Degree Requirements

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 English: Language, Rhetoric, and Writing emphasis; and the English: 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.

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.

Traditional English Emphasis

The Traditional English emphasis requires 18 core hours and 12 hours of English electives at the 300-level or above. Of these 30 major hours, 2 courses (6 hours) must be numbered 500 or above (i.e., capstone courses).

Core Requirements

English Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Traditional English majors must complete the following requirements:

Introduction to 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
  • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
  • ENGL 521 British Literature before 1800: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 522 British Literature after 1800:_______ (3) H
  • ENGL 620 Renaissance English Literature: _____ (3) H
  • ENGL 633 Milton (3) H
  • ENGL 640 British Literature, 1600-1800 _____ (3) H
  • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of British material written prior to 1800.
  • Major British Writers II (Romantic Period to Present). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
    • ENGL 492 The London Review (3) H
    • ENGL 530 Irish Literature and Culture: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 565 The Gothic Tradition (3) H
    • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H
    • ENGL 674 African Literature (3) H/NW
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 326, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more that 50% of British, commonwealth, or postcolonial material written after 1800.

    Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 320 American Literature I (3) H
    • ENGL 317 Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____ (3)H
    • ENGL 576 Advanced Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____(3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written prior to 1865.

    American Literature II (1865 to the Present). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
    • ENGL 318 Topics in American Literature Since 1865:_____ (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 340 Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 571 American Indian Literature (3) NW/H/W
    • ENGL 573 U.S. Latina/o Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 574 African American Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
    • ENGL 577 Advanced Topics in American Literature Since 1865: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
    • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 323, 324, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 578, 579, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written after 1865.

    English Required Electives. Traditional English majors must compete at least 4 junior/senior courses (12 hours) in English.

    Note:

    • Only a single creative writing course (fiction writing, nonfiction writing, poetry writing, screen writing or playwriting) may be applied as a major elective.
    • 1 course in the HWC 304/308/312 sequence may be applied as a major elective.
    • Up to 6 credits combined of ENGL 494 (Research Internship) or ENGL 495 (Directed Study) may be applied as major electives; they may not count as English core equivalents.
    • Up to 3 credit hours of ENGL 496 (Internship) or ENGL 497 (Service Learning Internship) may be applied as a major elective.

    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 may not be used as capstones in the traditional major: ENGL 551, ENGL 552, ENGL 553, ENGL 554, ENGL 555, ENGL 596, ENGL 599, FMS 773, or THR 709. ENGL 599 is an additional required English Honors capstone; it does not replace the other two required capstones.

    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 24 hours of KU resident credit in the major; exceptions by permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies only.

    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.

     

    Language, Rhetoric, and Writing Emphasis

    The English: Language, Rhetoric, and Writing (LRW) emphasis requires 15 core hours (1 course in the Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory category, and 1 course from 4 out of the 5 remaining core literary categories). LRW majors must complete 5 courses (15 hours) in English Language, Rhetoric, and Writing, including either ENGL 380 or 387; at least 6 additional hours of language or rhetoric courses; and 6 additional hours of language or rhetoric or writing courses. Of these 30 major hours, 2 courses (6 hours) must be numbered 500 or above (i.e., capstone courses).

    English: LRW Major Core Knowledge and Skills

    Introduction to 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
    • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
    • ENGL 521 Literature from the Renaissance to 1800 _____
    • ENGL 522 British Literature after 1800:_______ (3) H
    • 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
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of British material written prior to 1800.

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

    • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
    • ENGL 492 The London Review (3) H
    • ENGL 530 Irish Literature and Culture: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 565 The Gothic Tradition (3) H
    • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H
    • ENGL 674 African Literature (3) H/NW
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 326, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more that 50% of British, commonwealth, or postcolonial material written after 1800.

    Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 320 American Literature I (3) H
    • ENGL 317 Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____ (3)H
    • ENGL 576 Advanced Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____(3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written prior to 1865.

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

    • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
    • ENGL 318 Topics in American Literature Since 1865:_____ (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 340 Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 571 American Indian Literature (3) NW/H/W
    • ENGL 573 U.S. Latina/o Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 574 African American Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
    • ENGL 577 Advanced Topics in American Literature Since 1865: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
    • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 323, 324, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 578, 579, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written after 1865.

    English: Language, Rhetoric & Writing Required Electives. English: LRW 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 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 380 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (3) H
    • ENGL 387 Introduction to the English Language (3) HL/H

    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 390, 590, 592, 598, or 690, in sections where content is focused on language or rhetoric

    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 390, 590, 592, 598, or 690, in sections where content is focused on language, rhetoric or writing

    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. ENGL 599 is an additional required English Honors capstone; it does not replace the other two required capstones.

    Note:

    • Up to 6 credits combined of ENGL 494 (Research Internship) or ENGL 495 (Directed Study) may be applied as major electives; they may not count as English core equivalents.
    • Up to 3 credit hours of ENGL 496 (Internship) or ENGL 497 (Service Learning Internship) may be applied as a major elective.

    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 24 hours of KU resident credit in the major; exceptions by permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies only.

    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.

    Creative-Writing Emphasis

    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”).

    The English: Creative Writing emphasis requires 15 core hours (1 course from 5 out of the 6 core areas) and 5 courses (15 hours) in creative writing, comprising work in at least 2 genres. Of these 30 major hours, 2 courses (6 horus) must be numbered 500 or above (i.e., capstone courses), of which at least 1 must be a creative writing course.

    Core Requirements

    English: Creative Writing Core Knowledge and Skills

    English: Creative Writing majors must complete a course in 5 of the following 6 areas:

    Introduction to 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
    • ENGL 331 Chaucer (3) H
    • ENGL 521 British Literature before 1800: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 522 British Literature after 1800:_______ (3) H
    • 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
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of British material written prior to 1800.

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

    • ENGL 302 British Literature Since 1800:______ (3) 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 Note: may count for one but not both British literature requirement
    • ENGL 492 The London Review (3) H
    • ENGL 530 Irish Literature and Culture: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 560 British Literature of the 20th Century _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 565 The Gothic Tradition (3) H
    • ENGL 650 Romantic Literature: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 655 Victorian Literature: ______ (3) H
    • ENGL 674 African Literature (3) H/NW
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 326, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more that 50% of British, commonwealth, or postcolonial material written after 1800.

    Shakespeare. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    American Literature I (Colonial Times to 1865). Satisfied by 1 of the following:

    • ENGL 320 American Literature I (3) H
    • ENGL 317 Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____ (3)H
    • ENGL 576 Advanced Topics in American Literature to 1865:_____(3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written prior to 1865.

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

    • ENGL 316 Introduction to Major American Writers (3) H
    • ENGL 318 Topics in American Literature Since 1865:_____ (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 340 Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 571 American Indian Literature (3) NW/H/W
    • ENGL 573 U.S. Latina/o Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 574 African American Literature:_____ (3) H
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South (3) H
    • ENGL 577 Advanced Topics in American Literature Since 1865: _____ (3) H
    • ENGL 578 Poetry, 1900-1945 (3) H
    • ENGL 579 Poetry since 1945 (3) H
    • Topics courses, including ENGL 305, 323, 324, 327, 334, 390, 479, 567, 572, 578, 579, 590, 592, 598, and 690, in sections where content is comprised of more than 50% of American material written after 1865.

    English: Creative Writing Required Electives: English: Creative Writing 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: Creative Writing Major Capstone. English: Creative Writing 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. ENGL 599 is an additional required English Honors capstone; it does not replace the other two required capstones, although it may be used as a creative writing elective with approval of the Honors Coordinator.

    • 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).

    Note:

    • Up to 6 credits combined of ENGL 494 (Research Internship) or ENGL 495 (Directed Study) may be applied as major electives; they may not count as English core equivalents.
    • Up to 3 credit hours of ENGL 496 (Internship) or ENGL 497 (Service Learning Internship) may be applied as a major elective.

    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 24 hours of KU resident credit in the major; exceptions by permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies only.

    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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    Department of English

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4520
    english@ku.edu
    http://www.english.ku.edu/
    Anna Neill, Chair
    785-864-2521
    aneill@ku.edu
    Laura Mielke, Associate Chair
    785-864-2578
    lmielke@ku.edu

    Department of English

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4520
    english@ku.edu
    http://www.english.ku.edu/
    Kathryn Conrad, Director, Undergraduate Studies
    785-864-2572
    kconrad@ku.edu
    Frank Farmer, Director, First- and Second-Year English
    785-864-2507
    farmerf@ku.edu

    Department of English

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4520
    english@ku.edu
    http://www.english.ku.edu/
    Giselle Anatol, Director of Graduate Studies
    785-864-2522
    ganatol@ku.edu
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