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English

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose English?

FSU's English major provides students with in-depth opportunities to develop and refine their communication skills, to develop critical thinking and analytic skills, and to write in different styles for different purposes and audiences. The English major also leads students to explore a wide variety of cultures, perspectives, and human dynamics through the study of literature.

The English major is taught by a large and outstanding group of faculty. They include award-winning 'master teachers,' published and award-winning authors, and faculty who bring experience in writing for business and industry. Some of the faculty are recipients of the coveted Fulbright Fellowship and have taught in universities abroad. Many faculty work closely with students throughout their undergraduate careers, and they mentor students in undergraduate research, or special projects.

Career Opportunities

The English major prepares students for a wide array of career opportunities. Many English majors enter the workplace immediately after graduation, working in business, publications, industry, public service, government, teaching, or the communication field. Their strong communication and analytical skills allow them to be flexible, adaptable, prepared to perform, and (once they have learned their employer's particular culture and business) able to advance into management and leadership positions. Other students go on to advanced study, and an English major is excellent preparation for graduate or professional study in such fields as law, business, education, or a variety of liberal arts disciplines.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Freshmen must have at least an ACT subscore of 18 in English. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, students in the program must have a 2.5 overall GPA and must earn at least a "C" in program course work, and minimum B- in English 150 and English 250. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the English major, the B.A. core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Seniors are required to assemble and submit a portfolio of writing and orally present one paper to the English B.A. Committee.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. JL Ollenquist  
PHONE: 231-591-2915
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Department of Languages and Literature
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-3988

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.

English Major

33 credits minimum
Practical Criticism
3
Early American Literature
3
Modern American Literature
3
Shakespeare
3
Early British Literature
3
Modern British Literature
3
Literary Theory
3
Select one:
Introduction to Linguistics
3
or
History of Rhetoric - Style
3
or
Hist - Structure Engl Language
3
or
Literacy Issues and Conflicts
3
Select 9 credits from the following list (at least 3 credits must be at the 300 level or higher):
Black Literature
3
Intro-African Literature
3
Native American Literature
3
Poetry
3
Science Fiction
3
Intro to World Short Fiction
3
American Popular Literature
3
Literature and Film
3
World Drama
3
World Novels
3
Intro American Folklore
3
Justice in Literature
3
Topics Non-Western World Lit
3
Children's Literature
3
Golden Age-Children's Lit
3
Contemporary Literature
3
Crime-Violence in Literature
3
Topics in Women's Literature
3
World Folk Literature
3
Major Literary Movements
3
Major Authors
3
B.A. Core
3-15
The B.A. Core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.
Electives
To reach the minimum 120 credits required for this degree
Academic Minor 
Any aproved minor, except teacher education minors, is allowed. Students should consult with their major advisor for appropriate minor selection.
Portfolio Approval
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