Program Requirements

The primary focus of the English program is the study and appreciation of literature. A traditional liberal arts major, English has always offered its students opportunities for self-knowledge and growth as they explore the ideas of great writers of the past and present. However, the English major is also a practical choice. Because English courses encourage critical thinking, clear writing, and effective communication, students electing this major often choose careers in teaching, law, management, journalism, library science, government service and other fields. The English program also offers students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study.

Major Courses Required: complete at least 36-37 credits according to one of the following sequences:

English Major Sequence: ENG 302 or 303, 406. 3 credits of intensive study of a major writer or period; 6 credits each in British, American and world literature; and 9 credits of electives in literature and communication.

English Secondary Education Certification 
Total Program: 122-124 credits

Liberal Arts Core:  43 credits

COM 103 or 155, PSY 101
, COM 101 with a minimum grade of B-

Secondary Education Professional Education: 33 credits

SPE 100, ED 203, 206, 309, 306, 313, 333, 416, 430, 470, 472

Major:  40 credits

ENG 202, 209, 302 or 303, 404, 406, COM 270; 310; a 3-credit COM Media, Film or Theatre; 3 credits in Expository or Creative Writing; 3 credits of intensive study of a major writer or period; 12 credits of electives representing British, American, and World Literature, including at least one course each in fiction, drama, or poetry.

Related Requirements:  6 credits

PSY 210, MAT (not MAT 100 or under Liberal Arts)

English Minor: 
Students majoring in other fields, particularly those in which communication skills are valuable assets, may wish to consider an English minor attained by completing the following:
18 credits in English and/or Communication with a maximum of 6 credits in Communication. COM 100 and 101 cannot be applied toward the minor.

Seniors may not register for a 100 level English or Communication course without the permission of the Department Chair.


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