Program Details

The bachelor's of arts in English is a dynamic and thematically diverse major that provides excellent training in literature, language, research, creative and professional writing, and film.

As a graduate of the English & Communications department, you will have the academic credentials and the extensive interpersonal and other skills that will assist you to meet the rigorous demands of career paths such as teaching, editing, publishing, and others, or for graduate study.

Your courses in the major fall into three broad area: foundation courses that everyone takes, concentration courses that focus on your particular learning goals, and electives that expand your knowledge on specific topics.

Foundation courses (24 credits)

All majors take the following eight courses.

  • ENGL 211 Introduction to Mass Media 3 cr 
  • ENGL 250 Introduction to Literature 3 cr
  • One of the following language studies courses 3cr:
    • COMM 231 The Power of Words 
    • ENGL 313 Global Anglophone Language & Literature
    • ENGL 331 The Story of English
    • COMM 481 From Semiotics to Significations
    • one 200-level or above foreign language course 
  • ENGL 313, ENGL 341, ENGL 363, ENGL 365-80 Texts in Context (Select one) 3 cr
  • ENGL 381-94 Diverse Voices in American Culture (select one) 3 cr
  • Any advanced writing course at 200 level or above 3 cr
  • One of the following literary survey courses:
    • ENGL 451 British Literary Survey
    • ENGL 461 American Literary Survey 
    • ENGL 471 World Literary Survey 3 cr
  • ENGL 490 Senior Seminar 3 cr 


Concentration courses 

Beyond the foundation courses shared by everyone, you select a concentration. Discuss which concentration best meets your interests, talents, and career goals with your advisor.

Film Studies


Writing (Creative & Professional)

Departmental Electives (6 credits)

Finally, you complete your major with additional courses that broaden your preparation. Working closely with your advisor, you choose the electives that enrich your qualifications for such career objectives as law, teaching, journalism, media design, public relations, advertising, insurance, real estate, radio or television production, technical writing, consumer relations, editing, politics, and many more.

For example, if you have a concentration in Journalism, you might choose:

  • Two courses in Public Relations that both strengthen your concentration and broaden your career options 
  • Two courses in Literature that broaden your understanding of story-telling strategies
  • Any combination that best suits your individual needs and preferences

Your choice of electives should follow a coherent plan, reflecting your career goals, and broadening your exposure to the field.