English - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2676
english@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/english


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English allows students to focus on topics of personal interest while developing a broad background in English studies. All students take core classes, surveying English and American literatures and approaches to literary study. They also choose from a wide variety of elective courses in three areas (historical; writing and language studies; and genre studies, cultural studies and literary theory) and complete a capstone senior seminar. Students can participate in the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta and earn various scholarships and awards.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Ashtabula Campus
  • East Liverpool Campus
  • Geauga Campus
  • Kent Campus
  • Salem Campus
  • Stark Campus
  • Trumbull Campus
  • Tuscarawas Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialized knowledge/skills in three area of study: historical; writing and language; and genre studies, cultural studies and literary theory.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of research tools and methods in the field of English studies.
  3. Demonstrate reading skills that emphasize careful analytical and critical thought.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to produce literary and non-literary texts with attention to academic conventions regarding format, documentation, style, etc.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand a variety of critical theories and apply these to the study of literature.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to write, with a special emphasis on interpretive and evaluative writing about texts in a variety of critical formats.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to complete a long written project with the application of appropriate critical approaches, the mastery of basic literary research methods and the awareness of rhetorical context and discourse functions.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-ENG]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ENG 24001INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY 3
ENG 25001LITERATURE IN ENGLISH I 13
or ENG 25004 LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES I
ENG 25002LITERATURE IN ENGLISH II 13
or ENG 25005 LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES II
ENG 38001CRITICAL THEORY AND READING 3
ENG 49091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (WIC) 23
English Electives (ENG 20000, 30000 and 40000 levels) 1,36
English Writing Elective, choose from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
WRITING AND RHETORIC IN A DIGITAL AGE
WRITING, RHETORIC AND NEW MEDIA
PRINCIPLES OF TECHNICAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
ARGUMENTATIVE PROSE WRITING
EXPOSITORY PROSE WRITING
WRITING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE (ELR)
FICTION WRITING I
FICTION WRITING II
POETRY WRITING I
POETRY WRITING II
CREATIVE NONFICTION
EDITING AND PUBLISHING: FICTION AND NONFICTION
CRITICAL RHETORICAL STUDIES OF TEXTS IN CONTEXT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN WRITING
SPECIAL TOPICS IN RHETORIC, COMPOSITION AND WRITING
TEACHING POETRY IN THE SCHOOLS (ELR)
Linguistics and Teaching English Elective, choose from the following:3
FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
LINGUISTICS
LEXICOLOGY/LEXICOGRAPHY
CHILD SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
WORLD ENGLISHES (DIVG) (WIC) 2
PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
GRAMMAR FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE
SOCIOLINGUISTICS IN SCHOOLING (DIVD) (WIC) 2
Historical Literature - Early Period Elective, choose from the following:3
U.S. LITERATURE TO 1865
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900
MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
BRITISH LITERATURE, 1500-1660
BRITISH LITERATURE, 1660-1800
SHAKESPEARE
CHAUCER
CLASSICAL RHETORIC
Historical Literature - Modern Period Elective, choose from the following:3
U.S. LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO 1945
U.S. LITERATURE FROM 1945 TO PRESENT
MODERN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
BRITISH LITERATURE, 1800-1900
BRITISH AND IRISH LITERATURE, 1900-PRESENT
Historical Literature - Topics Elective, choose from the following:3
SPECIAL TOPICS:MAJOR AUTHOR STUDIES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERARY HISTORY
Course from Historical Literature - Early Period Elective
Course from Historical Literature - Modern Period Elective
Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory Electives, choose from the following: 16
INTRODUCTION TO LGBT LITERATURE (DIVD)
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVG)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE
AFRICAN LITERATURES (DIVG)
WORLD LITERATURE IN ENGLISH (DIVG)
WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVD)
SHORT STORY
FAIRY TALES
LITERATURE AND OTHER DISCIPLINES
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES (DIVD)
APPLIED LITERARY CRITICISM
SPECIAL TOPICS IN DRAMA
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POETRY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FICTION
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S LITERATURE
SPECIAL TOPICS CULTURAL STUDIES
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 43
College General Reqjuirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 53
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 19
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)21
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Maximum 15 credit hours of lower-division English courses (ENG 10000 or 20000 level) will count toward the major. They may include the following Kent Core courses: ENG 21002, ENG 21003, ENG 21054, ENG 22071, ENG 22072, ENG 22073 (or ENG 21001).

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

The following courses will not fulfill the English Elective: ENG 21011, ENG 41009, ENG 41092, ENG 41192, ENG 41292 and any ENG 10000-level course.

4

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). The course may not be from the student's major.

5

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Foreign Language College Requirement

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

    To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

    1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
    2. Elementary I and II of a second language
    3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    1

    All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

    2

    Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ENG 24001 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
ENG 25001
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH I
or LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES I
3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ENG 25002
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH II
or LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES II
3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
English Writing or Linguistics and Teaching English Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ENG 38001 CRITICAL THEORY AND READING 3
Historical Literature Elective 3
College General Requirements 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
English Writing or Linguistics and Teaching English Elective 3
Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory Elective 3
Historical Literature Elective 3
College General Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
ENG 49091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (WIC) 3
English Electives 6
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory Elective 3
Historical Literature Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120