College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
English : Major Requirements

English majors are encouraged to assume responsibility for the direction of their education by developing a course of study based on their goals. From the numerous courses offered, a total of 40 semester hours in English is required. Of these hours, students must complete 14 hours of study at the 300 level: English 328 (The Language of Literary Art), English 325 (Survey of British Literature I), English 326 (Survey of British Literature II), and English 327 (Survey of American Literature).

A minimum of 26 hours must be drawn from the 400 level. English 328 (The Language of Literary Art) or a 200-level creative writing course is a prerequisite for advanced writing courses. Either English 325 & 326 (Surveys of British Literature I & II) or English 327 (Survey of American Literature) is required before students can take advanced literature courses. English majors may not count EGL 450, Independent Study, toward completion of the major.

English 102, Writing II, is strongly recommended as a foundation course for all English majors.

Placement Guidelines for English 101 (Writing I) and English 102 (Writing II)

If a student has SAT II, he/she should enroll in:

  • EGL 101 if score is 499 or lower
  • EGL 102 if score is 500-699

If a student has no SAT II but has an ACT score, he/she should enroll in:

  • EGL 101 if score is 25 or lower
  • EGL 102 if score is 26-29

If a student has no SAT II or ACT score, but has a re-centered SAT verbal score, he/she should enroll in:

  • EGL 101 if score is 539 or lower
  • EGL102 if score is 540-739

More Information

English Division Overview
English Minor
Careers for English Majors