Courses in English improve the reading, writing, and analytical skills of
students, offer insight into the structure of the English language, explore film
as an art form and develop an appreciation for great literature.
A English major is excellent preparation for the graduate study of
literature and communication, for medical school, law school, and secondary
education. It opens the way to many positions in government and private
industry, including editing, technical writing, advertising, public relations,
communication, sales, marketing, personnel management, systems engineering and
programming. A student majoring in English must complete the following
- Minimum of eleven (11) courses numbered above 199.
- At least five (5) of these courses must be on the 300 and 400 level,
totaling 33 semester hours; however, because of the wide diversity of offerings
and the expectation that English majors should improve their intellectual
background and flexibility, students are encouraged to broaden their experience
with additional courses.
- To provide a firm foundation for more advanced study, majors must take,
preferably early in the program, all three (3) of the following broad-range
- ENGL 202 The American Literary Experience
- ENGL 204 The British Literary Experience I
- ENGL 206 The British Literary Experience II
- To acquire range and balance, majors must also take one course in the
English language, either ENGL 400 or 402, and are encouraged to take a varied
selection from other English courses, including period surveys, literary genres,
film, major figures, and writing courses.
- The English major is offered as a BA degree; that is, English majors
(including those students entering JU with the AA degree) must satisfy the
University foreign language requirement by completing a foreign language through
the 202 level.
- In addition to the hours required for the major, completing one (1) course
in speech (COMM 201 or 202) will satisfy the University speech requirement.
- The writing requirement must be met by two (2) English courses labeled WI
(writing intensive), one of which must be ENGL 302 or ENGL 304.
- Course ENGL 103 is a prerequisite for all English courses numbered above
199. Course ENGL 203 can count as elective credit within the major.
- AP Credits: Students who earn a 3 on either the AP Language and Composition
or the AP Literature and Language exams are placed into ENGL 103 Honors.
Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam will earn
credit for ENGL 103 and be placed into ENGL 203 Honors. Students who earn a 4
or 5 on the AP Literature and Language exam are awarded 3 hours of English
elective credit and are placed into ENGL 103 Honors. No student may exempt ENGL
- Students planning to teach in the public schools must take the following
- ENGL 203 World Literature
- ENGL 304 Writing: Argumentation
- ENGL 400 Linguistics
or ENGL 402G Development & Grammar of the
- ENGL 432 Literature & Composition
A student who minors in English must take 15 credit hours in courses
numbered above 199.
A writing minor of 15 credit hours is offered for students who seek a career
in creative writing or communication, or who are pursuing professional goals
that require the ability to analyze what they read and to communicate clearly
Writing minors are required to take the following courses: ENGL 302 and ENGL
304. Additionally, at least three (3) courses from the following:
||Development & Grammar of the English Language
||Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Drama (advanced)
ENGLISH EDUCATION - SECONDARY LEVEL
Students who plan to teach English on the secondary level should complete
the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early
in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.