Bachelor of Arts in English

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Students working toward a degree in English may choose from three options: Literature; Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literacies; or Secondary Education.

Core Courses
ENGL A201Masterpieces of World Literature I3
ENGL A202Masterpieces of World Literature II3
ENGL A433Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice3
ENGL A435History of Criticism3
ENGL A476History of English Language3
ENGL A489English Studies Senior Seminar3
Complete one of the following options: Literature; Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literacies; or Secondary Education24

Literature Option

National Literature
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
Literature of Britain I
Literature of Britain II
Literature of the United States I
Literature of the United States II
Texts of American Cultures and Regions
Period Courses
Complete 3 credits from one period and 6 credits from the other period:9
Earlier
Ancient Literature
Survey of Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Neoclassical Literature
Later
Literature of Romanticism
The Victorian Period
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Topics in Comparative Literature
Genre
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
Poetry
The Novel
Short Story
Narrative Nonfiction
Drama
Film Interpretation
Genres of Subject and Theme
Specialized Studies
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Shakespeare
and one of the following:
Topics in Women's Literature
Major Authors
Topics in Native Literatures
Alaska Native Literatures
Topics in English Studies
Complete 3 credits of upper-division ENGL electives3
Total Credits24
Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literacies Option
Disciplinary Foundations
Complete all three courses from the following:
LING A201How English Works3
ENGL A434History of Rhetoric3
ENGL A483Composition, Literacy and the Teaching of Writing3
Professional Practice
Complete 2 courses from the following:6
Advanced Technical Writing
Professional Writing
Research Writing
Linguistics and English Language Teaching
Professional Editing
Internship in Professional Writing
Civic Awareness and Participation
Complete 2 courses from the following:6
Language and Culture
Advanced Composition
Sociolinguistics
Public Science Writing
Topics in English Studies
How Language Works
Upper-Division Electives
Complete 1 upper-division ENGL course3
Total Credits24
Secondary Education Option
Reading and Literature
ENGL A424Shakespeare3
Complete one of the following or an approved upper-division ENGL literature or creative writing course:3
Texts of American Cultures and Regions
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Topics in Women's Literature
Topics in Comparative Literature
Topics in Native Literatures
Alaska Native Literatures
Complete one of the following:3
Literature of the United States I
Literature of the United States II
Complete one of the following:3
Poetry
The Novel
Short Story
Narrative Nonfiction
Drama
Film Interpretation
Genres of Subject and Theme
Language and Composition
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
Advanced Composition
Advanced Technical Writing
Professional Writing
Research Writing
Complete one of the following:3
How Language Works
How English Works
ENGL A450Linguistics and English Language Teaching3
ENGL A474Sociolinguistics3
Total Credits24

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. 

Honors in English

The Department of English recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in English. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared English major, satisfy all requirements for a BA in English (Literature; Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literacies; or Secondary Education option), and fulfill the following:

  1. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.50 in all courses in the English major.
  3. Complete 6 credits of the following 400-level topics courses with a grade of A:
    Major Authors
    Topics in Comparative Literature
    Topics in Native Literatures
    Topics in English Studies
  4. Complete ENGL A499 with a grade of A.

The honors thesis itself is shaped by these guidelines:

  • A student wishing to take ENGL A499 should coordinate the process from the beginning with two faculty members (one considered primary, one secondary), one of whom must be a full-time tenure-track member of the English Department.
  • The secondary faculty member may be from another department with the approval of the primary faculty member. Both faculty members should be involved in the project from early in the process.
  • The student is responsible for locating the two faculty members and securing their agreement to become involved in the project.
  • The student should meet regularly (about once every couple of weeks) with the primary faculty member guiding the thesis to ensure that the project remains on track.
  • The student may well benefit from concurrent enrollment in ENGL A414.
  • The process should begin with a proposal of no more than 1,000 words (statement of purpose, preliminary controlling generalization and outline) along with an annotated bibliography of about 10 items. This proposal needs to be approved by both faculty members before the student may proceed to write the honors thesis itself.
  • The anticipated length of the project is 7,500-10,000 words (exclusive of reference page[s]).
  • The final paper needs to be submitted to the two faculty members by the end of the last week of instruction of the semester during which the student is enrolled in ENGL A499.
  • The project should be undertaken in a student’s senior year.
  • Successful completion of ENGL A499 (with success defined as an A for the honors thesis) may be used to count for 3 credits toward the 7 credit requirement of the honors senior project.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

All options prepare majors to conduct research in the discipline and to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. In addition, each option offers the opportunity to earn honors in English. The specific student learning outcomes that support the undergraduate program objectives are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • Read closely.
  • Interpret texts analytically.
  • Conduct research effectively.
  • Weigh evidence critically.
  • Write coherently.