English (B.A.)

Major: English (B.A.)

The B.A. in English requires basic coursework in literature, writing, and language theory, and provides flexibility to students in pursuing additional courses that match their areas of interest and career goals. It can lead to graduate study in English, creative writing, law, or other academic or professional areas. 

Foreign language study is strongly encouraged for all English majors.

Each student graduating with a major in English will participate in a senior exit interview, normally in conjunction with ENG 4990 Senior Workshop. This review will provide a means of self-assessment for each student and program assessment for the department.

Departments/Programs
Core Courses 16 hours
English Major (B.A.**, 41 hours)
ENG 2000 Introduction to Textual Studies 4 hours
Language Theory (choose 4 credit hours from the following): 4 hours
Literature (choose 4 credit hours from the following): 4 hours
Writing (choose 4 credit hours from the following): 4 hours
Experiential Learning 1 hour
Select one course from: With permission of the instructor and chair, students may also apply other experiential learning courses (e.g., MLANG 3910 Engaging in Study Abroad; IDS-3200-3290 Experiential Learning in the Threads, or IDS 3010 Archway Seminar Student Instructors if they can demonstrate relevance to the English major.  
Electives 18 hours
Select from any English or Journalism course.  Six hours must be upper level (3000-4000 level).
May also include THTRE 2000 Play Reading, for up to three credit hours, and THTRE 2810 Playwriting I, or may include the following Education courses: ENG 2690/EDUC 2690 Young Adult Literature, EDUC 3390 Methods for Teaching Reading and Writing in 7-12, and EDUC 3600 Student Teaching for English Language Learning). Only one Topics in World Literature course (ENG 2200, ENG 2210, ENG 2220, ENG 2230, ENG 2240, ENG 2250, ENG 2260, ENG 2270, ENG 2280) may be counted towards the English major.
 
Capstone Courses 6 hours
ENG 4980 Ways of Reading: Theory and Practice 4 hours
ENG 4990 Senior Workshop 2 hours
Each student graduating with a major in English will participate in a senior exit interview, normally in conjunction with ENG 4990. This review will provide a means of self-assessment for each student and program assessment for the department.  

Foreign language study is strongly encouraged for all English majors.

First-year writing courses (ENG 1010FYW, ENG 1020FYW, ENG 1030FYW, ENG 1040FYW, ENG 1050FYW, ENG 1060FYW, ENG 1070FYW, ENG 1080FYW, and ENG 1090FYW) may not count toward an English major.

Students who wish to meet Nebraska certification regulation for the teaching of English in secondary schools may include ENG 2960 Special Projects and ENG 3260 Greek Drama as electives within the major. Students should consult the Department of Education regarding additional Nebraska certification requirements.

**An English major customarily earns a B.A. degree. However, if a student has a first major that is associated with a different baccalaureate degree, the English major may serve as a second major for the degree associated with the first major (B.S., B.FA., B.M., B.S.N.).