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Do you love to read and write? Are you unsure how to take that love and make it a career? The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English program is here to help.
Practical, hands-on courses teach students to do the kind of writing businesses need: effective websites, well-designed technical documents, convincing proposals, and more. More traditional literature courses provide students with excellent training for graduate school and with the skills of close reading, analysis, and argumentation that are essential in a world dominated by electronic text.
This isn't your high school English class. In the English program, you take solid theoretical preparation and learn how to use it in hands-on situations.
In literature and creative writing courses, students will read intensely and discuss literature at a deep, analytical level. Those skills are then applied across courses in poetry, fiction, drama, film, video games, and graphic novels to develop a portfolio of original work that will make them competitive for graduate school.
While taking coursework in English, students practice what they learn in class and by working for Trine's literary journal, Inscriptions, writing for the department, and promoting departmental events like the Humanities SymposiaOpens in new window and Overlooked Film FestivalOpens in new window. Students interested in graduate study or teaching can also work in the university's Writing Center tutoring fellow students.
English majors lead, succeed, and thrive in their careers. Recent studies have shown that humanities majors earn as much or more over their careers as science, technology, engineering and math majors, mostly because humanities majors go to graduate school in greater numbers. This program specifically prepares you for that graduate school path.
Admission requirements for transfer students:
High School Transcripts:
Total Credit Hours - 120
General Education – 42 hours:
• Written Communication - 6 hrs.
• ENG 143 College Composition
• HUM 203 Humanities Seminar
• Oral Communication – 3 hrs.
• SP 203 Effective Speaking
• Social Science and Humanities – 12 hrs.
*must include 2 courses each from Social Science and Humanities and be on the grid.
• ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
• ENG 363 The English Language
• PSY 113 Principles of Psychology
• Additional course from Social Science – 3 hrs.
• Mathematics and Science – 9 hrs.
*must include at least one math and one science course (Other – 12 hrs)
• ENG 433 Shakespeare and His Times
• COM 363 Rhetoric and Persuasion
• COM 203 Media and Society
• Additional 3 credits of General Education
Program Requirements – 45 hours:
Composition Core – 21 hrs
• ENG 133 Technical Communication
• ENG 273 Creative Writing
• ENG 412 Writing Center Consulting
• ENG 411L Writing Center Consulting Lab
• ENG 303 Advanced Technical Communication
or ENG 453 Advanced Composition
Electives in communication courses (selected in consultation with advisor) – 9 hrs
• COM 183 Writing for Media
• COM 253 Event Planning and Promotion
• COM 343 Web Content Management
• COM 353 PR Writing and Production
• COM 383 Feature Reporting
• COM 413 Corporate and Organizational Communication
• COM 483 Public Affairs Reporting
or other communication course approved by advisor
Literature Core – 21 hrs
Take 3 of these 5 survey courses:
• ENG 2013 British Literature I
• ENG 2023 British Literature II
• ENG 2113 American Literature I
• ENG 2123 American Literature II
• ENG 253 Readings in World Literature
Take the following:
• ENG 373 Literary Theory
Literature electives (or other literature course approved by advisor) – 9 hrs
• ENG 233 Mythology
• ENG 263 Contemporary Themes in Literature
• ENG 3303 The Bible as Literature
• ENG 3313 Graphic Novels
• ENG 423 Drama
• ENG 443 Poetry
• FLM 203 Film Appreciation
Program Core – 3 hrs.
• ENG 4013 Capstone Study in English
or COM 4013 Senior Capstone Internship in Communication
Additional Requirements – 33 hours:
• UE 101 University Experience
• Free Electives – 29 hrs.