Oct 03, 2023  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Writing Concentration, B.A.

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Ron Kates, program coordinator

A major in English with a concentration in Writing consists of 36 hours of which no more than six (6) may be lower-division hours.

  1. English major core: All majors, regardless of concentration, will take the following: ENGL 3000  or ENGL 3007 ; ENGL 3030 ; ENGL 3010  or ENGL 3020 ; ENGL 3570 , ENGL 4520 , ENGL 4530 , ENGL 4605 , or ENGL 4670  (approved topics); and ENGL 4999 .
  2. When taught by an English faculty member, WGST, AAS, JHS, and certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500  and UH 4600 ) may be substituted with approval of advisor. No non-departmental lower division courses will be accepted.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of lower-division literature coursework (not counting the General Education requirements) may be taken toward the major. These hours will be appropriately assigned by the student’s departmental advisor. No more than 3 hours (one course) may be taken to satisfy the core course requirement.
  4. Majors are expected to consult a member of the English faculty each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives.
  5. Recommended minors for English majors include a foreign language minor, Film Studies, History, Linguistic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Writing, Southern Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, but students may choose a minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures  ) or from the interdisciplinary minors (see Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors ).

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Writing, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 36 hours
     Major Core    (12 hours)
     Writing Concentration Courses    (6 hours)
     Literature/Culture/Film Elective Courses    (6 hours)
     English Elective Courses    (12 hours)
Foreign Language 6 hours
Approved Bachelor of Arts Minor 15-18 hours
Electives 19-22 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

One course from the following:

Writing Concentration Courses (6 hours)

Writing Elective Courses (18 hours)

  • Two ENGL 3000/4000 literature/culture/film electives chosen in consultation with departmental advisor.
  • Four writing electives chosen from the ENGL 3500/4500 or 3600/4600 sequence, excluding ENGL 3605 . Students may use one 3000/4000 level writing-intensive course from another department with English departmental advisor approval.

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

  • Students must successfully complete 2010 and 2020 or any courses numbered above the 2000 level in a single foreign language.

Minor (15-18 hours)

  • Approved Bachelor of Arts minor

Electives (19-22 hours)

Recommended Curriculum: English, Writing

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1020 , ENGL 2020 , and ENGL 2030 . Typically, students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000  and one other English course.

The Academic Maps  provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours


  • 0 credit hours

  • ENGL 3000-4000-level courses 6 credit hours
  • ENGL Writing electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses or electives 9 credit hours
  • Electives 7 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

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