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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. Literature, Language, and Writing Major

KU Edwards Campus

The undergraduate program in literature, language, and writing is offered in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the upper-level courses necessary for a bachelor’s degree.

Literature, Language, and Writing Program

The program includes professional writing courses. Internship opportunities may be pursued as credit toward the major, offering students the opportunity to develop communication skills in 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.

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.

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

Course Requirements

  1. Courses in literature: 12 credit hours with at least 6 hours (2 courses) in literature written before 1900.
    –A minimum of 3 hours (1 course) in British literature.
    –A minimum of 3 hours (1 course) in American literature.
  2. Courses in writing or English language: 9 hours (3 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.

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