Major Curriculum


About the B.A. in English

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English is designated to be flexible enough to provide the student with a strong background for graduate studies in English or education or preparation for such professions as law, business, journalism, publishing, religion, library science, medicine, advertising, communications, and technical writing.

  • The English faculty recommends that students majoring in English take ENGL B105 (Enhanced Composition) and ENGL B106 (Enhanced Composition and Literature) instead of ENGL B101 and B102.
  • Students who are planning to attend graduate school should take the entire second year of foreign language and take, as electives, as many upper-level English courses as possible.
  • Students seeking the bachelor’s degree in English must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required English courses at the 200 level and above in order for those courses to count toward their major program. English majors are limited to no more than 6 hours of ENGL B399 credit.
  • A grade of “C” or better in English 102, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for all English courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • An exit survey is required of all graduating seniors.

Courses to Complete
To earn the B.A. in English, you'll need to complete 120 credit hours in the following areas:

I. General Education Requirements (37-47 credits)

(With Notes for Majors)

English (6-7 credits). Each with a grade of “C” or higher:

ENGL B101L (1 credit)
ENGL B101 or B105 (3 credits)
ENGL B102 or B106 (3 credits)

English majors are strongly encouraged to take ENGL B105 and B106.

Students may place out of ENGL B101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam. Students who transfer into USCB with credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL B101L requirement.

Numerical and Analytical Reasoning (6 credits). MATH B101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

Speech (3 credits). COMM B140, B201 or B230.

Liberal Arts:

Liberal Arts Electives (6 credits) (humanities or social/behavioral sciences). Courses from the following disciplines: AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement. English majors may use 3 hours of their major prerequisites toward this requirement.

History (3 credits). HIST B101, B102, B111, B112, B115, or B116.

Fine Arts (3 credits). Courses from ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Social/Behavioral Sciences  (3 credits). Courses from ANTH, ECON, GEOL, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.

Natural Sciences (7 credits). Two courses, at least one with associated laboratory. Courses from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI, and PHYS.

One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory.

As of Fall 2013, two courses outside the Natural Science curriculum also satisfy the 3-credit
course requirement of Natural Science: ANTH B101 and PSYC B361. Students may elect to take them as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.

Foreign Languages (0-6 credits). Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to
comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam. For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students  whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB’s language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency (USCB conducted test) in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement. 

Majors: requirements in this category will be fulfilled by Program Requirements in (II) below. No additional courses are required.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding (0-3 credits). A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH B102, ANTH B312, ANTH B317, ANTH B351, ANTH B352, ANTH 452, ENGL 291, GEOL 21, GLST 3B01, GLST B398, HIST B109, HIST B115, HIST B116, RELG B203, SOCY B315 and SPAN B380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

II. Program Requirements (24-27 credits)

Students must earn a C or higher in each of the following.

Foreign Language (0-3 credits). Students shall demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language by achieving a score of four or better on a USCB foreign language proficiency test or achieving a passing grade in a 201 course.
History (3 credits). An additional selection from HIST B101, B102, B111, B112, B115 or B116.
Philosophy (3 credits). A course from PHIL (excluding logic: B110 & B111).
Humanities (3 credits). A course from African American studies, English, fine arts, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy (except B110 & B111), or religious studies.
Major Prerequisites (15 credits).
ENGL B200: Introduction to English Studies (3)
ENGL B287: American Literature (3)
ENGL B288: British Literature I (3)
ENGL B289: British Literature II (3)
ENGL B290: Great Books of the West (3)
At least one course from 200, 287, 288, 289, or 290 should be completed before the student takes any courses at the 300 or 400 level. Students are encouraged to complete all five of the foundational 200-level English prerequisites as early in the major as possible.

III. Major Requirements (30)

Students must earn a C or higher in each of the following.

Option 1: General Major (30)

  • Two courses in pre-1800 literature at the 300 level or higher (6)
  • Three courses in post-1800 literature at the 300 level or higher (9)
  • One course in Literary Theory: ENGL B441 or B442 (3)
  • Four additional courses at the 300 level or higher (12)

Option 2: Writing Concentration (30)

  • Two courses in pre-1800 literature at the 300 level or higher (6)
  • Three courses in post-1800 literature at the 300 level or higher (9)
  • One course in Literary Theory: ENGL B441 or B442 (3)
  • Three courses from ENGL B460, B462, B463, B464, and B465 (9)
  • ENGL B499: Senior Thesis or ENGL B498: Senior Seminar: Writing (3)

Pre-1800 Literature: ENGL B380, B381, B382, B395, B401, B402, B403, B405, B406, B407, or B410. Also ENGL B419, B429, or B439 when the topic is appropriate.

Post-1800 Literature: ENGL B384, B385, B386, B397, B411, B412, B413, B421, B422, B423, B424, B425A, B425, B426, B427, B428, or B437. Also ENGL B419, B429, or B439 when the topic is appropriate

B464 and B465: With consent of the instructor, students can take ENGL B464 and ENGL B465 twice each for credit.

IV. Electives (26-29)

Total Hours Required (120)

An exit survey is required of all graduating seniors.