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English ENGL

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts

College(s): Arts and Sciences

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 credit minimum)
LITR 250 Practical Criticism 3
LITR 311 Early American Literature 3
LITR 312 Modern American Literature 3
LITR 323 Shakespeare 3
LITR 351 Early British Literature 3
LITR 352 Modern British Literature 3
LITR 416 Literary Theory 3
Select one course from the following list:
ENGL 301 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENGL 380 History of Rhetoric - Style 3
ENGL 382 Hist - Structure Engl Language 3
ENGL 413 Literacy Issues and Conflicts 3
Select 9 credits from the following list: At least 3 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.
LITR 202 Black Literature 3
LITR 203 Intro-African Literature 3
LITR 204 Native American Literature 3
LITR 231 Poetry 3
LITR 233 Science Fiction 3
LITR 241 Intro to World Short Fiction 3
LITR 242 American Popular Literature 3
LITR 243 Literature and Film 3
LITR 251 World Drama 3
LITR 261 World Novels 3
LITR 280 Intro American Folklore 3
LITR 286 Justice in Literature 3
LITR 306 Topics Non-Western World Lit 3
LITR 326 Children's Literature 3
LITR 328 Golden Age-Children's Lit 3
LITR 330 Contemporary Literature 3
LITR 343 Crime-Violence in Literature 3
LITR 371 Topics in Women's Literature 3
LITR 380 World Folk Literature 3
LITR 401 Major Literary Movements 3
LITR 402 Major Authors 3
B.A. Core 3 - 15 credits
The BA core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.

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.

Professional 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.

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.

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Deparment of Languages and Literature
Ferris State University
Dr. Christine Persak
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3054
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2918

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