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Why is English such a useful major? For one thing, the close study of literature trains students to think critically and communicate effectively. English majors analyze texts — poems, stories, novels, essays, and other literary works — and find new ways to understand them. This analytic skill can be applied practically on the job, as can the superior writing skills that English majors are famous for. Many English majors also possess creative, flexible minds that can offer fresh approaches to situations in several workplaces.

English majors tend to be more passionate about their education than students in more vocationally oriented degree programs. An English degree signals to employers that a job candidate cares about more than just money. It signals one’s appreciation for the aesthetic value of literature as an expression of our humanity — in a way that a business degree, for example, cannot. Companies value English graduates for all of these traits, so a B.A. in English can easily lead to a professional career in several fields. (The English Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield)

The Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in literature at Georgia Southern is designed to create several outcomes for the English major. You will be prepared for a career. You will be confident of your progression in future studies. You will be able to think critically about the world around you. You will articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely.

English majors are problem solvers, having learned to analyze material, communicate clearly, and write coherently. They can typically express themselves and present logical arguments, both written and orally.

Curriculum for English Majors

Area F – Courses Appropriate to Major*

  • Choose 1 of the following courses if not taken in Area C (3 hours)
    • ENGL 2100 Literature and the Humanities
    • ENGL 2111 World Literature I
    • ENGL 2112 World Literature II
  • Choose 3 of the following courses (9 hours)
    • ENGL 2121 British Literature I
    • ENGL 2122 British Literature II
    • ENGL 2131 American Literature I
    • ENGL 2132 American Literature II
  • Foreign Language – through 2002 (6-9 hours)
  • *If additional hours are needed to reach 18 hours (based upon entering Foreign Language proficiency levels), students may choose from a select group of courses approved by the Department Chair.

Major Requirements (3000 level or above)

Specific Requirements:
ENGL 3110 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 hours)
ENGL 4630 Senior Seminar (3 hours)
May be taken only after successfully completing 18 credit hours of upper division coursework

AREA 1: British and American Literature Historical Periods (9 hours)

  • A. British Literature pre-1700 (3 hours)
    • ENGL 5440 Early English Literature
    • ENGL 5450 Chaucer
    • ENGL 5460 Shakespeare
    • ENGL 5480 Literature of the English Renaissance
    • ENGL 5485 Milton
  • B. British Literature post-1700 (3 hours)
    • ENGL 5324 18th Century British Literature
    • ENGL 5525 19th Century British Literature
    • ENGL 5526 20th and 21st Century British Literature
  • C. American Literature (3 hours)
    • ENGL 5315 17th and 18th Century American Literature
    • ENGL 5325 19th Century American Literature
    • ENGL 5335 20th and 21st Century American Literature

AREA 2: Cultural Studies (6 credit hours)

  • ENGL 3025/COMM 5025 Pop Culture Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL /FILM 3030 Selected Topics in Cinema
  • ENGL 3090 Selected Topics
  • ENGL 3141 The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 3150 Mythology
  • ENGL 3200 Introduction to the Novel
  • ENGL 3232 The Art of Film Adaptation of Literature
  • ENGL 3300 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
  • ENGL 3331/FILM 3331 History of Cinema
  • ENGL 3332/FILM 3332 Documentary Film Studies
  • ENGL 3333/FILM 3333 Cinema Genres
  • ENGL 3350 Introduction to African-American Literature
  • ENGL 3400 Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 3535 Patterns in Film and Literature
  • ENGL 4425 Popular Literature
  • ENGL 4435 Single Author
  • ENGL 4610 Honors Research Seminar
  • ENGL 4790 Internship
  • ENGL 4890 Independent Study
  • ENGL 5030/COMM 5030 Television Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 5035/FILM 5035 Film Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 5040/FILM 5040 Women and Film
  • ENGL 5090 Selected Topics
  • ENGL 5135 Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
  • ENGL 5200 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 5234 Literature of the American South
  • ENGL 5235 Irish Literature to 1850
  • ENGL 5236 Irish Literature since 1850
  • ENGL 5238 Irish Women Writers
  • ENGL 5280 Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 5320 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 5340 Literature by Women
  • ENGL 5533 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL 5534 Literature for Adolescents
  • ENGL 5535 Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 5538 20th and 21st Century World Fiction
  • ENGL 5560 Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 5570 Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 5580 Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 5590 Studies in African-American Literature

Electives in the Major (9 hours)

Select any 3 courses from Areas 1 and 2

Electives (15 hours)

Select 15 credit hours

Minor (15 hours)

Must be approved by advisor

Other Program Requirements & Prerequisite(s)

  • One of the following–ENGL 2100, ENGL 2111, ENGL 2112–must be taken prior to or concurrent with ENGL 2121, 2122, 2131, or 2132, as well as any 3000-level ENGL course.
  • Some upper-division courses have an additional prerequisite ENGL class, which varies depending on the subject matter. Please see course descriptions or your advisor for the exact prerequisite for each upper-division course.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.
  • Majors must acquire from their advisor a copy of “Requirements for the Major in English.”

Honors in English

To graduate with Honors in English, a student must:

  • be admitted to the Honors College;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (ENGL 4610) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation.

Printable Checklists

If you declared English as your major at or after Fall 2018, use this Curriculum Program Map to keep up with your progress:

B.A. in English Curriculum Program Map – 2021-2022 – (printable)

If you declared English as your major before Fall 2017, use these Curriculum Checklists to keep up with your progress:

B.A. in English Curriculum Checklist – 2021-2022 –  (printable)

If you declared English as your major before Fall 2015, use these Curriculum Checklists to keep up with your progress:

Last updated: 3/4/2022