The Bachelor of Arts in English offers students the opportunity to pursue a major in English. Students who do so acquire the ability to read and interpret a variety of texts, both literary and literal, with an eye to their rhetorical strategies and meanings. They also become familiar with literary genres within the context of literary history, literary theory, and the history of ideas. The English major has many practical applications, with graduates pursuing diverse career paths that include employment in education, law, technical writing, editing and publishing, print and broadcast journalism, public relations and political consulting, civil and foreign service, and local and national security. English majors are sought after for management positions in business and nonprofit organizations, as well as by graduate schools in medicine, law, and social work.
Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in English are presented below:
- Graduates will write clearly and effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
- Graduates will interpret texts critically and analytically, taking into account cultural and historical contexts as well as theoretical approaches to interpretation.
- Graduates will produce original scholarship that follows MLA guidelines.
Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university as specified on our Applying for Admissions site. The Bachelor of Arts in English has no separate or special admission requirements.
- Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified on our Academic Requirements site.
- Students must take at least 36 hours at the 3000 level or above and at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
- Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in each course applied toward Major Requirements.