Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English
Emphasizing precision of thought, clarity of communication, excellence in writing, as well as critical thinking and research methods, an English major is a fine preparation for a variety of careers. Students who earn a B.A. in English have many opportunities after graduation, from teaching, journalism, and creative writing to law, marketing, and publishing.
Areas of instruction
- Major Figures: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison etc.
- Eras: Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern
- Genres: novel, drama, poetry
- African-American Studies
- Composition and Rhetoric
- Creative writing: nonfiction, fiction, poetry
- Cultural Studies
- History and criticism of film & television
- Post-colonial Anglophone literatures
- Women's writing
The English Major requires a minimum of 33 hours (11 classes) up to a maximum of 45 hours (15 classes) in the study of English language and literature.
All students are required to take English 86: Critical Approaches to Literature, and it is recommended that this be completed in the sophomore year.
Of the total required hours in English, a minimum of 21 hours (7 classes) must be at the 100 level or above.
At the100 level, our advanced courses, at least 3 hours (1 class) must be taken in each of the 4 department categories:
- Category A: study of the English Language, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, critical theory, and cultural studies (ENGS 101-120, ENGS 201-212 and all FTS courses)
- Category B: study in ancient, medieval, 16th or 17th-century literary traditions (ENGS 131-140, ENGS 221-222 )
- Category C: study in 18th or 19th-century literary traditions (ENGS 141-160, ENGS 241-242)
- Category D: study in 20th or 21st-century literary traditions (ENGS 161-190, ENGS 251-252)
In the senior year, all students must complete a 200-level senior seminar, the topics of which vary by instructor. The senior seminar may also fulfill one of the 4 department categories above.
No more than 9 hours of advanced writing (ENGS 117-120 and FTS 144 and 145) may count towards the major.
No more than 9 hours of Film and Television Studies (FTS) at any level may count towards the major.
No more than 3 hours of World Literature (WLIT) may count toward the major.
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