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

The department offers 3 emphases and an Honors variation on each. The Traditional English emphasis; the Language, Rhetoric, and Writing emphasis; and the Creative-Writing English emphasis all require at least 30 hours of junior/senior courses (numbered 300 or above). All English majors must take at least 2 courses (6 hours) numbered 500 or above (i.e. capstone courses). The Honors version of each emphasis adds 3 hours to the requirement.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for English.

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Traditional English Emphasis

The Traditional English emphasis requires 18 core hours and 12 hours of English electives at the 300-level or above.

Core Requirements

English Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete the following requirements:

Introduction of Literary Criticism and Theory. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 308 Introduction to Literacy Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 508 Contemporary Literary Theory (3)

Major British Writers I (Middle Ages to 1800, excluding Shakespeare). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 301 British Literature to 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 312 Major British Writers to 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
  • ENGL 521 Literature from the Renaissance to 1800 _____
  • ENGL 610 The Literature of England to 1500 (3) H
  • ENGL 620 Renaissance English Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 633 Milton (3) H
  • ENGL 640 British Literature, 1600-1800 _____ (3) H

Major British Writers II (Romantic Period to Present). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 305 World Indigenous Literatures (3) NW / H
  • ENGL 309 The British Novel (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 314 Major British Writers after 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H

Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by ENGL 320 or equivalent.

American Literature II (1865 to the Present). Satisfied by one of the following:

  • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
  • ENGL 322 American Literature II (3) H
  • ENGL 325 Recent Popular Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (3) H
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
  • ENGL 577 American Literature Since 1900 _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
  • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H

English Required Elective. Majors must compete at least 4 junior/senior courses (12 hours) in English. A single creative writing course (fiction writing, nonfiction writing, poetry writing, screen writing or playwriting) or 1 course in the HWC 304/308/312 sequence may be applied as an elective. ENGL 495 (Directed Study) or ENGL 496 (Internship) may be applied only to these additional requirements.

One of the following may be used as an elective. Once 1 of these is fulfilling an elective in the traditional track, no more may count.

English Capstone Experience. Majors must complete at least 2 courses in the major as Capstone Courses (ENGL courses taken at the 500-level or above). These can be electives or equivalents in the core. The following exceptions apply. Only 1 of the following may be used to fulfill this requirement: ENGL 555, FMS 773, or THR 709. ENGL 551, ENGL 552, ENGL 553, ENGL 554, ENGL 596 and ENGL 599 cannot be used to fulfill the requirement.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

 

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Language, Rhetoric, and Writing Emphasis

English Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete the following requirements:

Introduction of Literary Criticism and Theory. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 308 Introduction to Literacy Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 508 Contemporary Literary Theory (3)

Major British Writers I (Middle Ages to 1800, excluding Shakespeare). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 301 British Literature to 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 312 Major British Writers to 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
  • ENGL 521 Literature from the Renaissance to 1800 _____
  • ENGL 610 The Literature of England to 1500 (3) H
  • ENGL 620 Renaissance English Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 633 Milton (3) H
  • ENGL 640 British Literature, 1600-1800 _____ (3) H

Major British Writers II (Romantic Period to Present). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 305 World Indigenous Literatures (3) NW / H
  • ENGL 309 The British Novel (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 314 Major British Writers after 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H

Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by ENGL 320 or equivalent.

American Literature II (1865 to the Present). Satisfied by one of the following:

  • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
  • ENGL 322 American Literature II (3) H
  • ENGL 325 Recent Popular Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (3) H
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
  • ENGL 577 American Literature Since 1900 _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
  • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H

Language, Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis. Majors must complete 5 courses (15 hours) in English Language, Rhetoric, and Writing, including either English 380 or 387, and at least 6 additional hours of language or rhetoric courses, and 6 additional hours of language or rhetoric or writing courses. Only 1 creative writing course may be applied to the writing courses.

Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Introduction to the English Language. Satisfied by ENGL 380 or 387.

Language or Rhetoric Electives. Satisfied by completion of 2 of the following (not used above):

  • ENGL 359 English Grammar (3) U
  • ENGL 380 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (3) H
  • ENGL 385 The Development of Modern English (3) H
  • ENGL 387 Introduction to the English Language (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 400 Teaching and Tutoring Writing (3) U
  • ENGL 580 Rhetoric and Writing: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 587 American English (3) H
  • ENGL 590 Studies in: World Englishes (1-3)
  • ENGL 590 Studies in: Afrofuturism (1-3)

Language or Rhetoric or Writing Electives. Satisfied by completion of 2 of the following (not used above) and no more than 1 creative writing course.

  • ENGL 359 English Grammar (3) U
  • ENGL 360 Advanced Composition: _____ (3)
  • ENGL 361 Professional Writing: _____ (3)
  • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 380 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (3) H
  • ENGL 385 The Development of Modern English (3) H
  • ENGL 387 Introduction to the English Language (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 400 Teaching and Tutoring Writing (3) U
  • ENGL 562 Advanced Technical Writing I (3)
  • ENGL 563 Advanced Technical Writing and Editing (3)
  • ENGL 564 Advanced Technical Editing I (3)
  • ENGL 580 Rhetoric and Writing: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 587 American English (3) H
  • ENGL 590 Studies in: World Englishes (1-3)
  • ENGL 590 Studies in: Afrofuturism (1-3)

One of the following creative writing courses or courses outside the English department may be used as a language or rhetoric or writing elective. Once 1 of these is fulfulling an elective in the language, rhetoric, and writing track, no more may count.

English Capstone Experience. Majors must complete at least 2 courses in the major as Capstone Courses (ENGL courses taken at the 500-level or above). These can be electives or equivalents in the core. The following exceptions apply: Only 1 of the following may be utilized to fulfill this requirement: ENGL 551, ENGL 552, ENGL 553, ENGL 554, ENGL 555, FMS 773, or THR 709. ENGL 596 and ENGL 599 cannot be used to fulfill the requirement.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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Creative-Writing Emphasis

Application term. Students should apply to major during semester in which major admission criteria will be completed, normally no later than 60 hours, or for transfer students, during the initial term at KU. Application to this major after completion of 60 hours, or the initial KU term for transfer students, will likely delay graduation.

Creative Writing Course Requirements

  • Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent transfer course.
  • One Junior/Senior (300+) English course. Satisfied by 300+ ENGL course.

Admission GPA

  • Satisfied by a minimum 2.5 GPA in required admission courses designated above. All completed English courses count towards admission GPA.
  • University Course Repeat Policy will apply.

Permission to Pursue Emphasis. Students intending to pursue the creative-writing emphasis must apply for admission. Students should do so before enrolling in their third creative-writing course at the 300-level or above. To be accepted into the emphasis, students must earn grades of B or better in each of two 300-level creative writing workshops: English 351, 352, 353, 354, 355 and 360 (when topic is “essay writing”).

Core Requirements

Creative Writing Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in 5 of the following 6 areas:

Introduction of Literary Criticism and Theory. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 308 Introduction to Literacy Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 508 Contemporary Literary Theory (3)

Major British Writers I (Middle Ages to 1800, excluding Shakespeare). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 301 British Literature to 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 312 Major British Writers to 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
  • ENGL 521 Literature from the Renaissance to 1800 _____
  • ENGL 610 The Literature of England to 1500 (3) H
  • ENGL 620 Renaissance English Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 633 Milton (3) H
  • ENGL 640 British Literature, 1600-1800 _____ (3) H

Major British Writers II (Romantic Period to Present). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

  • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) H
  • ENGL 305 World Indigenous Literatures (3) NW / H
  • ENGL 309 The British Novel (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 314 Major British Writers after 1800 (3) H
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H

Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by ENGL 320 or equivalent.

American Literature II (1865 to the Present). Satisfied by one of the following:

  • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
  • ENGL 322 American Literature II (3) H
  • ENGL 325 Recent Popular Literature (3) HL / H
  • ENGL 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (3) H
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature (3) H
  • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
  • ENGL 577 American Literature Since 1900 _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
  • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H 

Creative Writing Emphasis. Majors must complete 15 hours of English Creative Writing courses, including work in at least 2 genres:

Fiction. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

Poetry. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

Playwriting/Screenwriting. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

Non-Fiction. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

English Major Capstone. Majors must complete 2 capstone courses with a minimum of 1 creative writing course. Any creative writing course numbered 500 or above may be repeated once for credit.* Course may satisfy requirements above.

  • Creative Writing Capstone. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from ENGL 551, 552, 553, 554, 555.
  • Second English Capstone. Satisfied by 1 additional 500+ level ENGL course or creative writing course (3 hours).
  • Major Hours & Major GPA

    While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

    Major Hours
    Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

    Major Hours in Residence
    Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

    Major Junior/Senior Hours
    Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

    Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
    Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

     

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