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    Program Contact: Dr. Donald I. Ulin

    Want to go places? Our English major will take you to medieval Europe and to African villages. Want to get to know interesting characters? You'll meet them in the pages of books written by great writers.

    In our program, you'll design a course of study to suit your own interests and your own career plans. You'll take courses in British, American and world literature. You also can get real-world experience by serving as an intern or studying abroad and walking the same streets as William Shakespeare, Albert Camus or James Joyce. 

    With a degree in English, you'll be prepared for a wide range of careers in many fields, including business, politics, education and journalism. Or, you can take what you have learned and go to graduate school.

    What you can do with a degree in English. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements


    Course Requirements in the Major


    Six courses required from the following list:


    including at least one course from a period prior to 1800 (indicated with asterisks), and one course from each group (18 credits)

    American Literature Survey


    British/European Literature Survey


    Contemporary World Literature


    Western Foundations


    (these courses cannot count as pre-1800)

    Second language proficiency through and including the intermediate level (or the equivalent) - 0-9 Credits

    Note:


    Twelve additional credits of electives in English, writing, or comparative literature courses: At least 9 credits from all of the credits counting toward the major (in addition to capstone and critical methods) must be taken at the 1300 or 1400 level. Three of those credits may include ENG 1499 Internship

    Total credits required for the major: 42-51


    Minor (recommended): 15-24


    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable


    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised


    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Ulin Donald

    Dr. Donald Ulin

    ulin@pitt.edu

    Director of English Program, Associate Professor of English

    814-362-0243

    Swarts 102C


    Howell, Tracee

    Dr. Tracee Howell

    tlh35@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Composition Program, and Director of the Writing Center

    814-362-7522

    Swarts 234b


    Jensen, Max

    Dr. Max F. Jensen

    mfjensen@pitt.edu

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

    814-362-7515

    102A Swarts Hall


    McCabeNancy

    Dr. Nancy McCabe

    ngm4@pitt.edu

    Director of Writing Program and Professor of Writing

    814-362-0785

    Swarts 102E


    Ogundayo BioDun

    Dr. BioDun Ogundayo

    ogundayo@pitt.edu

    Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature

    814-362-5015

    Swarts 102F


    Tessmer Gary

    Mr. Gary Tessmer

    tessmer@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Composition

    814-362-7685

    Swarts 102