English BA

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate english majors must meet the university and college general education requirements.

The college's foreign language requirement may be met in any language

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

Majors may take no more than 6 satisfactory/unsatisfactory hours in the department. Any English course may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis except the following:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
ENGL 1110First-Year Writing for International Students3
ENGL 3090Turning the Kaleidoscope: How We Look at Texts3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 3110Junior-Level Writing for International Students3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing in the Sciences3

Degree Requirements

English majors must complete at least 39, but no more than 48, hours in English exclusive of:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
ENGL 1110First-Year Writing for International Students3
Junior-Level Writing Requirement3

 Students majoring in English must take one three-hour 2000-level course in each of the following areas: Literature in English, Language and Language Studies, and Creative Writing. Collectively, the three 2000-level courses introduce all majors to the intellectual work people in English Studies do, and to explore the range of skills, processes, areas of knowledge, and practices we work with and the texts we produce.

Literature in English3
Poetry: The Greatest Hits
Our Stories, Ourselves
Hey, Have You Read ______?
Drama: The Greatest Hits
Language and Writing3
Rhetorical Ways with Words
Literate Lives
Introduction to English Language Variety
Creative Writing3
Introduction to Creative Writing
Poetry Writing Jumpstart
Fiction Writing Jumpstart
Total Hours9

Junior-Level Writing Requirement

Students choose one three-hour course from the following list to meet the junior-level writing requirement:

ENGL 3090Turning the Kaleidoscope: How We Look at Texts 13
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 3110Junior-Level Writing for International Students3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing in the Sciences3
HONORS 3100Honors Advanced Composition: Writing The City3

3000 Level Major Courses: required total of 9 hours, at least six of which are literature.

Courses at this level feature a more narrow range of content, deepening the skills and habits of mind learned at the 2000 level. 

One 3000-level British Literature Course3
One 3000-level American Literature Course3
An additional 3000-level English Course3
Total Hours9

4000 Level Courses: required total of 12 hours. Pre-requisite: students must pass all three 2000-level core curriculum courses before enrolling in 4000-level courses.

Senior level courses are more specialized in content and more challenging in the kinds of work students produce. A wide range of these is available, in literature in English, writing and language, and creative writing. A student can focus on one of those three areas or may remain a generalist. 

Electives: 9 hours of English courses at any level, exclusive of courses used to satisfy the first-year and junior-level writing requirements.

 

 B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in English

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. or B.S. degree in the discipline; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. in English with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Learning Outcomes

English BA Graduates Will Be Strong Writers, Compose Ideas with Clarity and Utilize Effective Writing Processes. They Will:

  • Experiment with and enact various textual and discursive forms
  • Integrate audience expectations and/or needs into texts they create
  • Challenge audience expectations when appropriate 
  • Construct purposeful texts
    • (i.e. texts may include but are not limited to: literature, rhetoric, language, film, music, and other media/interactions)
  • Practice revision processes, with complexity and concision complementing each other
  • Make use of grammatically and mechanically correct prose when the rhetorical situation requires it
  • Adapt and experiment with grammatical and mechanical conventions when the rhetorical situation requires it

English BA Graduates Participate in Conversations via Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Critical Thinking. They Will:

  • Read, write, and interact with a variety of texts
    • Read broadly and widely
    • Read closely and critically
  • Engage with increasingly complex texts as readers and writers
  • Contribute their own perspectives to scholarly and public conversations involving texts they read
  • Develop their own ideas and elaborate on them in relation to the ideas of others
    • Discuss texts thoughtfully, inside and outside of classrooms
    • Listen to others and synthesize perspectives when discussing texts
  • Develop and master listening rhetorically, and listening to understand, not merely to argue against.

English BA Graduates Will Engage with a Wide Variety of Texts and Become Astute Analysts and Creators. They will:

  • Define and describe texts
  • Identify patterns in texts
  • Analyze patterns in texts
  • Make claims based on evidence found in texts
  • Develop and propose alternative claims about texts
  • Create original texts in response to texts
  • Create and articulate original ideas in texts

English BA Graduates Will Be Culturally and Historically Aware Citizens and Professionals. They will:

  • Explore and explain the interrelatedness of texts with culture, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, class, and power, and the intersectional and sometimes fluid nature of such concepts  
  • Articulate worldviews from varied perspectives and evidence-based positions
  • Discuss the historical dimensions and contemporary implications of texts
  • Explore the structure and history of the English language
  • Demonstrate strong social awareness

Career Outcomes 

In accordance with HB 1606, career and salary information are available at MoScores

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311ENGL 23603
ENGL 11003ENGL 20403
MATH 10203Foreign Language 10025
Foreign Language 10015CORE - Communication Proficiency3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3 
 15 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 24103ENGL 37103
ENGL 33203ENGL 35303
Foreign Language 21013CORE - Information Literacy3
CORE - US History and Government3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts (non English)3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 30903ENGL 4000 Level3
ENGL 4000-level course3ENGL elective3
ENGL elective3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3Elective or minor6
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 4000+ level course3ENGL 4000+ level course3
ENGL elective3Elective or minor13
Elective or minor9 
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor. All requirements are subject to change.