Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Major, BA – Rhetoric and Writing Concentration

The English major offers five concentrations: Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric and Writing, Technical Communication, and an Individualized Program. Honors programs are available for the Literature, Rhetoric and Writing, Technical Communication, and Individualized Program concentrations.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences  


  • any two English courses at the 200-level

English Major

The major consists of 30 hours of 300- and 400-level coursework. Courses may not count in more than one category. Depending on the course content, Special Topics, Major Authors, Junior-Senior Honors Seminar, and any other course with variable content may be petitioned to count in a category where it is not listed.

Select one course from each area:

Language, Theory, Folklore, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, or Film Studies

Rhetoric and Writing Concentration


Select one English elective:

  • any 300-400 level English course

Rhetoric and Writing – Honors Concentration

For students who qualify, the English Department offers specially designed courses at all undergraduate levels. The first-year and second-year honors courses are enriched versions of regular sections in composition, and in American and British literatures. To be given honors in English on the transcript, a student must have achieved a 3.25 or higher GPA, a 3.5 or higher grade point in English courses, and the student must have completed 12 hours in honors courses in English at the 200-400 levels, including ENGL 398 - Junior-Senior Honors Seminar *, and ENGL 498 - Senior Honors Thesis . Any 300- or 400-level courses in English may be taken for honors credit through the Honors-by-Contract program with the permission of the instructor. Courses taken at the graduate level for undergraduate credit may be petitioned to count for honors credit in English. Depending on the topic, ENGL 398 * may be petitioned to count for one of the other English major requirements as well.



* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements