Degrees & Requirements

The English Department offers various tracks designed to prepare you for a range of careers. 

The liberal arts foundation of an English major adapts well to a variety of professional pursuits and graduate interests.


  • English--Pre-Professional English: Publishing (B.A.)

    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II

    ENGL 332 Literary Theory (3)
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 360 Shakespeare
    ENGL 362 Studies in Major Authors

    ENGL 364 Studies in Literary Traditions: Ethnic, National, Regional, Cultural (3)
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirements
    MCOM 101 Mass Media and Society (3)
    MCOM 202 Writing, Reporting, and Editing (4)
    One course from: (3)
    MCOM 204 Beginning Publication Design
    ART 215 Web Design
    One course from: (2-3)
    CIMT 130 Computer Theory and Applications
    CIMT 140 Introduction to Computers

    ACCT 200 Spreadsheet Applications for Business (1)
    MGMT 305 Marketing in a Global Economy (3)
    One course outside of English
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey
    Any Math course beyond 099 or any Statistics course (3-4)

  • English-Literature & Creative Writing (B.A.)

    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing
    ENGL 231 Introduction to Poetry
    ENGL 232 Introduction to Fiction
    ENGL 233 Introduction to Drama
    ENGL 234 Introduction to Film
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 322 Poetry Workshop
    ENGL 323 Fiction Workshop
    ENGL 326 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey
    Any Math course beyond 099 or any Statistics course (3-4)

  • English-Literature (B.A.)

    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3) 
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II

    ENGL 332 Literary Theory (3)
    ENGL 360 Shakespeare (3)
    ENGL 364 Studies in Literary Traditions: Ethnic, National, Regional, Cultural (3)
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey
    Any Math course beyond 099 or any Statistics course (3-4)

  • English-Teacher Preparation (6-12)

    Departmental Requirements: 
    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    ENGL 203 World Literature (3)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I (3)
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II
    ENGL 332 Literary Theory (3)
    ENGL 333 Linguistics (3)
    ENGL 360 Shakespeare (3)
    ENGL 364 Studies in Literary Traditions: Ethnic, National, Regional, Cultural (3)
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey

    The senior project for the English major is met by 450.

    All juniors pass the junior-level writing proficiency test; a student who does not pass the test must enroll in and pass English 199 prior to repeating the writing proficiency test.

    Licensure Requirements:
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 440 Seminar: Teaching in Secondary School (2)
    EDUC 441 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School (10)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    EDUC 449 Reading, Writing and Instruction in Content Areas (3)
    EDUC 450 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary School (3)
    Total 32
    Additional Requirements 
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861*
    HIST 112 American History since 1862*
    Laboratory Science* (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics (4)
    Recommended
    One course from: (3)
    HHP 231 Personal Health
    HHP 232 School and Community Health
    HHP 251 Safety Education
    For middle school endorsement:
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2)

    The student should select core courses to meet state licensure requirements while fulfilling college graduation requirements.

    *Met as Modes of Inquiry in Core Requirements.

    Education 440, 441, and 450 are taken in the professional semester. Student Teaching is the senior project for teacher preparation, but individual departments may have additional senior project requirements.  

  • English–Pre-professional English 2: Library & Information Technology (B.A.)

    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    Two courses from: (6)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II

    ENGL 332 Literary Theory (3)
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 360 Shakespeare
    ENGL 362 Studies in Major Authors

    ENGL 364 Studies in Literary Traditions: Ethnic, National, Regional, Cultural (3)
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    ENGL Elective (3)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirements
    CIMT 140 Introduction to Computers (3)
    ART 215 Web Design (3)
    PHIL 231 Techniques of Reasoning (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    One course outside of English selected in consultation with advisor (3)
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey

    Any Math course beyond 099 or any Statistics course (3-4)
    STAT 162 (4)

  • Interdisciplinary English (PK-3, PK-6, 6-8) & Teacher Preparation

    Requirements:
    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    ENGL 203 World Literature (3)
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 250 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 251 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 252 Major British Writers III
    One course from: (3)
    ENGL 255 Major U.S. Writers I
    ENGL 256 Major U.S. Writers II

    ENGL 317 Literature for Children (3)
    ENGL 333 Linguistics (3)
    One additional 300–level English course (3)
    One course from:
    ENGL 450 Senior Seminar (3 – non-Teacher Preparation students)
    EDUC 421 Supervised Teaching in Primary, Elementary or Middle School (10)
    Total 21-24
    *Student Teaching is the senior project for Teacher Preparation students.

    Professional Requirements: 
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 310 Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 340 Contemporary Teaching of Science and Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools (3)
    EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2)
    EDUC 410 Practicum in Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
    EDUC 420 Seminar: Teaching in Elementary and Middle Schools (2)
    EDUC 421 Supervised Teaching in Primary, Elementary or Middle School (10)
    EDUC 430 Contemporary Teaching of Social Studies and Writing in Elementary and Middle Schools (3)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    Total 40
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions*
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey*
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey*
    RELG 200 Introduction to the Christian Faith*
    One course from: (3-4)
    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 PreCalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)

    MATH 311 Fundamentals of Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools (3)
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    HIST 111 American History to 1861** (3)
    HIST 112 American History since 1862 (3)
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 105 World History to 1500CE
    HIST 122 Modern Europe

    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    One course from: (3)
    ECON 151 Principles of Economics I
    ECON 152 Principles of Economics II
    One course from: (3)
    GEOG 111 Human Geography
    GEOG 331 Geography of the U.S. and Canada
    One course from: (4)
    BIOL 105 Introduction to College Biology**
    BIOL 117 General Biology**
    One course from: (3)
    ART 111 Introduction to Art & Design**
    ART 241 Crafts I**
    MUSC 318 Music, Learning, and Culture**
    THRE 105 Introduction to Acting**
    One course from: (4)
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
    ESCI 111 Physical Geology
    ESCI 201 Weather and Climate
    PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics
    PHYS 101 Astronomy
    Total 103-104
    *Met in Core Religion Requirements.
    **Met in Modes of Inquiry Core Requirement.

  • Minor in English-Creative Writing

    A student may minor in Creative Writing by completing 200; two courses chosen from 230, 231, 232, 233; two courses chosen from 322, 323, 326; and one 300-level elective course chosen in consultation with the department chair.

  • Minor in English-Literature

    A student may minor in English by completing 200; 250, 251, or 252; 255 or 256; and three 300-level electives chosen in consultation with the department chair.


  • This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.

    For Current Students, you may check your individual degree requirements using Self-Service. More information in regards to this can be found on the Registrar’s page.