2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

English

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

Program Requirements

English, BA Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Heather Pavletic  
PHONE: 231-591-3033
EMAIL:  

Department of English, Literature, and World Languages
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