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The Division of English and Applied Linguistics offers two majors: an English Major and an English and ESL Major.

The English Major is comprised of three emphases, each sharing courses with the others while focusing on a particular field of study. These are: 1) the Literature Emphasis; 2) the English for Education Emphasis; and 3) the Language Emphasis. The Literature and English for Education Emphases require 42 credit hours beyond EN110, EN111, and either EN210 or EN213 while the Language Emphasis requires 36 credit hours beyond EN110 and EN111. The Division also offers two minors


Both the English Minor and the Writing Minor require 18 credit hours beyond EN110 and EN111.

Students planning careers as teachers of English, language arts, or ESL (English as a Second Language) should declare a double major combining English and Secondary Education or English and ESL.  Such students will take a selection of English and Linguistics courses as well as a selection of Education courses, the selections reflecting the nature of the double major. The requirements for each double major are given below.

A Bachelor's degree program in English provides the student with a solid foundation in the humanities, expertise in writing, and training in analytical and critical thinking.  The English major forms the intellectual basis for graduate study in English and other areas of scholarship, and it provides as well excellent preparation for professional careers in a wide variety of fields which thrive on the advantages of a liberal arts education.

To become certified to teach, students must also declare a major in Secondary Education under Option A with English as the primary content major.  Students should seek advisement from both English and a Secondary Education adviser.

Upon successful completion of any of the English Program’s emphases, the student will demonstrate the ability to: 
  1. Understand the concepts, structures, and functions of human languages;
  2. Describe the aesthetic, rhetorical, structural, and multicultural qualities texts, as well as critical and historical approaches to those texts;
  3. Prepare, organize, and deliver effective oral presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  4. Conduct substantive research using discipline-appropriate techniques, methodologies, and environments (digital or non-digital), producing or locating valid data and source materials;
  5. Write coherent, discipline-appropriate essays and research papers, documenting properly to avoid plagiarism.





(Total:  42 Credit Hours)

Literature majors will take EN 210 or EN213 as one of their Area 2 General Education requirements.

Required Courses: (24 credit hours): EN225, LN300, EN311, EN314, EN317, EN318 EN461 or EN473 or EN/AN333; EN480.

Electives (18 credit hours, at least nine of which must be at the 400-level): any 300- or 400-level EN or LN course.


Note: Students successfully completing either ED492 Practicum in Student Teaching or ED498 Internship in Teaching may waive EN480.



(Total:  36 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (27 credit hours):  LN101, LN300, LN350, LN385, LN400, LN401, LN460, EN210, and EN400.

Electives (9 credit hours): Three courses from the following, but no more than one per group:

  • Group 1: Any EN300- or EN400- level literature course
  • Group 2: EN213, 319, EN/AN333, EN470 series (1 course), or LN371
  • Group 3: LN440b, AN212, 320, 330, 421, CO226, 250, 310, 340, or ED444



(Total:  42 Credit Hours)

Required Courses: EN225, EN312, EN314, EN318 or EN320 or EN/AN333, EN319, EN400, LN300, LN350, LN385, CO350.

Electives:  Group 1: Chose 6 credits or 2 courses (1 of the  courses must be a 400+ level) from:  EN311, EN321, EN450, EN460, EN470, EN480.  Group 2:  Choose 6 credits or 2 courses from:  LN400, LN401, LN460, LN440.


English Minor Requirements

(Total: 18 Credit Hours)

To complete the English minor requirements students must complete 6 required credits in LN101 and either EN210 or EN213.  They much also take 12 elective credit hours of EN or LN courses, at least 9 credit hours at the 300- or 400- level.

EN086, EN100, EN110, and EN111 may not be counted towards the minor in English.


Writing Minor Requirements

(Total: 18 Credit Hours)

Required courses (the three courses below are required of all writing minors):

  • EN311: Creative Writing
  • EN316: Professional Writing
  • EN319: Advanced Composition

Electives: (9 credit hours from the following courses)

  • CS200: Computer Applications or BA130: Introduction to Computer Operations
  • CO226: Reporting and Writing the News
  • CO336: Writing for Broadcast Media
  • CO385: Print Media Experience
  • AR240: Computer Graphic Design
  • AR340: Digital Imaging Technique
  • LN300: Linguistics
  • EN400: Rhetoric and Composition
  • EN411: Advanced Creative Writing

What careers are available to someone with a degree in English?

Traditionally, English graduates have become:

  • English Teachers
  • ESL Teachers
  • Creative Writers
  • Publishers
  • Producers
  • Journalists
  • Broadcasters
  • Public Relations Developers
  • Public Information Officers/Directors
  • Grant Writers
  • Investigators
  • Fundraisers
  • Human Resource Managers

But an English Degree as a Pre-Professional Major or a Pre-Masters Major also prepares you to enter careers in:

  • Management
  • Diplomacy
  • Linguistics
  • Education Administration
  • An Education Specialty
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Film
  • Business
  • Science
  • International Relations
  • Library/Information Science

*This listing of careers comes from the various websites listed in the following pages and from the general knowledge of the UOG English Division faculty.


One College’s Survey of the Fields Its English Majors Enter . . .

Hartwick College (Oneonta, New York) regularly conducts surveys of its majors’ careers.  In its most recent survey (2009, graduates between 1999-2007), of 176 graduates it was found that:

Education is the field most frequently entered by graduates (72% of the 176)

with business in second place (19%),

and writing and publishing (14%) in third.

Similarly, in responses to their 1999 survey (graduates between 1989-1998, 289 surveyed), the four top positions were

  • teaching (64% of the total surveyed),
  • publishing (44%),
  • administration (31%), and
  • business (31%).

(These percentages add up to over 100% because people reported that they have worked in more than one field.) 

In the 2009 (graduates between 1999-2007)questionnaires no graduates say that they are lawyers, though 4 have attended or are attending law school.  Responses also point to education as the field again chosen by most English majors, and a smaller percentage work in business and publishing and writing than 9 years ago. There also are fewer graduates reporting careers in finance, health services, management, and social services.


From:  The Website of the Department of English & Theatre Arts, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820. March 2009.  Accessed 14 November 2010. http://www.hartwick.edu/Documents/ENGL/ENGLISHAlumniSurveyReportMarch2008_3_.pdf