English, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Requirements for English Majors

Students who declare an English major in the Fall 2013 term and after are required to maintain a major GPA of 2.5 or higher. The GPA in the major is calculated from courses in the major based in the major department only, and that have been taken at City College or through ePermit, including all courses in excess of the minimum required for the degree. Students whose departmental GPA falls below 2.5 will be notified and given one year's probation in the major. They will be called in for a conference with a departmental advisor to discuss ways of improving academic performance. The advisor may recommend taking a particular course for better preparation, meeting with a tutor in the Writing Center, taking a course load lower than 15 credits, or other strategies for achieving academic success. All students should try to maintain the highest possible GPA in order to enhance their prospects for acceptance to graduate programs and career opportunities.

Areas of Concentration

English majors choose one of the three areas of concentration and complete their course of study as listed below:

Literature

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 25000Intro Literary Study

3

One additional 200-level course drawn from the following:

3

ENGL 25100-25400Historical Survey of British Literature

3

ENGL 26000-26900Studies in Genre

3

ENGL 27000-27010Literatures of Diversity

3

ENGL 28000Introduction to Comparative Literature

3

Two courses required at 300-level

6

One 300-level class may be taken simultaneous with a 200-level class, but two 200-level classes are needed for additional work at the 300-level

Two courses at the 400 level, to be taken after completion of two 300-level classes

6

Electives (any English Department course at the 200-, 300-, 400-level, but no more than four 200-level classes. One course may be ENGL 220 or 230, but Publishing Certificate classes cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.)

18

One course (300-level or above) taken in another department and approved as an interdisciplinary elective

3

Total Credit Hours:39

Creative Writing

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 25000Intro Literary Study

3

ENGL One additional 200 level course drawn from the following:

3

ENGL 25100-25400Historical Survey of British Literature

3

ENGL 26000-26900Studies in Genre

3

ENGL 27000-27010Literatures of Diversity

3

ENGL 28000Introduction to Comparative Literature

3

Additional Literature Courses

15

ENGL 22000Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing

3

ENGL 22100Intermediate Creative Writing: Reading as Writers

3

Creative writing (22000 or 30000-level or above)

12

Total Credit Hours:39

Secondary English Education

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 25000Intro Literary Study

3

ENGL 25100-25400Historical Survey of British Literature

3

OR

ENGL 26000-26900Studies in Genre

3

OR

ENGL 27000-27010Literatures of Diversity

3

OR

ENGL 28000Introduction to Comparative Literature

3

Secondary Education Requirements in Young Adult Literature

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 21200Introduction to Language Studies

3

ENGL 34200Advanced Grammar

3

ENGL 36900Selected Topics in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric

3

ENGL 46900Advanced Topics in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric

3

Two English Electives at the 400 level 6

6

Two English Electives at the 400 level 6

6

Additional-electives-at-200-300-or-400-level-but-no-more-than-4-total-electives-at-the-200-level

6

Total Credit Hours Required for obtaining a B.A. degree: 120, at least 90 of which must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (RLA).

General Education Requirements ("Pathways")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students. See the General Education Requirements (“Pathways”) section of the Bulletin for more information.