English (B.A.)

Building upon the cultural diversity and urban experience that distinguishes Wayne State University, the English Department's mission is to provide its students with the intellectual knowledge and practical tools to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, by teaching them to understand the power and influence of literature and other forms of textual and media production, circulation, and interpretation; and by imparting skill and fluency in close reading, critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and writing in multiple genres.The English major curriculum is designed to introduce students to these skills and to provide a challenging and flexible liberal arts education as well as a pre-professional program for students interested in careers in education, law, business, and other professions.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students must complete twelve English courses beyond the University General Education Competency Requirement and Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements. Ten of these courses must be beyond the 2000-level. Specific requirements are as follows:

Theories and Methods
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to Creative Writing
Survey courses
Select one from each category (early and late)6
Early (choose one)
English Literature to 1700
American Literature to 1865
Late (choose one)
English Literature after 1700
American Literature after 1865
Survey of African-American Literature
Communities and Cultures
Select one upper-division course with an emphasis on cultural diversity:3
Topics in Women's Studies
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Topics in Film and Media
Topics in New Media
Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
Topics in African American Literature
Topics in English and American Literature
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
Topics in Creative Writing
Senior Seminar
ENG 5992Senior Seminar 13
Additional Requirements
Select six additional courses in English 236
Total Credits54

Credit Limitations: No more than forty-six credits in the major field may count toward degree requirements. With the departmental Undergraduate advisor’s approval, appropriate ENG 5990 (Directed Study) credit may count toward a major.

English Honors (B.A. Program)

To graduate with honors in English an undergraduate student must have a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. in English courses and a minimum cumulative g.p.a of 3.3. Additional requirements include a minimum of thirty-six credits in English courses beyond the Liberal Arts and Sciences Group requirements and General Education requirements, nine credits of which must be in honors courses. Students must also complete at least one 4200-level interdepartmental Honors Seminar, HON 4200-HON 4280, to total twelve credits in Honors courses.

Required English Courses

Theories and Methods
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to Creative Writing
Survey courses
Select one from each category (early and late):6
Early
English Literature to 1700
American Literature to 1865
Late
English Literature after 1700
American Literature after 1865
Survey of African-American Literature
Communities and Cultures
Select one upper-division course with an emphasis in cultural diversity:3-4
Topics in Women's Studies
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Topics in Film and Media
Topics in New Media
Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
Topics in African American Literature
Topics in English and American Literature
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
Topics in Creative Writing
Other Requirements
Select at least six additional courses in English 136
Honors Seminar
ENG 4991Honors Seminar (Max. 6) 23
Honors-Option
Select one course in the English Honors curriculum, must be taken with an Honors-option 31-3
Total Credits55-58

Students who wish to become candidates for degrees with honors in English are encouraged to consult early with the Undergraduate Advisor of the English Department (313-577-7701).

Combined Curriculum Requirements

Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching: An English major who wishes to prepare for a career in secondary school teaching can earn a bachelor's degree in English with a secondary teaching certificate. In close consultation with Department of English and College of Education advisors, the student will develop a plan of work that satisfies the requirements of the English B.A. program and includes the subject area and professional courses required for teacher certification. For more information see Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching

Note: Students seeking Elementary Education Certification with a Language Arts Group Major should consult with an advisor in the School of Education.

‘AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

The English Department invites academically superior majors to apply for admission to the 'AGRADE' Program, which allows qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department. Applications will be accepted no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and not less than a 3.6 g.p.a in the major courses already completed. A Plan of Work is required, and credit restrictions apply. Please see the departmental Undergraduate Advisor for more detail.