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English—Cultures, Rhetoric & Theory B.A.

Devon-Swanson-and-Julianna-Coleman reading a book in Alden Library.

From left, Julianna Coleman, an Honors Tutorial College student double majoring in English and Spanish, and Devon Swanson '18, a double major in English and Theater, with a minor in Spanish, read in Alden Library.

  • Apprenticeship and internship opportunities
  • Concepts such as race and class; nation and ethnicity; internal migration and immigration; gender and sexuality; and colonialism, post-colonialism, and transnationalism
  • Preparation for graduate programs in creative writing, education, and more
  • Preparation for careers in publishing, digital publishing, business, marketing, newspaper and magazines, government, and more

Faculty contact: Dr. Ghirmai Negash

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

How are power and inequality embedded in language, everyday writing around us, and literature? How does cultural context change the meaning of what is said and written, or change what can be said or written?

Using multiple theoretical lenses, students in the English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory major explore concepts such as race and class; nation and ethnicity; internal migration and immigration; gender and sexuality; and colonialism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism.

The major also is flexible enough to match students’ own interests and goals. Students can fulfill up to 12 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in British or American literature, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Like all majors in the English Department, the English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research.

Careers and Graduate School

Upon graduation, those with a degree in English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory will possess the skills to obtain a wide variety of careers.

Many graduates pursue graduate school opportunities, and others still choose to pursue work in publishing, web content development, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or other creative industries. Having invested in developing their own creativity as well as in the well-rounded education that this degree requires, English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory students can face the unexpected challenges of the 21st-century job market with confidence.

Potential employers for those who hold a degree in English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory include, but are certainly not limited to, newspaper and magazine organizations, the entertainment industry, government agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private K-12 schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, etc.

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 – Cultures, Rhetoric & Theory 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 – Cultures, Rhetoric & Theory 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 BA5236

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 - Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory, 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.

Theory

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3980 - Critical Theory for Multi-Ethnic/Cross-Cultural Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3990 - Literary Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
Theory and Rhetoric Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3280 - Women's Rhetorics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3290 - Rhetoric and Law Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3300 - Ecological Discourses in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3400 - Introduction to Analysis of Moving Image Texts Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3820 - Rhetorical Approaches to Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3830 - Politics and Literacy: Issues of Race, Class and Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3850 - Writing About Culture and Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3860 - Composing in New Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4470 - Studies in Criticism 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
Multi-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Literature or Theory and Rhetoric Course

Complete one of the following courses (in addition to above):

  • 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 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3280 - Women's Rhetorics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3290 - Rhetoric and Law Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3300 - Ecological Discourses in English Studies 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 3400 - Introduction to Analysis of Moving Image Texts Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3550 - Studies in World Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3820 - Rhetorical Approaches to Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3830 - Politics and Literacy: Issues of Race, Class and Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3850 - Writing About Culture and Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3860 - Composing in New Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4470 - Studies in Criticism Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4500 - Postcolonial and Transnational Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
Major Electives (H5)

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

 

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