 credits)

Journalism prepares students for a career in the news media. Journalism students are encouraged to minor in history, American studies, foreign languages, music, religion, art history, peace studies or political science.

three of the following (9 credits)

(at least six credits must be at the upper-division)

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