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bookstack2Why 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)
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 4790 Internship
ENGL 4890 Independent Study
ENGL 5030/FILM 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 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 you 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.”

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: 7/23/2021