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The English major attracts students who are skilled, curious, creative, and interested in language and the search for truth. Because the major in English develops writing, speaking, reading, and analytical skills, students are prepared to succeed in a wide variety of professions. Students benefit from a curriculum that is comprehensive and richly diverse, including special topics courses designed and offered by the faculty each year.

For students interested in pre-professional degrees, English majors also have access to two new degree programs, the Fifth-Year M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program and the Fifth-Year M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) program.

The Bachelor of Arts in English requires students to complete at least 30 hours of English courses. In addition to the core English curriculum of 12 semester hours (which includes a capstone), students choose courses in Strategic, Creative, and Critical Communication, and in Critical Reading and Research. 

Students seeking certification as a secondary school teacher follow a similar track, and also must complete a Professional Education sequence. 

Winthrop also offers 18-semester-hour minors in English and Writing, as well as many opportunities for creative writers. Students may also pursue a five-year MBA with undergraduate major in English, or a five-year MAT with undergraduate major in English.

English department faculty members combine a high level of knowledge of their specialty areas with a commitment to excellent teaching. Winthrop students have the opportunity to study with a diverse faculty within the Department. Among the awards won by faculty in the Department are Winthrop's Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award. Several members of the Department hold the title of Distinguished Professor. And English majors frequently present papers at a variety of undergraduate research venues, gaining valuable experience that translates both to the workplace and further graduate study.  


ENGL 291 and one from (ENGL 203 or ENGL 208 or ENGL 211); ENGL 208 is recommended for teacher certification candidates.


ENGL 300 or WRIT 350 or WRIT 502 or WRIT 503

Courses in Strategic, Creative, and Critical Communication (6 hrs) [note that this list may change depending on new course creation or topics courses] 

6 hours from ENGL 507, 530; WRIT 307, 310, 311, 316, 350, 351, 366, 367, 431, 432, 433, 465, 500, 501, 502, 507, 510 (if appropriate), 511 (if appropriate), 516, 530, or 566; and honors iterations of these courses. 

Courses in Critical Reading and Research (9 hrs) [note that this list may change depending on new course creation or topics courses]

9 hours from ENGE 510 (if appropriate), ENGE 519; ENGL 203, 208, 211, 300, 305, 307, 308 (if appropriate), 310 (if appropriate), 312, 317, 319, 320 (if appropriate), 323, 324, 325, 330, 333 (if appropriate), 370, 431, 432, 433 (if these are appropriate), 470, 471. 472, 473, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 510 (if appropriate), 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 520, 521, 525, 527, 528, 529, 550; WRIT 500, 510 (if appropriate), and 511 (if appropriate); and honors iterations of these courses.


Three elective courses in ENGL, ENGE, or WRIT, including at least one numbered above 499.

Culminating Experience:

English Education students will complete a student teaching internship and ENGL 491; all other students will complete ENGL 494.

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