BA in English

Houghton offers a major in English, leading to the BA degree, and a minor. The English major focuses on developing critical and creative thinking skills through the study of literature.

The required courses for the English major endeavor to provide a solid introduction to the broad scope of English and American literature, while also helping students develop the research, writing, and analytical skills needed to extend their studies into more specific areas of literature. All English majors take Advanced Composition: Writing about Literature, two semesters each of English and American Literature, Literary Criticism, and Senior Seminar in Literature, a challenging research-oriented seminar course. English majors also select electives from a wide range of options, emphasizing mainly the western literary tradition.

Students electing a minor in English are required to take either both semesters of English Literature or both semester's of American Literature. An additional twelve hours of literature electives are necessary. Advanced Composition: Writing about Literature is also strongly recommended.

Required Courses
ENGL 207 Introduction to Literary Studies 2
ENGL 316 Literary Criticism 2
One ENGL course before 1800 4
One ENGL course after 1800 4
ENGL 335/350 Major Author 4
ENGL 418 Senior Capstone: Seminar 4
For the additional 5 courses, choose 1 of the following options

Option One: Literature Emphasis

  • Three literature courses and two courses in literature or writing

Option Two: Writing Emphasis

  • Two (ENGL) literature courses
  • Three writing courses distributed as follows:
  • Required course: WRIT 214 Literary Non-Fiction
  • Two (WRIT) writing courses

English Major BA, 40 hours

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