The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English prepares students for a wide range of opportunities by sharpening critical reading, writing and thinking skills necessary for the demands of an ever-changing work force.


Students can follow several different tracks in the English program, depending on their career plans and personal preferences. These tracks include course work geared toward preparation for teaching, journalism, creative writing, law, public relations work as well as graduate or other advanced studies in English or related fields. Advisors assist students in determining the appropriate curriculum based on individual plans.

Students have the opportunity to work on college publications, such as The Eagle’s Eye, the student newspaper; and The Sierra Nevada Review , a literary magazine with a national distribution and recipient of NEA and Nevada Arts Council awards. Internships are also available for interested students in local media, schools and businesses as well as on campus in the English lab.

Extracurricular activities for English students include poetry slams, literary readings, attendance at the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, participation in student writing groups, journalism field trips, and more. The English program has hosted renowned writers including Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Denise Duhamel, Lola Haskins, and Ellen Hopkins.

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B.A. in English Program Requirements


ENGL 250 or THEA 220 Intro to Shakespeare or Beginning Acting 3
ENGL 295 Intro to Literary Criticism 3
PHIL 101 or HUMN 210 Introduction to Philosophy or World Religions 3
PSYC, HIST or HUMN One Elective 3
Total Humanities Credits 12


ENGL 304, 305, 340, 345, 387, 388, 405, 440, or 445 Advanced Writing – Choose three 9
ENGL 326 or 327 Early or Contemporary American Literature 3
ENGL 328 British Literature through the 18th Century 3
ENGL 329 British Lit from 18th Century to the Present 3
ENGL 330 Multicultural Literature 3
ENGL 350 or 351 Shakespeare’s Tragedies or Comedies 3
ENGL 371 or 373 Advanced Literature Analysis; King Arthur or other literature analysis course 3
ENGL 381 Language, Thought, and Culture 3
ENGL Upper Division English Elective 3
ENGL 490 Literature Capstone 3
HUMN 493 Senior Project 3
Total English Credits 39

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2015-2016 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.