Bachelor of Arts in English

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

Language majors and minors will be well equipped to deal with professional demands of many jobs, as 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 students in areas that they might use for further employment.  View Steve Strauss' article on "Why I Hire English Majors"

Career Opportunities

Because English majors develop numerous transferable career skills, they can pursue a surprising 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

Philosophy Minor

Writing Minor

English Minor

Minor in Humanities for Professionals

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 twelve academic electives must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

All English majors must fulfill those requirements.  Then students have four options (plans) they can pursue, each with its own additional, plan-specific requirements.  Those four options are as follows:

Literature Concentration
Writing Concentration
Rhetoric/Composition Concentration
Teacher Certification

Literature Concentration:

  1. Students must take correspondent second 4000-level classes in American, British, and World Literature.  In other words, students 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. Students must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Writing Concentration:

  1. Students 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. Students must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Rhetoric/Composition Concentration:

  1. Students 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), 4347 (Multimedia Writing).
  2. Students must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

Teacher Certification:

  1. Students must take ENGL 4321.
  2. Students must take two of the following “genre” courses, 3316 (Poetic Analysis), 3320 (Child and Adolescent Literature), 3340 (Mythology), 3350 (Creative Writing), 3360 (The Short Story), 3370 (The Drama), 3380 (British Novel), 3390 (American Novel).
  3. Students must take three additional 4000-level English electives.

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 1 additional sophomore literature course.
  • must include 1 advanced 3000 or 4000-level British literature course.
  • must include 1 advanced 3000 or 4000-level American literature course.
  • must include 1 advanced 3000 or 4000-level Genre or World literature course.
  • must include 2 additional advanced 3000 or 4000-level literature and/or linguistics courses.

Minor in Writing

A minor in writing requires 18 hours above 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.

Philosophy Minor

Minor in Philosophy (No grade less than “C”). Students who wish to minor in philosophy must complete 18 hours of courses in philosophy while adhering to the following guidelines:

  • PHIL 1370 or PHIL 1360 Philosophy of Knowledge (or approved transfer core curriculum equivalent).
  • PHIL 2303 Logic.
  • PHIL 2306 Ethics.
  • Nine hours of advanced 3000-or 4000-level Philosophy course work.

Minor in Humanities for Professionals

Many business and industry leaders wish that students had a firmer grounding in the humanities.  At Lamar, the traditional humanities courses—literature, writing, rhetoric, language, and philosophy—are housed in the Department of English and Modern Languages.  This minor, offered by the Department of English of Modern Languages, offers students pursuing a professional degree—nursing, pre-med, computer science, business degrees, engineering degrees, and others—a broad sampling of humanities courses.  The Department of English and Modern Languages intends for the minor to be flexible and adaptable to students’ desires.  We anticipate that the Department of English and Modern Languages will design other courses to fit into the minor.  We hope the minor will give professional degree holders a competitive edge in seeking a job.

  • Students must take ENGL 3310 Technical Writing or ENGL 3326 Advanced Exposition.
  • Then Students may take 15 hours of course work in English (literature, writing, or rhetoric), Philosophy, or any language (French, Spanish, German, sign language, or others) with only six hours of 2000 level and no 1000 level philosophy or English courses. For instance, students may take the 12 hour sequence in French or Spanish in order to gain what is considered “reading knowledge” and then take one of the writing courses above and another course of their choice.  Or they could take six hours of language and then literature and philosophy courses.  Or they could take all literature classes or all philosophy courses.
  • Students should have at least 45 advanced hours total in their degree, and they are encouraged to have at least 6 hours advanced hours in their minor.
  • (6-2016) Students should turn in a writing sample from one of their courses in the minor and/or a written statement about the application of humanities to a professional degree or plan.