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Undergraduate Majors & Minors

Welcome to the home page for the undergraduate programs in the English Department at Baylor University!

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We currently offer three majors:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Professional Writing

We also offer three minors:

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature
  • Linguistics

Note: Students may major in English and minor in Linguistics or Creative Writing. Students may major in Professional Writing and minor in Linguistics but not in English or Creative Writing. Students may major in Linguistics and minor in English or Creative Writing. Only three semester hours of the major and minor may overlap. Students may pursue only one major within the Department of English but may double major with an area outside the department.

Requirements for a Major in English Language and Literature

Thirty-six semester hours including the following:

A. ENG 2301.

B. Three semester hours from: ENG 2304 or 2306.

C. Twelve semester hours from: ENG 3311, 3331, 3351, 3380, 3390. English majors should take the required junior level surveys before taking 4000-level classes.

D. Twelve semester hours of “4000” level Literature courses from:

1. Three semester hours of “4000” level Early English literature selected from: ENG 4310, 4313, 4314, 4316, 4320, 4322, 4324, 4330, 4332.

2. Three semester hours of “4000” level Late British literature selected from: ENG 4340, 4342, 4344, 4347, 4354, 4360, 4362, 4364, 4368, 4369, 4371, 4372.

3. Three semester hours of “4000” level American literature selected from: ENG 4380, 4381, 4387, 4390, 4391, 4393, 4394.

4. Three semester hours of additional “4000” level literature elective.

E. Six semester hours of additional “3000” – “4000” level English electives (may include specialized topics, linguistics, writing, and literature courses).

Requirements for a Minor in English

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

A. ENG 2301.

B. Three semester hours from ENG 2304 or 2306.

C. Six semester hours of “3000” or “4000” level Literature courses, one of which must be British and one of which must be American.

D. Six semester hours of “3000” or “4000” level English electives (may include specialized topics, linguistics, writing, and literature courses).

Notes: Students majoring in Professional Writing may not minor in English. If a student takes ENG 3300 rather than 1304 to fulfill the general education requirements, the course will not count toward either the B.A. in English major or the English minor.

Requirements for a Minor in Creative Writing

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

A. Complete one option:

1. Option One: Creative Writing, Poetry

a. ENG 3304

b. Six semester hours of ENG 4305 (take course twice)

c. Three semester hours from: ENG 4371, 4391, or 4385

d. Six semester hours of “3000” - “4000” level English courses

2. Option Two: Creative Writing, Fiction

a. ENG 3306

b. Six semester hours of ENG 4301 (take course twice)

c. Three semester hours from ENG 3374, 4369, 4378, or 4387

d. Six semester hours of “3000” - “4000” level English courses

Requirements for a Major in Linguistics

Twenty-seven semester hours including the following:

A. ENG 3310, 4303, 4312, and 4315.

B. Nine semester hours from one of the following options:

1. Option I: History of English (nine semester hours)

a. ENG 4302 and 4304

b. Either ENG 4313 or 4314.

2. Option II: Language Acquisition and Teaching (nine semester hours) Three of the following courses, of which only one can be SPA 4315 or EDC 4312: ENG 4306, ENG 4308, CSD 2318, (SPA 4315 or EDC 4312).

3. Option III: Language, Culture, and Communication (nine semester hours)

a. ENG 4306

b. Two courses from the following: CSS 3311, CSS 4354, ANT 4310, ANT 4312

c. Six additional semester hours selected from any of the above areas and/or from among the following courses: ENG 4317, ENG 4V17, PHI 3345, PHI 4353, PSY 3311.

Required courses in other fields:
Familiarity with the linguistic systems and structure of at least two foreign languages must be demonstrated, one of which must not be Western European. Complete both of the following requirements:

A. One or more non-western languages (GKC, RUS, CHI, HEB, IND, JPN, KOR, THAI, SWA, ARB, ARBB) – Complete one option from the following: 1. Complete one non-western language through 2320, or 2. Complete two non-western languages through 1302/1402 in each.

B. An additional language through 2320 selected from: FRE, GER, ITA, POR, SPA, GKC, LAT, RUS, CHI, HEB, IND, JPN, KOR, THAI, SWA, ARB, ARBB.

Note: Courses must be limited to courses that apply toward the language requirement or the major in that language; non-translation courses will not apply here.

Requirements for a Minor in Linguistics

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

A. ENG 3310, 4303, 4306, 4312, 4315.

B. One course selected from the following: ENG 4304, 4308, or 4317.

Requirements for a Major in Professional Writing

Thirty-six semester hours, including the following:

A. ENG 2301.

B. Three semester hours from: ENG 2304 or 2306.

C. Thirty semester hours of “3000” or “4000” level courses will be distributed among language, writing courses, and literature as indicated below:

1. Language (three semester hours) ENG 3302.

2. Writing (fi fteen semester hours)

a. ENG 3300 and 4318.

b. ENG 4377.

c. Two courses selected from ENG 3303, 3307, 3309, 4309, 4311, and 4375.

3. Literature (nine hours) Nine semester hours of “3000” or “4000” level Literature courses.

4. Three semester hours of additional “3000” or “4000” level English course (may include specialized topics, linguistics, writing, and literature courses).