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Department of Humanities

Degree Offered 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours excluding deficiency courses and remedial work, complete the University’s core requirements, and earn the grade of C or better in all major courses.
In addition, the Department of Humanities offers minors in English French, Spanish, Arabic, History, and African American Studies.

Major

The Department of Humanities offers a major in English. English majors are required to complete 30 hours in major courses. All students majoring in English must successfully complete the following course requirements:

I. University Core Courses

II. Departmental Core Courses

  • ART 190 Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • ENG 211 Introduction to World Literature
  • MUS 225 Music Appreciation
  • PHI 240 Introduction to Philosophy
  • Departmental Core Elective (from French, Spanish, Theatre, Religion or Ethics)

III. Major Courses

  • ENG 300 Critical Analysis
  • ENG 309 Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENG 310 Old English to Neoclassical Literature
  • ENG 311 Romantic to Modern British Literature
  • ENG 312 American Literature: Colonial to the Civil War
  • ENG 313 Comparative Literature
  • ENG 314 African American Literature
  • ENG 400-409 Special Topic in English Literature
  • ENG 410-419 Special Topic in American Literature
  • ENG 420-429 Special Topic in African American Literature

Graduate Studies for English majors

Note: If you are interested in graduate studies, make an appointment to talk with the Department Chair and Graduate studies' Advisor early in your junior year. 

  • ENG 400-409 Special Topic in English Literature (3)
  • ENG 410-419 Special Topic in American Literature (3)
  • ENG 420-429 Special Topic in African American Literature (3)