Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English (B.A.)

Program: B.A.
Department of English and Linguistics  
College of Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts Building 145 ~ 260-481-6841

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach English in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Liberal Arts.  See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.

Additional Clarification:  Language Arts is an Education licensure title.  Dual degree Education/English students may choose to complete any of the English concentrations below for their English B.A. degree.

Student Learning Outcomes:
 Upon completion of the degree, students will:

  • display the ability to write critically, precisely, and persuasively, especially about topics relevant to their major field and their selected concentration.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate knowledge of literary, linguistics, and rhetorical conventions and traditions, especially those of America and England.
  • can apply the appropriate research tools and methods to demonstrate critical understanding of their selected concentrations.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

To earn the B.A. with a major in English, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

Program Requirements:

English BA with 4-Year Plan:  

  • A grade of C- or higher in all department courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses taken in the major.
  • An area of concentration is required to graduate with this degree.  Links to the concentrations are in the Area of Concentration section below.

English BA with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan:  

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details
  • A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements

College of Liberal Arts Course Requirements

Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for detailed information on college requirements.

Introduction to the Liberal Arts: Credits 3

International Language: Credits 12

You must complete two courses at the first-year level and two courses at the second-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for more details.

Thematic Requirements: Credits 15

Students will take one course in each of these five areas to ensure that they have an opportunity to deepen their traditional liberal arts education while also preparing for a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and increasingly globalized and complex world:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, Race, and/or Ethnicity:  Credits 3
  2. Conflict and Cooperation:  Credits 3
  3. Institutions and Behavior:  Credits 3
  4. Regional/Geographic Study:  Credits 3
  5. Digital Humanities/Public Humanities:  Credits 3

List of Courses and Stipulations for the COLA Thematic Requirements 

English Core Requirements

Introduction to English Major: Credit 1

Capstone Course: Credits 3

Area of Concentration: Credits 15-21

General Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.