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English Programs

The Department of Humanities offers a major and minor in English with two possible concentrations. Those interested in the study of English may also look into the following disciplines offered at Baker University’s Baldwin City undergraduate campus:
Education, English (6-12) | French | German | Mass Media | Spanish

Major in English

All students majoring in English must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an English concentration. In addition, they will be required to pass as seniors a written examination. EN 100 and 262 do not count toward the English major or minor.

Concentration in Literature

Students majoring in English with a concentration in literature must successfully complete a minimum of 33 semester hours including:

  • EN 204 Writing and Research for Literary Studies
  • EN 210 American Literature, Colonial Period to 1890 or EN 212 American Literature since 1890
  • EN 220 European Literature through the Renaissance or EN 222 European Literature since the Renaissance
  • EN 330 British Literature to 1780
  • EN 331 British Literature since 1780
  • EN 380 Shakespeare
  • EN 460 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Six hours of 400 level seminars in two different areas
  • Six additional elective semester hours in English (at least three at the 200-level or above)

Concentration in Creative Writing

Students majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing must successfully complete a minimum of 33 semester hours including:

  • EN 204 Writing and Research for Literary Studies
  • EN 460 Critical Approaches to Literature

Four courses chosen from among the following:

  • EN 230 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • EN 232 Poetry Writing I
  • EN 234 Fiction Writing I
  • EN 353 Creative Nonfiction: The Personal Essay
  • EN 365 Advanced Composition

Two of the following courses:

  • EN 210 American Literature, Colonial Period to 1890
  • EN 212 American Literature since 1890
  • EN 226 Contemporary and Minority Literature

One of the following courses:

  • EN 330 British Literature to 1780
  • EN 331 British Literature since 1780
  • EN 380 Shakespeare

In addition, students must complete 6 semester hours of elective courses in English, including:

  • One literature course at the 200 level or above
  • One creative writing course at the 300 level or above

Supporting Coursework

All English majors must complete a world languages course sequence through number 204, one semester more than the traditional BA requirement. Students also must choose a second field to count as supporting coursework, consisting of 12 hours of study. The department chair must approve this supporting field of study.

Minor in English

The minor in English consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours, including EN 204 Introduction to Literary Studies, at least three upper-college hours, and three additional hours at the 200 level or above.

This program information has been taken from the current College of Arts and Sciences catalog. This information is subject to change and is updated with each academic year.