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2022-2023 Catalog
English (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for English

Major: English Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Prerequisites (6 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

ENC1101 (GW) Rhetoric and Writing (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: ENCXXXX

ENC1102 (GW) The Informed Writer (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: ENCXXXX

Major Requirements (30 credits)

Select 2 literary period courses: (one of the courses must be selected from the early period and the other from the later period of either American or British literature).

CATEGORY 1 (6 credits)

Select two courses in Literary Interpretation, Criticism, and/or Theory:

  • ENG 4013 Approaches to Literary Interpretation
  • ENG 4930 Special Topics in Criticism and Theory
  • FIL 3006 Analyzing Film
  • LIT 3213 Art of Critical Reading
  • LIT 3420 Approaches to Literature: Psychology

CATEGORY 2 (6 credits)

Select two courses from either category A or category B:
Category A, Writing Studies:

  • ENC 3250 Professional Communication
  • ENC 3310 Writing Prose
  • ENC 3930 Topics in Composition
  • ENC 4930 Advanced Topics in Composition
  • HIS 3051 Craft of the Historian
  • Other courses with permission of department chair

    Category B, Literature in/as Performance:
  • Select any 3000 level or 4000 level courses with the following prefixes: CRW, FIL, THE, TPP
  • Other courses with permission of department chair

CATEGORY 3 (3 credits)

  • LIT 4934 Senior Seminar

CATEGORY 4 (15 Credits)

  • Any five upper-level (3000 or 4000 level) Department of English course that are not used to satisfy the requirements for Category 1, Category 2, and/or Category 3; and that are not used to satisfy a requirement for one of the Department of English minors.

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.*
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 hrs of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete the foreign language or foreign culture requirement with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • Part 1 of languages are typically offered in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
  • Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a "C" or better in a French or Spanish at the level at which they placed.
  • Students who choose this option may also be eligible for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits of retroactive credit if they complete with a "C" or above in a 3000 level French or Spanish course.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, although in this case placement will be determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (7 credits)


This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).