Degree Programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English and Language Studies

Bachelor of Arts in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English is a four-year undergraduate degree for students seeking to develop their talents in reading and writing, who want a solid grounding in literature and English studies for secondary or postsecondary teaching, who wish to prepare for graduate or professional study in such fields as English, library science, journalism, law, or business, or who wish to develop analytical, expressive, and rhetorical capacities that are valuable in many careers. 

The major consists of at least 36 credit hours above the 100 level in English language, literature, linguistics, and writing courses: ENG-L 202 (LS) / ENG-W 210 (WRDM), ENG-L 371, ENG-L 495 (9 credit hours) are specified to ensure that all majors have a common background. No more than 12 credit hours in the major may be at the 200 level. All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or better. 

Students may choose to concentrate in one of two tracks: Literary Studies (LS) or Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (WRDM). These tracks are described in more detail below. The English and Language Studies department also offers minors in Literature, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Spanish. 

The English department works cooperatively with the School of Education to administer a dual degree program in English and Secondary Education. Students participating in this program will complete both a Bachelor of Arts in English degree and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree (English/Language Arts). Students in this program will be certified to teach at the secondary school level. Please see an advisor in either the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or the School of Education for more information about this program. 

Please see the English and Language Studies department’s website regarding frequently asked questions about our degree programs, projected course offerings, and sample plans of study: 



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