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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts
English - English Literature Track

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of English

Program Description

The Department of English provides graduates with the essential foundations of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. English majors often engage in undergraduate research projects, presenting conference papers at local, regional, and national conferences and publishing work in peer-reviewed journals. Our award-winning student literary journal, Arden, provides students an opportunity to gain editing and publishing experience as undergraduates. In addition to numerous study abroad courses, English majors have the opportunity to participate in the New York Arts program.  

Students in the BA in English-Literature track study British and American writers, and may also pursue their interests in literary criticism, linguistics, world literature, ethnic literature, and film. This track provides groundwork for students planning to attend graduate or professional school in the humanities, education, law, or any field that requires the critical thinking skills developed by students of literature.

Career Opportunities

In addition to pursuing traditional careers in the discipline—like teaching, library science, journalism, and creative writing—our graduates succeed in business, law, and medicine. Our majors also pursue graduate degrees in English, creative writing, rhetoric, and technical communication.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Students demonstrate competency in written communication by writing effectively in a variety of situations and for a variety of audiences.
  • Students demonstrate competency in reading by interpreting the meaning of key terms; recognizing the primary purpose of a passage; making appropriate inferences; and recognizing rhetorical devices.
  • Students demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning  by solving real-world problems in contexts that involve numerical data.
  • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking by interpreting and evaluating evidence in a piece of writing and drawing valid conclusions based on the information presented.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each ENGL course.
ENGL 2155: Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods
ENGL 2156: Introduction to Literary Studies: Poetics
ENGL 2157: Writing for the English Major

Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 33
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Select four courses from the following:

Select four courses from the following:
ENGL 3145: Early American Literature
ENGL 3146: American Renaissance
ENGL 3147: American Realism and Naturalism
ENGL 3148: American Modernism
ENGL 3149: Contemporary American Literature

Take each of the following: 3 hours
ENGL 4000 Baccalaureate Survey
ENGL 4555: Capstone: Selected Authors

Take one of the following: 3 hours
ENGL 5545: Advanced Topics in Literature, Writing and Theory
ENGL 5744: Studies in the Novel

Select one course from the following: 3 hours
ENGL 4105: Shakespeare to 1600
ENGL 4106: Shakespeare after 1600

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 9
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Select one course from the following: (3 hrs)
ENGL 2111 World Lit I
ENGL 2112 World Lit II
ENGL 2135 Multicultural Literature
ENGL 2136 Language and Culture
ENGL 2147: Introduction to Film

Select one course from the following: (3 hrs)
ENGL 3129 International Drama
ENGL 3130 Film Genres and Themes
ENGL 3131 African American Lit I
ENGL 3132 African American Lit II

Select one course from the following: (3 hrs)
ENGL 5166: History of the English Language
ENGL 5167: English Grammar
ENGL 5187: Old English
ITDS 5105: History and Practice of Translation

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 18

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule