The major in English is designed to develop in students an understanding of language and its uses; an effective, individual writing voice; a critical and aesthetic appreciation of literature; and an understanding of how literature illuminates the diversity of human experience. Because of its comprehensive nature and its focus on critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, the major prepares students for graduate study in English, library science, and law as well as career paths in which effective communication is central, such as teaching, publishing, advertising, public relations, and professional writing.
All students majoring in English take a 21-semester-hour core of courses and choose a complementary 18-semester-hour specialization in Literary and Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing. Students considering teaching English at the secondary level may take the 23-41-hour education minor in place of one of the above areas of specialization. Additionally, all students in the English major are required to take 6-semester hours from a specialization other than their own. Courses that may be taken as an elective are designated with a * in the offerings below.
Note: Students who declared the English major prior to the 2012 catalog should consult their particular catalog and meet with their academic advisors to determine appropriate coursework.