​​ Students from the English department


The Department of English Language and Literature offers two basic programs: liberal arts and teaching. Within each of these broad programs there are still additional choices, including the World Literature, Creative Writing, or an emphasis on secondary or elementary English education. Each program requires between 39 and 43 hours for a major and 24 to 28 hours for a minor, depending on the choice and emphasis.

Students who elect to major or minor in English should declare this intention before the end of their sophomore year. Junior transfer students should declare during their first semester on campus. The department assigns advisors to aid students in their major/minor program planning and to authorize programs for graduation and teacher preparation.

Degrees available for English Majors

English Major: Secondary

  • BS in Education, Secondary Provisional Certification
  • BS in Education, Secondary Provisional Certification, with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement (K-12) – Two Major Option
  • BS in Education, Secondary Provisional Certification: MLE Option

English Literatures, Language and Writing Major, Minor

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science, Plan A: Select Major, Optional Minor
  • Bachelor of Science, Plan B: All Majors, Select Minors

English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor

  • B.S. in Education, Provisional Elementary or Secondary Certification

Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing

This 15 credit hour certificate is designed for undergraduate students who desire to gain greater competency in the writing of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction.  It also prepares students to study creative writing at the graduate level.​

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Undergraduate Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing

​This 18 credit hour certificate is designed for undergraduate students of any major to develop proficiency at writing and editing a wide variety of technical and professional documents (both print and online) common in business, industry, non-profit, and government sectors.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This 12 hour certificate program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain employment teaching English language courses abroad, in non-profit English programs, and for-profit schools in the United States. This certificate may be added to a baccalaureate degree in any field.

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List of English minors

  • English as a Second Language Minor, Teaching
  • English Minor, Non-Teaching
  • English Minor, Teaching Secondary 

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