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Bachelor of Arts in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English is designed for those students who wish to combine their love of reading with a close study of the elements of literary analysis. The English degree prepares students for advanced study in literature and/or careers where writing plays a central role.

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


Oral Communication See approved list; may be met in major or other gen ed requirement
Technology See approved list; may be met in major or other gen ed requirement 0-3
Intensive Writing May be met in the major 0-3
Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list; could be met in major


Historical Perspectives See approved list; could be met in major


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*


Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators


Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators; could be partially met in major


Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 9-12
    Quantitative Skills See approved list (3-8)
Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in two
different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth


Subtotal   32-53
*No more than two courses in the major may count toward requirements in these areas
Requirements in Major  


ENGL 203, 208, or 211 Major British Authors, Foundations of World Lit, Major American Authors


ENGL 291 Introduction to the English Major


ENGL 300, WRIT 300, 350, 502, or 503

Approaches to Literature, Rhetorical Theory, Intro to Comp Theory & Pedagogy, Digital English Studies, Creative Writing Theory


   Strategic, Creative and Critical Communication:    
6 hours from the following:  


    ENGL 507 Hist & Devel of Modern Engl  
    ENGL 530 Grammar in Theory and Practice  
    WRIT 300 Rhetorical Theory  
    WRIT 307 Fiction Writing  
    WRIT 311 Topics in Writing and Rhetoric  
    WRIT 316 Poetry Writing  
    WRIT 350 Introduction to Composition Theory and Pedagogy  
    WRIT  351 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing Workshop  
    WRIT 366 Technical Communication    
    WRIT 367      Editing for Professionals  
    WRIT 431, 432, 433 Academic Internship in Writing 1, 2, or 3 credits  
    WRIT 465 Preparation of Oral and Written Reports  
    WRIT 500 The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writers  
    WRIT 501 Writing for New Media  
    WRIT 502 Digital English Studies: Literature, Rhetoric, and Technology  
    WRIT 507 Short Story Writing  
    WRIT 510 (if appropriate) Topics in Writing and Rhetoric  
    WRIT 511 (if appropriate) Topics in Writing and Critical Communication  
    WRIT 516 Poetry Writing II  
    WRIT 530 Script Writing  
    WRIT 566 Writing for Sciences and Technology  
    Critical Readings and Research
    9 hours from the following:    9
    ENGE 510 (if appropriate) Topics in English Education  
    ENGE 519 Adolescent Literature  
    ENGL 203 Major British Authors  
    ENGL 208 Foundations of World Lit  
    ENGL 211 Survey of American Lit  
    ENGL 300 Approaches to Literature  
    ENGL 305 Shakespeare  
    ENGL 307 The Authurian Tradition  
    ENGL 308 (if appropriate) World Literature After 1700  
    ENGL 310 (if appropriate) Special Types of Literature  
    ENGL 312 African American Literature  
    ENGL 317 The Short Story  
    ENGL 319 The British Novel  
    ENGL 320 (if appropriate) Recurrent Themes in Literature  
    ENGL 323 The Nineteenth-Century American Novel  
    ENGL 324 The Twentieth-Century American Novel  
    ENGL 325 Dramatic Literature  
    ENGL 330 Women and Literature  
    ENGL 333 (if appropriate) Global Narratives  
    ENGL 370 Literature and Film  
    ENGL 431, 432, 433 Academic Internship 1, 2, or 3 credits  
    ENGL 471, 472, 473 Undergraduate Research 1, 2, or 3 credits  
    ENGL 501 Modern British Poetry  
    ENGL 502 Studies in Non-Western Literature  
    ENGL 503 Major Victorian Writers  
    ENGL 504 Modern American Poetry  
    ENGL 505 American Romaticism  
    ENGL 510 (if appropriate) Topics in Literature and Language  
    ENGL 511 Chaucer  
    ENGL 512 Middle English Literature (excluding Chaucer)  
    ENGL 513 Milton  
    ENGL 514 Elizabethan Literature  
    ENGL 515 20th-Century Southern Literature  
    ENGL 520 17th-Century English Literature (exclusive of Milton)  
    ENGL 521 Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature  
    ENGL 525 Studies in Irish Literature  
    ENGL 527 English Romantic Poetry and Prose  
    ENGL 528 The African-American Novel  
    ENGL 529 20th-Century American Fiction and Drama  
    ENGL 550 Topics in Critical Reading  
    WRIT 300 Rhetorical Theory  
    WRIT 500 The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writers  
    WRIT 510 Topics in Writing and Rhetoric  
    WRIT 511 (if appropriate) Topics in Writing and Critical Communication  
   ENGL 494 Seminar in English 3
   Electives in ENGL, ENGE, or WRIT   9
Foreign Language Requirement  

3-8 ^



General Electives  




 ^This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. 

The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of ENGE,  ENGL, and WRIT courses in residence at Winthrop University.

Students seeking admission to the MAT-5 program with Secondary Certification must include the following classes in their majors:  ENGE 519, WRIT 350, ENGL 203, 208, 211, 507, and 530.  All must be passed with a grade of C or better and may not be taken S/U.  Students must also complete the requirements of the minor in Educational Studies.

Transfer students bringing in more than 12 hours of ENGL and WRIT credit may be exempted from ENGL 291 by permission of the department chair; they will replace those 3 hours with 3 hours of electives in ENGL, WRIT, or ENGE.

Not more than 36 hours in any one subject designator may be applied toward the major for a BA degree.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

Accelerated BA-MA Program

This option is intended for well-qualified students in the Winthrop BA in English program who will complete up to 9 hours of the work for the MA in English degree program while enrolled in the undergraduate degree program.  This option requires completion of 30 hours of approved graduate-level courses. At least half of the work presented for the graduate degree must be 600-level courses.

Find out more on the Department of English website.

Last Updated: 6/18/20