Bachelor of Arts in English


Below are the core requirements for achieving a BA in English. To see descriptions of these courses, check the general course descriptions. Faculty usually provide a more extensive description of the courses when they are offered.

Check with the Major Advisors at least once each semester to track your progress.

 

Important Form(s)

Bachelor of Arts Worksheet: English (PDF)

 


 

Course Requirements

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General Education Requirements 48 units
  Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.  

American Institutions (6 units)
  Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.  

Physical Education 2 units

Requirements in the Major 27 units
  ENGL 56A
ENGL 56B
ENGL 68A
ENGL 68B
ENGL 100W
English Literature to Late 18th Century
English Literature, Romantic Era to the Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Writing Workshop for Majors
15 units
  Select one:
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
ENGL 103
ENGL 105
ENGL 140A

Introduction to Literary Criticism
History of the English Language
Modern English
Seminar in Advanced Composition
Old English
3 units
  Select one:
ENGL 122
ENGL 123A
ENGL 123B
ENGL 123C
ENGL 123D
ENGL 125
ENGL 126
ENGL 141

Topics in Comparative World Literature
Literature for Global Understanding, the Americas
Literature for Global Understanding, Africa
Literature for Global Understanding, Oceania
Literature for Global Understanding, Asia
European Literature: Homer to Dante
Holocaust Literature
Medieval English Literature
3 units
  Select one:
ENGL 144
ENGL 145

Shakespeare I
Shakespeare & Performance
3 units
  ENGL 193 Capstone Seminar in Literature & Self-Reflection 3 units

Elective Requirements in the Major 21 units
  Take any 21 English Major units, 18 of which must be upper division.  

Foreign Language Requirement 0-10 units
  Completion of 1B course at SJSU or equivalent transfer satisfies the language requirement, as do courses above 1B in any language.  

Electives or Minor 12-22 units

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 120 units


Explanations and Limitations

One course equals 3 units. English majors who complete the Humanities Honors Program will be credited for ENGL 125 (European Literature: Homer to Dante).

Details and advising information on the above requirements are available in the English Department Office (FOB 102, 408-924-4425).

Teaching Credential Candidates English majors working toward the single-subject credential in English should take English 103 (Modern English) to meet the Language and Linguistics requirements and English 169 (Ethnicity in American Literature) to meet three units of the upper-division American Literature requirement. Consult a major advisor for additional requirements.