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BA in English - Concentrations

The BA program in English requires 120 semester credit hours, including the core curriculum, the major, and a minor. English majors must specialize in one of the following concentrations:

Degree Worksheets

The resources below can be used to help you organize and keep track of your general coursework requirements.

 

Literature and Language Concentration Requirements

Students majoring in English with a concentration in literature and language study literary works from a wide variety of periods and genres. They learn to think critically and analytically about literature and about language itself. This concentration prepares students for many careers—including teaching, government service, and business—and for graduate and professional study in fields requiring extensive reading and writing, such as law, medicine, and business.

1000-2000 Level Courses

  • ENGL 1301, 1302, 2391
  • Three hours from ENGL 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, 2371, and 2388 

3000-Level Courses

Majors are required to complete 15 hours at the 3000-level

  • Period Course
    • Take three of the following*: ENGL 3302, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3323, 3324, 3325, 3335, 3336, 333
      • One course must be Early: ENGL 3302, 3304, 3305, 3323, 3335
      • One must be American: ENGL 3323, 3324, 3325
      • One must be British: ENGL 3302, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309

*Note that some courses fulfill more than one category (e.g., ENGL 3302 is both Early and British; ENGL 3323 is both Early and American). However, three courses are required from this group.

  • Two additional 3000-level courses

4000-Level Courses

Majors are required to complete 12 hours at the 4000-level

  • ENGL 4374
  • Three additional 4000-level courses from the following:
    ENGL, 4300, 4301, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4321, 4342, 4351, 4371, or 4373

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Creative Writing Concentration Requirements

The major in English with a concentration in creative writing is designed for students wishing to write fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry with the guidance of teachers who write. This plan allows maximum concentration in literature courses so that, as they write, students may further understand and appreciate the aspects and techniques of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

In addition to the opportunities for writing and literary study, this concentration is especially appropriate for students interested in teaching creative writing and literature at the college level, studying creative writing and literature in graduate school, and preparing for professional graduate schools, such as law and business.

1000-2000 Level Courses

Majors are required to complete 12 hours at the 1000-2000-level

  • ENGL 1301 and 1302
  • Six hours of 2000-level courses
    • Three hours from ENGL 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, 2371, or 2388
    • Three hours from ENGL 2351 or 2391

3000 Level Courses

Majors are required to complete 15 hours at the 3000-level

  • One early literature period course: ENGL 3302, 3304, 3305, or 3335
  • One British literature period course: ENGL 3302, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3308, or 3309
  • One American literature period course: ENGL 3323, 3324, or 3325
  • Six hours of ENGL 3351 under two separate genres: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction

4000 Level Courses

Majors are required to complete 12 hours at the 4000-level

  • ENGL 4351
    Note: Permission to take 4351 requires: 1. submission of a writing sample, 2.  the prerequisite of ENGL 3351 in the same genre, and 3. permission of the instructor
  • Three additional 4000-level courses from the following:
    ENGL 4300, 4301, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4321, 4342, 4351, 4371, 4373, or 4374

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Certificate Program for Teaching in the Secondary School Requirements

Students seeking a provisional certificate with English Language Arts as a teaching field may satisfy the requirement in English through the Bachelor of Arts degree. Certification requirements are determined by the State Board for Education Certification and are subject to change.