The Bachelor of Arts in English program at AU is designed to provide a strong foundation in the study of literature, various types of writing and analysis of language. While the core curriculum focuses on a broad base of literature and linguistics courses, you will be able to customize the major to suit your interests by pursuing an emphasis in general studies, secondary education or creative writing. 

General studies emphasis: Courses include literary criticism, linguistics, advanced writing and a wide breadth of literature core courses and electives. The emphasis is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate studies, law school or other professional careers.

Secondary education emphasis: Courses prepare students to teach at the middle and high school levels with literature, academic writing, critical analysis and methods topics. If you choose the secondary education emphasis, you will also pursue a supplemental major in secondary education. Upon completion, you will hold a Bachelor of Arts in English and will meet the requirements to obtain a teaching license in the State of Illinois.

Creative Writing emphasis: Courses include fiction writing, poetry writing and stylistics. While all courses in the emphasis are focused on writing production, students will gain knowledge and skills in literature and linguistics through the major’s core curriculum.   

Many students choose to minor in English to build the writing, critical thinking and communication skills that complement any primary major. We offer a minor in English and a minor in creative writing.

Program Overview
To earn an undergraduate degree in English, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and English courses.

The Bachelor of Arts in English includes:
•    20 hours of required courses and a senior capstone
•    20 to 22 hours of emphasis courses

The minor in English includes:
•    18 semester hours, including four semester hours in literature and four semester hours in writing or language. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 3000-level or above.

The minor in creative writing includes:
•    20 semester hours, including at least 12 semester hours of creative writing courses. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 3000-level or above.

The English program at AU prepares students for advanced graduate studies in a variety of fields, including language and literature, law, education, journalism, communication and public relations. Students also are prepared to enter the workforce as teachers, writers, editors, researchers and other communication-related professions.