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Ohio University Majors

English Major

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Enrollment in the English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into the English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English major should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English department for assistance. Students who wish to add English as a 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 major and the College of Arts and Sciences.

External Transfer Admission

For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into the 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 developed strong skills in critical analysis and writing, graduates of the program in English are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. The literary history concentration prepares students for employment in administration, advertising, public relations, personnel management, publishing, teaching, and research organization and presentation. Upon graduation, many literary history students also secure admission to business school, graduate school (usually M.A. and Ph.D. programs in English), law school, publishing institutes, or schools of library and information science. Students graduating with a concentration in creative writing follow many of the same career paths as those with a concentration in literary history; moreover, creative writing graduates also secure admission to M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs in literature/creative writing, and work toward employment in higher education.

Graduates of the concentration in prelaw usually gain admission to law schools, both in-state and around the nation. Cultures, rhetoric, and theory graduates find themselves especially prepared for employment in institutions requiring employees to have an understanding of and sensitivity to multi-cultural or global issues and populations. These careers include employment in national, state, and local government agencies; non-profit community agencies; political action agencies; political action organizations; international corporations of non-governmental organizations (NGOs); academic administration; public relations; personnel management; teaching diverse or underserved communities (Peace Corps, Teach for America); and research presentation.

Academic Catalog

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

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Code: BA5231


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

Administrative Contact

Linda Rice, Chair
Carey Snyder, Advising Coordinator

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