English - BA

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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


    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


    Director of English Program, Associate Professor of English


    Swarts 102C

    Howell, Tracee

    Dr. Tracee Howell


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


    Swarts 234b

    Jensen, Max

    Dr. Max F. Jensen


    Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature


    102A Swarts Hall


    Dr. Nancy McCabe


    Director of Writing Program and Professor of Writing


    Swarts 102E

    Ogundayo BioDun

    Dr. BioDun Ogundayo


    Director of Africana Studies Program, Director of Foreign Language Program, and Associate Professor of French & Comparative Literature


    Swarts 102F

    Tessmer Gary

    Mr. Gary Tessmer


    Assistant Professor of Composition


    Swarts 102