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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Literature, Language, and Writing

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Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

KU Edwards Campus

This program responds to the needs, goals, and responsibilities of students at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. It requires at least 30 hours of junior/senior courses (numbered 300 or above). Contact the CLAS undergraduate adviser on the Edwards Campus, Dan Mueller,, 864-8659 (from Lawrence) or 913-897-8659 (outside of Lawrence) for more information.


  1. Courses in literature: 12 credit hours with at least 6 hours (two courses) in literature written before 1900.
    –A minimum of 3 hours (one course) in British literature.
    –A minimum of 3 hours (one course) in American literature.
  2. Courses in writing or English language: 9 hours (three courses).
  3. Electives: 9 hours (ENGL 496 Internship can be used for elective credit).
  4. A minimum of 3 hours at the 500 level or above.

This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and plan to complete a bachelor’s degree. Professional writing courses are included. The program is offered in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus. Internship opportunities may be pursued as credit toward the major, providing students the opportunity to develop communication skills within specific professional contexts.

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, employers are seeking people who can deal with concepts and abstractions, who are imaginative and creative, and who have good communication and people skills. A degree in English can help develop these skills, and it is good preparation for a variety of advanced professional degrees in areas such as business and law. English majors pursue a range of careers including editing, technical writing, advertising and public relations, teaching, market research, retail management, teaching English as a second language, nonprofit fund-raising and/or advocacy, Web design, speech writing, sales, video production, script reading, radio and television, and many others. Some career paths require an advanced degree or specialized post-graduate training, but an undergraduate degree in English is an excellent base from which to explore career options.

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