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2023-2024 Course Catalog

English and Writing (B.A.)

The B.A. in English and Writing 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 and Writing majors. Students may request the department chair to use Modern Language courses that emphasize the study of literature taken by the student to count toward the Literature area of the major or as an elective of the major.

Each student graduating with a major in English and Writing will participate in a senior skills reflection, normally in conjunction with ENG 2000 Introduction to Textual Studies and ENG 4990 Senior Capstone. These reviews will provide a means of self-assessment for each student and program assessment for the department.


Core Courses

21-24 hours

English and Writing Major (B.A.**, 32-37 hours)

ENG 2000 Introduction to Textual Studies

4 hours

Theories and Methodologies (choose 3-4 credit hours from the following):

3-4 hours

Literature (choose 7-8 credit hours from the following, 3-4 of these credits must be at the 3000/4000 level):

7-8 hours

Writing (choose 7-8 credit hours from the following, 3-4 of these credits must be at the 3000/4000 level):

7-8 hours


7-8 hours

Select 7-8 credits from any English course.

3-4 hours must be at the 3000-4000 level with an additional 4 credits at the 2000 or higher level

May include following Education courses:

May include the following Theatre courses:


Capstone Courses

4-5 hours

All majors will choose one path from the options listed below for their capstone experience.


Internship option:

ENG 4990 Senior Capstone and
ENG 4970 Capstone Internship




Critical or creative thesis option:

ENG 4990 Senior Capstone




Student teaching option:

ENG 4990 Senior Capstone
EDUC 4870 Supervised Teaching in the Secondary School


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

Students who wish to meet Nebraska certification regulation for the teaching of English in secondary schools 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.).