Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Literature, Language, and Writing Major
KU Edwards Campus
The undergraduate program in literature, language, and writing is offered in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the upper-level courses necessary for a bachelor’s degree.
Literature, Language, and Writing Program
The program includes professional writing courses. Internship opportunities may be pursued as credit toward the major, offering students the opportunity to develop communication skills in specific professional contexts.
In today’s rapidly changing work environment, employers are seeking people who can deal with concepts and abstractions, who are imaginative and creative, and who have good communication and people skills. A degree in English can help develop these skills, and it is good preparation for a variety of advanced professional degrees in areas such as business and law. English majors pursue a range of careers including editing, technical writing, advertising and public relations, teaching, market research, retail management, teaching English as a second language, nonprofit fund-raising and/or advocacy, Web design, speech writing, sales, video production, script reading, radio and television, and many others. Some career paths require an advanced degree or specialized post-graduate training, but an undergraduate degree in English is an excellent base from which to explore career options.
Contact the CLAS undergraduate advisor on the Edwards Campus, Dan Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 864-8659 (from Lawrence) or 913-897-8659 (outside of Lawrence) for more information.
Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major
Literature, Language and Writing Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a total of 4 courses (12 hours) satisfying the distribution indicated in each of the following 3 areas:
- Literature Before 1900. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) from: ENGL 301, ENGL 309, ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 315, ENGL 316, ENGL 317, ENGL 320, ENGL 322, ENGL 331, ENGL 332, ENGL 521, ENGL 525, ENGL 565, ENGL 576, ENGL 610, ENGL 620, ENGL 633, ENGL 640, ENGL 650, ENGL 655.
- British Literature. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from: ENGL 301, ENGL 302, ENGL 309, ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 315, ENGL 331, ENGL 332, ENGL 521, ENGL 522, ENGL 525, ENGL 530, ENGL 560, ENGL 565, ENGL 610, ENGL 620, ENGL 633, ENGL 640, ENGL 650, ENGL 655, ENGL 690.
- American Literature. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from: ENGL 316, ENGL 320, ENGL 322, ENGL 325, ENGL 336, ENGL 337, ENGL 338, ENGL 340, ENGL 570, ENGL 571, ENGL 574, ENGL 575, ENGL 576, ENGL 577, ENGL 578, ENGL 579.
Writing or English Language Required Electives. Majors must complete a total of 3 courses (9 hours) of writing and/or English language courses.
English Required Elective. Majors must complete 3 courses (9 hours) of junior/senior level ENGL courses. 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) can be applied as major elective credit. In addition, the following courses offered in other CLAS departments may be selected: HWC 304, HWC 308, HWC 312, FMS 373, FMS 773, THR 709.
Major Hours & Major GPA
While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.
Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.
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.