Major Requirements - English

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Core Requirements: 20 semester hours

  • One genre course: ENG2200; ENG/THE2220 or ENG2240 (4)
    Note: Creative writing students should take ENG2200 or ENG 2240.
  • One American Literature course: ENG3320; ENG3350 or ENG3370 (4)
    Note: Creative writing students should take ENG3370.
  • One British literature course: ENG3400; ENG3420; ENG3440 or ENG3460 (4)
  • One course in literature outside the Anglo-American canon: ENG3200; ENG3500; ENG 3510 or ENG3520 (4)
  • One capstone course: ENG4990 (4)

English majors will also select one of three tracks within the program to complete requirements for the degree.

General Studies Emphasis: 20 semester hours

  • One language course (4):
    ENG2100 Linguistics; ENG3100 Stylistics; or ENG3550 Language, Literacy and Cognition
  • One writing course (4): 
    ENG2060 Introduction to Creative Writing, ENG2400 Grammar and Composition for Teachers or ENG3020 Advanced Academic Writing
  • One course in literary criticism (4):
    ENG2260 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Eight additional hours of ENG courses, excluding ENG1000; ENG1060; ENG2010 and ENG/EDU3180

Creative Writing Emphasis: 20 semester hours

  • ENG2060 Introduction to Creative Writing (4)
  • ENG3060 Intermediate Fiction Writing (4)
  • ENG3100 Stylistics (4)
  • ENG3240 Intermediate Poetry Writing (4)
  • ENG4060 Advanced Creative Writing (4)


Secondary Education Licensure Emphasis: 18 semester hours

  • ENG2260 Critical Approaches to Literature (4)
  • ENG2400 Grammar and Composition for Teachers (4)
  • ENG3190 Multicultural Young Adult Literature (2)
  • ENG3550 Language, Literacy, and Cognition (4)
  • ENG3820 Secondary Methods in English (4)

Note: Secondary Education candidates will also complete the supplemental major in secondary education.