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2019-2020 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 (36 credits)


(6 credit hours at the 2000-level) Historical Surveys
Choose 1 Survey I(3 credits)

  • American Literature Survey I (AML2010) (3 credits)
  • British Literature Survey I (ENL2012) (3 credits)
  • World Literature Survey I (LIT2110) (3 credits)
    Choose 1 Survey II(3 credits)
  • American Literature Survey II (AML2020) (3 credits)
  • British Literature Survey II (ENL2022) (3 credits)
  • World Literature Survey II (LIT2120) (3 credits)


Communication and Content (15 credits)
(15 Credit Hours at the 3000-level)

  • Required:LIT 3213 Art of Critical Reading and Writing I (3 credits)
  • Required:LIT 3214 Art of Critical Reading and Writing II (3 credits)
  • Choose 1 (3 credits): Communications, Performance, or Production: Creative Writing, Advanced Writing, Film, New Media, or Theater/Drama
  • Choose 2 (6 credits): Reading, Contexts, Authors , and Methods: Historical, Literary,or Cultural Studies


Critical Thinking, Communication, and Content (15 credits)
(15 Credit Hours at the 4000-level)

  • Choose 3 (9 credits): Advanced Studies in Authors, Cultures, Literary Theories or Topics
  • Choose 1 (3 credits): Communications, Performance , or Production: Creative Writing, Advanced Writing, Film, New Media, or Theater/Drama
  • Required (3 credits): Capstone Workshop, Internship, another designated Capstone Experience

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)
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 credit hours 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

Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Latin, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being 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).