Bachelor of Arts in English

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all English courses. For one possible breakdown of the English major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

Requirements   Credits 
 English  30
      ENG 103. Writing for Literature
      ENG 203. English Literature I
      ENG 204. English Literature II
      ENG 220. American Literature I
      ENG 221. American Literature II
      English electives: five advanced courses*
      Comprehensive examinations**
3
3
3
3
3
15
0
   
 History***  6
   
 Foreign Language  312
      One modern or classical language course at the 202 level or above**** 3–12
 Mathematics  3
      One mathematics course at the 107 level or higher 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

 General Electives  3544
 Total  120

* ENG 210, 211, 212, 213 and 230 may not be counted as advanced courses except at the discretion of the department head. 

** Comprehensive Examinations: In the spring of the student's senior year, an English major must pass oral comprehensive examinations in British and American literature. 

*** Recommended: HIST 101. Europe to 1815 & HIST 102. Europe since 1815, or
HIST 201. United States History to 1865 & HIST 202. United States History Since 1865.

**** English majors are required to earn a minimum of 3 credits in a classical or modern language course, 202 or above. The number of courses and the amount of preparation needed to satisfy this requirement, therefore, depend on the student's previous education.


Secondary Education Certification

Students should contact advisers in the School of Education for specific requirements for certification in English.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in English

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ENG 101  3 ENG 102  3
ENG 103  3 ENG 204  3
ENG 203  3 History** 3
Foreign Language*/General Elective 3 SBU 102  1
SBU 101  2 Foreign Language/General Elective 3
    General Education Requirement 3
Total 14 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ENG 220  3 ENG 221  3
History** 3 Foreign Language 202 3
Foreign Language/General Elective 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 4 General Education Requirement 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
English Electives*** 6 English Elective*** 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 9
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
English Elective*** 3 English Elective*** 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 8
Total 15 Total 14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** Recommended: HIST 101. Europe to 1815 & HIST 102. Europe since 1815, or
HIST 201. United States History to 1865 & HIST 202. United States History Since 1865.

*** ENG 210, 211, 212, 213 and 230 may not be counted as electives except at the discretion of the department head. 


Requirements for a Minor in English

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in English: six English courses (18 credits), of which a maximum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 200 level and a minimum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 300 level or above. Note: ENG 230, ENG 250 & ENG 260 may NOT be used. Our Course Descriptions page lists all English courses.

To declare a minor, the following form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year.