Bachelor of Science in English

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We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in English programs and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Express Yourself

Whether you’re considering a career in journalism, editing, public relations, marketing, academia, law, or business, you must possess strong critical thinking, effective writing, and interpersonal skills in order to be successful. By taking part in courses in English, American, and western world literature, and expository and persuasive writing, this bachelor's degree program in English will enhance your communication skills and improve your aptitude for writing. As an English major, you will deepen your understanding of how to use language for practical and professional endeavors—enabling you to more articulately and persuasively express yourself via the written word. The result is a versatile bachelor’s degree that can be applied to any number of exciting careers. For maximum flexibility, the college offers you the opportunity to choose from a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree option.

The courses in this undergraduate English degree program are designed to establish cultural literacy and deepen your understanding of the English language, writing patterns, and composition. In addition to writing extensively on topics of current interest, the program’s capstone project offers you the opportunity to integrate your acquired knowledge and capabilities through a detailed research project.

Career Outlook

Given their ability to write well, think critically, and communicate effectively, English majors are well suited for jobs in many fields, including sales, management, communications, and advertising, among others. Employment for English majors is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations, with the most appealing writing and editing jobs remaining competitive, with many people attracted to this occupation. 

Interested in learning more about our bachelor's degrees and the pace yourself format? View our recently filmed webinar.

Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (24 q.h.)

Complete fifteen credits of Humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, JRN, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language 15 q.h.

Complete six credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:


Complete one of the following courses:

HST 1001 The Civilization of the Ancient & Medieval World 3 q.h.
HST 1002 The Civilization of the Early Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.

Major Courses (69 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ENG 2210 English Literature 1 3 q.h.
ENG 2211 English Literature 2 3 q.h.
ENG 2212 English Literature 3 3 q.h.
ENG 2420 American Literature 1 3 q.h.
ENG 2421 American Literature 2 3 q.h.
ENG 2422 American Literature 3 3 q.h.
ENG 2521 Backgrounds in Literature 3 q.h.
ENG 3432 Western World Literature 1 3 q.h.
ENG 3433 Western World Literature 2 3 q.h.
ENG 3001 Expository and Persuasive Writing 1 3 q.h.
ENG 3002 Expository and Persuasive Writing 2 3 q.h.
ENG 4020 Expository Writing Workshop 3 q.h.
ENG 4455 Topics in Shakespeare 3 q.h.
ENG 4950 Senior Seminar 3 q.h.

Complete twenty-seven credits of English electives:

ENG 27 q.h.

Non-Business Electives (9 q.h.)

Open Electives (25 q.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 160

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $0.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

A bachelor's degree in English provides you with skills for a variety of positions across many industries. English majors often pursue careers in publishing, advertising, public relations, marketing, or teaching. Possible job occupations include: copywriter, journalist, commentator, editor, production assistant, public relations specialist, technical writer, or author. Graduates also go on to careers in teaching, law, or as office support specialists.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Define, construct, and properly use written and oral communications targeted for use with varied audiences and purposes.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Demonstrate an understanding of literary periods and fluency in the use of multiple written formats and genres.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Analyze, differentiate, and incorporate primary and secondary source information into papers, projects, etc., with appropriate citations and evaluate the relevant merits of competing resources with respect to articulated standards.
  4. Applied Learning
    Formulate a response to a specific topic, problem, or issue at the individual level, as well as demonstrate and incorporate insights from others at the collaborative level.
  5. Civic Learning
    Explicate and present the relevancy of literature from local, national, and global perspectives.

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