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Bachelor of Arts

The English major affords students essential insights into human nature and thought as well as an appreciation of the written word as a mode of expression. English majors are prepared for responsible careers in business, law, education, public service, information services, and other professional areas, as well as for graduate study in English. 

Upon graduation, students majoring in English will be able to demonstrate coherent historical knowledge of literature, analyze, interpret, evaluate and appreciate well-crafted literature and be able to share that appreciation with others, write clearly and persuasively, research, organize and communicate information effectively, help others with their writing, communicate effectively to a live audience, use their English skills to serve others in their communities, and explore career options and implement job search strategies.

Career Emphasis

The English major provides an excellent preparation for a number of careers as well as for continued graduate study in various areas. Students wishing to prepare themselves for specific careers other than teaching or graduate study in English are encouraged to take an emphasis, such as one of the following.

  • Library Science Emphasis: Students seeking careers in public, corporate or academic libraries can prepare themselves for graduate work in library science with courses emphasizing organization, management and information.
  • Public Service Emphasis: Students seeking careers in government, nonprofit institutions or service organizations will take supporting coursework emphasizing the history and character of institutions.
  • Law Emphasis: Students seeking careers in law are advised to take supporting coursework in philosophy, political science, and history.
  • Public Relations Emphasis: Students preparing for careers in public relations may supplement the major with additional coursework in mass communications and graphic design.

Core English Courses

ENGL 110 - Introduction to Literature

Students read short stories and poems for enjoyment, discussion and analysis. Learning literary terms and critical methods will be added course outcomes. Read more »

ENGL 210 - Modern Fiction

American, British and world writers of novels and short stories from the 20th century. Authors include Conrad, Kafka, Joyce, Lawrence, Faulkner, Woolf, Heminway, O'Brien, Cunningham, Morrison, Proulx, and others. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill. Read more »

ENGL 243 - Shakespeare

Representative plays from the major types (comedy, history, tragedy) for reading and analysis. Students will appreciate the universality of Shakespeare's art: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

ENGL 275 - Independent English Study II

By arrangement with instructor only. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill With departmental approval Read more »

ENGL 340 - Nineteenth Century American Literature

Essays, short stories, poetry, novels, and memoirs are studied in the historical, cultural, and artistic context of the nineteenth century. Seminal works by Irving, Rowson, Poe, Emerson, Stowe, Fuller, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, James and others. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

ENGL 360 - British Romanticism

Poetry, fiction and prose, including Blake, William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Keats, and others. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

ENGL 460 - Senior Seminar

Historical and critical overview of major developments in literature with comprehensive examinations. Intended primarily for last-term senior English majors Read more »

ENGL 490 - English Internship

On-site professional work experiences; site and scheduling individually arranged. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill and junior status. With departmental approval Read more »

WRTG 159 - Contemporary Argument and Research

Current issues will be researched and discussed along with logic, analysis, persuasion and research methods. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

WRTG 420 - Composition Seminar/Practicum

Advanced essay writing, applied criticism and editing; recent composition and rhetoric theory. Students will also serve as tutors in writing courses and the Writing Lab. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill, and ENGL 01IR Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

In addition, completion of the English major requires one class from the following:

Two classes from the following:

Plus, six credit hours of other ENGL courses, one of which is numbered above 300.

NOTE: ENGL 211 is interchangeable with 210; ENGL 345 is interchangeable with 340; and ENGL 365 is interchangeable with 360.