Bachelor of Arts in English (Literature)

Website: https://twu.edu/english-speech-foreign-languages/undergraduate-program/

The Literature track offers students the opportunity to explore literature that represents a wide range of genres and eras. Students take courses in American, British, and World literature, as well as courses in specific genres and diverse perspectives. The most versatile of the three tracks, the literature track allows students to choose two upper-division electives from any available English courses. Students may choose additional literature courses or choose courses from the Writing and Rhetoric track. This track prepares students for careers in the fields of writing, editing, publishing, and non-profit work (among others), as well as for graduate-level studies in literature and professional programs such as those in library science and law. While many courses for this program may be taken online, it is not an online degree.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Communicate effectively to diverse audiences using a range of media and technology.
  2. Organize, synthesize, and evaluate the credibility of information, such as, but not limited to, a range of academic and non-academic sources, and use this knowledge to make ethical decisions.
  3. ​Use effective research strategies to inform argument-driven projects.

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 42 SCH    Minor required: 18 SCH

Program Code: ENGLISH.BA  CIP Code: 23.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

 Courses Required for Major

English Major Core (for all tracks)9
Introduction to English Studies
Introduction to the Study of World Literature
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Genre Studies (Select two of the following)6
Drama
Fiction
Poetry
Film and Literature
Genre Studies
Linguistics3
Introduction to Linguistics
Literature Track Requirements
ENG 4463Literary Theory and Criticism3
One 3000- or 4000-level ENG elective3
One 4000-level ENG elective3
ENG 4983Senior Capstone in English3
Surveys (Select three of the following)9
British Literature to 1760
British Literature from 1760 to Present
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic
American Literature: Realism to the Present
Diverse Perspectives (Select one of the following)3
Literature by Women
Multicultural Literature
Total SCHs42

Departmental Requirements

Languages Other Than English (LOTE): at least four courses. Options: 12 SCH in one LOTE, 6 SCH/6 SCH in two LOTEs (including ASL), or 9 SCH in one spoken LOTE/3 SCH in ASL.12
Minor (note: if Spanish is chosen as a minor, additional credits may be required to reach the 120 total SCH requirement)18
Elective3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
English Exit Portfolio. All students pursuing a B.A. in English will submit an exit portfolio and portfolio self-assessment during their last semester of course work. This is a degree requirement that students must complete in order to graduate.
Total SCHs36

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA average in the major, earn a C or higher in ENG 3203, and have no more than one D within the major counting towards graduation.

The major who does not work toward certification will complete at least 18 SCH in a minor field. Six of the 18 SCH must be advanced. At least three SCH must be completed at TWU.

All students must complete three semester credit hours in approved Global Perspectives courses, either in the core or major courses (graduation requirement).

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
Life/Physical Science Core3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
ENG 3113Introduction to English Studies 3
Foreign Language I3
Mathematics Core3
ENG 3203Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Wellness CAO Core2
 SCHs 17
SpringTCCN
Foreign Language II3
ENG 3363Introduction to Linguistics 3
Genre Course I (Select 3 SCH)3
Drama  
Fiction  
Poetry  
Film and Literature  
Survey I (Select 3 SCH)3
British Literature to 1760  
British Literature from 1760 to Present  
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic  
American Literature: Realism to the Present  
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
Foreign Language III3
ENG 3033Introduction to the Study of World Literature 3
Survey II (Select 3 SCH)3
British Literature to 1760  
British Literature from 1760 to Present  
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic  
American Literature: Realism to the Present  
Genre Course II (Select 3 SCH)3
Drama  
Fiction  
Poetry  
Film and Literature  
Minor 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
Foreign Language IV3
Survey III (Select 3 SCH)3
British Literature to 1760  
British Literature from 1760 to Present  
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic  
American Literature: Realism to the Present  
Elective (3000 or 4000 level ENG course)3
Elective 3
Minor 3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
ENG Elective (4000 level)3
ENG 4983Senior Capstone in English 3
Minor3
Minor 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ENG 3153
or 3073
Multicultural Literature
or Literature by Women
3
ENG 4463Literary Theory and Criticism 3
Minor3
Minor3
 SCHs 12
 Total SCHs:  120