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Ohio University Majors

English—Literature & Writing Major

Program Overview

In the English – Literature & Writing major, you will 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 you to practice collaborative learning, pursue complex ideas, and deepen your pleasure in language and writing—both others' and your own. The major is also flexible enough to match your own interest and goals: you 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. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Enrollment in an English major entails 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 and Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English  Literature & Writing major and the College of Arts and 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.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

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 of our 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.

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Code: BA5230


College of Arts and Sciences
English Department
Ellis 201
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2838
Fax: 740.593.2832

Administrative Contact

Dr. Elizabeth Godke Koonce, contact person

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