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English ( Literature )

English ( Literature )

English Program

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.

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

  1. Copywriters
  2. Editors
  3. Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers
  4. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  5. Postsecondary Teachers
  6. Public Interest Lawyers
  7. Technical Writers
  8. Writers