Department of English

The Department of English offers major programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Each of these programs develops communication and critical thinking skills, which are highly valued in graduate schools, professional programs, and businesses in a variety of settings.

Students choosing the B.A. in English may opt for a concentration in either literature or writing. The literature option provides students with the broadest possible perspective of diverse literary traditions. The writing concentration balances literary study with the theory and practice of writing.

When combined with a sequence of courses in Teacher Education, the degree in English leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and teacher certification at the secondary level (grades seven through twelve).

The Department offers a minor in English, as well as partnering with other disciplines to offer minors in Gender Studies and ESOL.

The Department sponsors a study abroad program to London through ENGL 4437, Literary London, offered during Maymester. Additionally, students may take advantage of other study abroad opportunities through the University System of Georgia. (See Study Abroad.)

The mission of the Department is enhanced by the Writing Program, which includes both the first-year writing sequence and the writing concentration and supports the University's Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

The faculty of the Department of English assist students in planning their academic program of study and in choosing courses which comply with degree requirements for the selected major. Students are responsible for completing the baccalaureate plan of study during their junior year.

Graduation Requirements

A graduation requirement in each degree program is a senior assessment, which will be administered during the last semester before graduation. In addition, the following are parts of each degree program:

  1. Foreign Language requirements through Foreign Language 2002
  2. U.S. and Georgia Constitution and History requirement
  3. Military Science requirements (for Military students): 12 hours
  4. Teacher Education requirements, if appropriate
  5. Regents' Skills Test or exemption must be fulfilled during the first semester.
  6. GACE for English education major

No grade below C will be accepted in a major area course required for a degree in English. Major area courses include 1000- through 4000-level courses in the specific discipline in which the student is majoring.

Teacher Certification

Programs of study are subject to requirements listed in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.