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The study of literature and its assorted periods and genres is an indispensable part of a liberal arts education. Through the English curriculum, students will learn to think critically on the human experience that literature presents as they explore the questions that various poems, plays, short stories, and novels raise. Further, from Composition I forward, students practice the use of formal writing and expression in order to organize their thoughts, provide and incorporate researched evidence for their claims, and support their arguments.


Students majoring in English will be able to:

  1. Excel in writing and oral communication through the study and analysis of literature and the techniques of composition.
  2. Develop skills necessary for perceptive reading, critical thinking, and effective writing and speech.
  3. Develop skills necessary to succeed in graduate study or careers in education, law, medicine, ministry, library science or communications, among other career options.
  4. Have the ability to write clear, practically error-free prose.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use primary texts, reference sources, and periodicals in preparing research.

Requirements for the Major in English

A major in English requires 124 credit hours. This includes 12 required major courses (36 credit hours), and one elective major course (3 credit hours). Before taking courses in the major or minor areas, English majors and minors must complete the Composition sequence, and Introduction to Literature. These prerequisite courses do not count toward the English major or minor. English majors or minors must earn a C or better in the Composition, Literature, and in major and minor courses.

Students are advised to take survey courses in sequence. For general electives, English majors are encouraged to take courses which lead to certification in Teacher Education.

Requirements for the Minor in English

A minor in English requires 21 hours. Minors are required to take ENG 231-- American Literature I, ENG 232 -- American Literature II, ENG 331 -- British Literature I, ENG 332 British Literature II, ENG 335 Shakespeare, and ENG 430 African American Literature. They must also take one additional elective English course at or above the 200 level.

Requirements for Teacher Licensure in Secondary English (7-12)

English Curriculum and Suggested Program

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