English - BA

The curriculum in English is designed to allow students to develop concentrations in such areas as composition and rhetoric, creative writing, literature and film, or coursework relevant to teacher certification.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 303 Approaches to English Studies 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Technical and Business Writing  
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 203 Writing about Literature 1 3
Foreign language 2 4
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 4 3
English elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
World Literature  
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War  
Survey of English Literature I  
Medieval English Literature  
The English Renaissance  
Seventeenth-Century Literature  
Early British Drama  
History of Rhetoric  
Studies in Shakespeare  
Milton  
Chaucer  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
English elective 5 3
General elective 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
World Literature  
Survey of English Literature II  
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture  
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)  
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)  
The American Renaissance  
American Realism and Naturalism  
Nineteenth-Century American Novel  
The British Novel to 1870.  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
American Literature: Civil War to Present  
Texas Literature  
Life and Literature of the Southwest  
Life and Literature of the American South  
Modern and Contemporary Drama  
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II  
Literature, World War II to Present.  
Literature and Film  
American Poetry  
The American Novel Since 1900  
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.  
Postcolonial Literatures  
Contemporary Literary Theory  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Mathematics 4 3
English elective 5 3
General elective 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to African-American Literature  
Introduction to Africana Literature  
Transnational Literature and Culture  
African-American Literature Pre-1930  
Gay and Lesbian Literature  
American Ethnic Literature  
African-American Literature Post-1930  
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures  
Latino/a Literature  
Women Writers  
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures  
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture  
Studies in Women Writers  
Creative arts 3
English elective 5 3
General elective 3,6 3
General elective 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
English elective 5 3
General elective 3,6 3
General elective 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGL 481 Senior Seminar 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
General elective 3,6 3
General elective 3,6 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Up to 51 credits in English can be applied to the degree; at least 21 credits must be in literature. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major. For residency, a student must have at least 12 hours in 300- or 400-level English classes from Texas A&M University.

College and University Requirements

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

Other courses may qualify for the following categories. All courses are to be selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. The courses incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category, except as allowed in the minor field of study and the International and Cultural Diversity and Cultural Discourse graduation requirements. A minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level coursework must be completed at Texas A&M University, with at least 12 of those hours being in the major.

Minor Field of Study

English majors are advised, but not required, to select a minor field of study. Students who elect to complete a minor should contact the department or program that offers the minor to determine the requirements for that minor. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the minor field. A minor field must be declared before the student has completed 75 credit hours.