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B.A. in English


Literature is one of the core areas in the humanities. Literary studies are at the center of debates concerning culture, politics, education, and language. A degree in English enriches students' appreciation of literature and teaches students to think analytically and logically (in oral and written expression) and to appreciate the importance of using language correctly and effectively. An English degree is an excellent preparation for almost any professional occupation, including teaching, law, medicine, administration, and government-related work.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 124

General Education Requirements

See the 'General Education/Core Curriculum' for the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Requirements

A major in English for the B.A. degree consists of 42 semester hours, including 30 hours at the 300-level and above in addition to the 12 hours of 100- and 200-level courses required by the College of Liberal Arts. The following categories must be satisfied:

Semester   Category             Course
 6        Composition           101-102
 6        Literary survey       221-Survey of World Literature I
                                222-Survey of World Literature II
                                223-Survey of American Literature I
                                224-Survey of American Literature II
                                225-Survey of British Literature I
                                226-Survey of British Literature II
 6       Junior seminar         390-Major Authors of British Literature
                                391-Major Authors of American Literature
                                392-Major Authors of World Literature
                                398-Literary Criticism
 3       Shakespeare            385-Shakespeare
 9       English electives      Courses at the 300-level or above
 12      Adv English electives  Courses at the 400- or 500-level

One elective must be in literature before 1800.

Other Academic Requirements

Six hours of English composition are prerequisites for all 200-level literature courses. Six hours of 200-level literature courses are prerequisites for all 300-level and above English courses.

A student may take up to 15 hours in writing (including freshman courses) that will count toward the major. In lieu of one or two courses during the senior year, a student may take Senior Thesis 499 for 3 or 6 credits with approval of the director of undergraduate studies.

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