BA in English

The Literature program offers students a solid grounding in literary genres, periods, and critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures. Students are exposed to a wide range of canonical and non-canonical texts, and they learn to read closely and critically, and to write clearly and effectively. During their time at San Jose State, students will have an opportunity to develop and carry out research projects, and they will learn to locate, evaluate, and organize information effectively. Graduates of our program excel in close reading, critical thinking, and clear writing—all of which are crucial, marketable skills in today’s job markets.

Below are the core requirements for achieving a BA in English. To see descriptions of these courses, check the catalog for this concentration. See the 4-Year Roadmap for a sample advising map to complete the degree program in four years. 

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

Requirements and Forms

For a current list of department forms, please go to Advising Forms

For students matriculating AFTER Fall 2017:

For students matriculating PRIOR to Fall 2017:


For non-major advising (less than 60 units earned):

  • general education advising 
  • course schedule planning
  • resources for academic success
  • pre-graduation general education reviews

Contact the College of Humanities and the Arts (H&A) Student Success Center in Clark Hall 244, or call (408) 924-5095 for an appointment. 

For major advising (60+ units earned): 

  • assistance with major form
  • application for graduation
  • assistance with substitution forms 
  • graduation worksheet and hold letter reviews

Make an advising appointment 

Explanations and Limitations

One course equals 3 or 4 units. English majors who complete the Humanities Honors Program will be credited for ENGL 125 (European Literature: Homer to Dante).