[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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The major in English is designed to develop in students an understanding of language and its uses; an effective, individual writing voice; a critical and aesthetic appreciation of literature; and an understanding of how literature illuminates the diversity of human experience. Because of its comprehensive nature and its focus on critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, the major prepares students for graduate study in English, library science, and law as well as career paths in which effective communication is central, such as teaching, publishing, advertising, public relations, theatre, and professional writing.

All students majoring in English take a 24-semester-hour core of courses and choose a complementary 10-23-semester-hour specialization in literary studies, professional writing, or theatre. Students considering teaching English at the secondary level may take the 23-41-hour education minor in place of one of the above areas of specialization. All students pursuing an English major must take the Junior Oral Examination (ENG 399 ) during the spring term of their junior year.

Note: Students who declared the English major prior to the 2002-03 catalog should consult their particular catalog and meet with their academic advisors to determine appropriate coursework.

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Literary Studies Specialization

Theatre Specialization




Students will complete the specialization with the following courses:

Plus nine (9) hours from the following

(of which at least 6 hours must be 300 level or higher):

Professional Writing Specialization

Professional Writing (21 credit hours)

Students pursuing a specialization in professional writing must take the following required courses in addition to the core curriculum:

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120

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