B.A. in English – Rhetoric and Composition

Program Information

The English Department prepares its graduates to demonstrate exceptional critical thinking, interpret and analyze texts of all kinds, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Students who major in English can pursue many career options—from publishing and editing, to advertising, education, business, journalism, web design, and law. As people increasingly seek various types of employment over the course of their lives, the fundamental skills that an English degree entails—understanding other people’s perspectives, thinking imaginatively, conducting research, organizing information, and writing clearly and forcefully—will be crucial in all contexts and all lines of work. 

Students who major in English pursue a variety of careers after graduation. These include: Writing/Editing; Publishing; Advertising; Law; Web Design; Public Relations; Business/Industry; and Education.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Department Website and Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.

If you are considering this major, these classes will allow you to explore this option before making a decision: ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, ENGL 2160.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101

3

LANG 2001

3

**GSU 1010

1

*Area D: Science Sequence “A”

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

LANG 2002

3

POLS 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Lab Science “B”

4
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course is not included in Freshman Learning Communities.

 

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

Visit England, Ireland, Italy or other global destinations to study great authors and writings with faculty advisors on study abroad trips.

Get involved in one of more than 25 writing internship opportunities. They can easily transition into jobs during college or after graduation. Do it for course credit (ENGL 4500), or not.

Look for senior seminars with opportunities for research and writing projects, required for concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 4320), Creative Writing (ENGL 4310A, 4310B), and Literature (ENGL 4300).


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 2120

3

Area C Elective

3

Area C Elective

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 2130

3

Area F Elective

3

HIST 2110

3

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

Area F Elective

3

Area B Elective

2
Total Hours 17

Notes

Visit England, Ireland, Italy or other global destinations to study great authors and writings with faculty advisors on study abroad trips.

Get involved in one of more than 25 writing internship opportunities. They can easily transition into jobs during college or after graduation. Do it for course credit (ENGL 4500), or not.

Look for senior seminars with opportunities for research and writing projects, required for concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 4320), Creative Writing (ENGL 4310A, 4310B), and Literature (ENGL 4300).


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

*ENGL 3050

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Requirement

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 18

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Visit England, Ireland, Italy or other global destinations to study great authors and writings with faculty advisors on study abroad trips.

Get involved in one of more than 25 writing internship opportunities. They can easily transition into jobs during college or after graduation. Do it for course credit (ENGL 4500), or not.

Look for senior seminars with opportunities for research and writing projects, required for concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 4320), Creative Writing (ENGL 4310A, 4310B), and Literature (ENGL 4300).


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Requirement

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

***ENGL 4320

3

Area G Requirement

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 12

Notes

***This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV or resume.
Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Visit England, Ireland, Italy or other global destinations to study great authors and writings with faculty advisors on study abroad trips.

Get involved in one of more than 25 writing internship opportunities. They can easily transition into jobs during college or after graduation. Do it for course credit (ENGL 4500), or not.

Look for senior seminars with opportunities for research and writing projects, required for concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 4320), Creative Writing (ENGL 4310A, 4310B), and Literature (ENGL 4300).