Bachelor of Arts in English

Our department is committed to fostering sound liberal arts academic experience and to preparing you to meet the educational, professional and cultural needs of the region. 

You will be well equipped to deal with professional demands of many jobs since they are good communicators and have been trained to think analytically and interact effectively with people. To help with these occupational goals, our department tries to provide paid training for you in areas that you might use for further employment.  View Steve Strauss' article on "Why I Hire English Majors"

BA English Course Rotation

Career Opportunities

By majoring in English, you will develop numerous transferable career skills which can be applied to a variety of occupations:

  • Magazine Publishing
  • Library WorkBook Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Intelligence Research
  • Teaching
  • Public Service
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Business, Multinational Corporations
  • Government, Military Service
  • Airline Industry
  • Retail Management
  • Communications
  • Disneyland Paris and Florida
  • Travel Agencies
  • Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospitality Industry

Why Study English?

CNN Money reports that "The verbal and written communication skills that English majors possess remain in top demand at nearly every company in America."

"Businesses tell us they like to hire English majors because they feel that they can think. They've got the writing and analytical skills they need. The rest they can be trained to learn," writes Ernest Suarez, a professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington and chairman of the English department.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

Majors in English

Teacher Certification

Non-Certification (with concentrations in literature, writing, rhetoric/linguistics)

Minors in English

Writing Minor

English Minor

Core Curriculum

LU Core Curriculum (a set of undergraduate courses that all freshmen/sophomores take)

Requirements for all English BA degrees

  1. Completion of Core and Academic foundations (language)
  2. ENGL 3326 – Advanced Expository Writing
  3. One American Literature class: 3322, 3324 or 3392
  4. One British Literature class: 3382 or 3384
  5. One World Literature class: 3330 or 3332
  6. Six hours of the 12 academic electives must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

You must fulfill those requirements. You then have four options (plans) you can pursue, each with its own additional, plan-specific requirements. Those four options are as follows:

1. Literature Concentration
2. Writing Concentration
3. Rhetoric/Composition Concentration
4. Teacher Certification

Literature Concentration:

  1. You must take corresponding second 4000-level classes in American, British and World Literature.  In other words, you must take two American, two British and two World Literature classes, one from the junior level as required (above) on all degree plans, but then another one in each category at the 4000-level.
  2. You must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Writing Concentration:

  1. You must take three additional courses from among the following list: 3310 (Technical Writing), 3316 (Poetic Analysis), 3326 (Adv Expository Writing), 3350 (Creative Writing – Poetry or Fiction), 4310 (Teaching of Writing), 4312 (Studies in Language and Linguistics), 4345 (Writing Seminar), 4347 (Multimedia Writing), 4355 (Editing Technical Communication), 4361 (Documentation Design), some additional writing courses from outside of the department also qualify, including COMM 3330 (Adv Journalistic Writing), etc. As listed in the catalog, some courses may be taken more than once to fulfill requirements (3350, et al.).
  2. You must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Rhetoric/Composition Concentration:

  1. You must take three additional courses from among the following list: 3327 (Advanced Argumentation), 4300 (Introduction to Linguistics), 4301 (History of the English Language), 4303 (Sociolinguistics), 4312 (Studies in Language and Linguistics), 4314 (Studies in Critical Theory), 4346 (Studies in Rhetoric) and 4347 (Multimedia Writing).
  2. You must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Teacher Certification:

Emphasis on literature with the Pedagogy concentration taken instead of a minor.  The Department suggests that you take English 4312 — language and linguistics (Grammar) and 4310 Teaching Writing.

Minor in English

A minor in English requires 18 hours above the 9-hour core composition and sophomore literature requirements, with at least 6 hours at the advanced 4000-level (no grade less than a “C”). 

  • May include one additional sophomore literature course.
  • Must include one advanced 3000 or 4000-level British literature course.
  • Must include one advanced 3000 or 4000-level American literature course.
  • Must include one advanced 3000 or 4000-level Genre or World literature course.
  • Must include two additional advanced 3000 or 4000-level literature and/or linguistics courses.

Minor in Writing

A minor in writing requires 18 hours above the 6-hour core curriculum composition requirement, of which 9 hours must be chosen from the following advanced-level creative, technical or critical writing courses (no grade less than “C”): 

  • ENGL 3326 Advanced Expository Writing.
  • ENGL 3350 Creative Writing: Poetry.
  • ENGL 3350 Creative Writing: Fiction.
  • ENGL 4345 Writing Seminar: Poetry.
  • ENGL 4345 Writing Seminar: Fiction.
  • ENGL 3310 Technical Report Writing.
  • ENGL 4310 Teaching of Writing.
  • ENGL 4347 Multimedia Writing.
  • ENGL 4312 Studies in Language and Linguistics (Grammar).
  • COMM 3330 Advanced Journalism (with permission of Instructor).
  • With departmental approval, advanced writing classes from English or other disciplines may substitute for the classes listed above for the minor.