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English—Literature & Writing B.A.

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Hannah Koerner interns with the Ohio University Press.

  • Small classes in British and American literature
  • Internship opportunities
  • Preparation for M.A. or Ph.D. programs in English Literature & Language
  • Preparation for careers in corporate communications, grant-writing and non-profits, advertising, publishing, personnel management and more

Faculty contact: Dr. Ghirmai Negash

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

In the English – Literature & Writing major, students develop 21st-century skills in analysis and writing by engaging in critical dialogue with the traditions, conventions, and cultural contexts of British and American literary texts.

Small-enrollment courses in the literature of different historical periods draw connections between the past and present and allow students to practice collaborative learning, pursue complex ideas, and deepen their pleasure in language and writing—both others’ and their own.

The major is also flexible enough to match students’ own interest and goals. Students can fulfill up to 9 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in rhetoric or visual texts, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Lake all majors in the English Department, the English – Literature in Writing major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research.

Careers and Graduate School

Having honed their ability to grasp complexity, communicate clearly, understand multiple contexts, and provide synthetic answers, graduates of the English – Literature & Writing program are prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers.

Many graduates go on to pursue graduate programs, including M.A. or Ph.D. programs in English Literature & Language, master’s programs in Information Science or Education, and law or business school.

Others work in publishing, web content development, corporate communications, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or personnel management. As importantly, the well-rounded education that OHIO requires of its English students can help ensure that they are ready for the unexpected challenges of a rapidly changing job market.

Browse through dozens of internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Bobcat CareerLink, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.

Admission Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English – Literature & Writing major should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the Director of Undergraduate Studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts & Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English – Literature & Writing major and the College of Arts & Sciences.

External Transfer Admission: For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Degree Requirements

  • Major code BA5230

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

English Hours Requirement

For a B.A. degree with a major in English - Creative Writing , a student must complete a total of 42 semester credit hours in ENG coursework.

English Department Core Requirements

Genre Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ENG 2010 - Introduction to Prose Fiction and Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 2020 - Introduction to Poetry and Drama Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature before 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3010 - Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3020 - Topics in Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3110 - English Literature to 1500 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3120 - English Literature: 1500-1660 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3130 - English Literature: 1660-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3210 - American Literature to 1865 Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature after 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3140 - English Literature: 1800-1900 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3150 - English Literature: 1900 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3220 - American Literature: 1865-1918 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3230 - American Literature: 1918 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
Writing and Research in English Studies Course

Complete the following course:

  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
Senior Seminar Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 4600 - Topics in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4640 - English Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4650 - American Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Requirements

Courses used to fulfill English Core requirements may not also be used for Major Requirements.

Literature in English before 1660 Course

Complete one of the following courses. Only one course from ENG 3010 and 3020 may be used to fulfill historical period requirements. If one is used to satisfy a Core requirement, it may not be used here.

  • ENG 3010 - Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3020 - Topics in Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3110 - English Literature to 1500 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3120 - English Literature: 1500-1660 Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature 1660-1900 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3130 - English Literature: 1660-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3140 - English Literature: 1800-1900 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3210 - American Literature to 1865 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3220 - American Literature: 1865-1918 Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature since 1900 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3150 - English Literature: 1900 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3230 - American Literature: 1918 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
English Language or Literary Theory Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3510 - The History of the English Language Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3980 - Critical Theory for Multi-Ethnic/Cross-Cultural Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3990 - Literary Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
Multi-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Literature Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3240 - Jewish American Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3250 - Women and Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3260 - Lesbian and Gay Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3310 - Studies in Asian Literatures I: Beginnings to 1850 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3320 - Studies in Asian Literature II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3340 - Israeli Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3370 - African American Literature to 1930 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3390 - African American Literature from 1930 to the Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3550 - Studies in World Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4500 - Postcolonial and Transnational Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Electives

Complete at least nine hours of ENG courses, excluding ENG 3***J, ENG 4510, and ENG 4520. Three hours may be at the 2000-level or higher; six hours must be at the 3000-level or higher.

 

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