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The English Major


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The English major at Southern Connecticut State is one of the largest on campus. We offer a wide range of courses in British, American, and cross-cultural literature, African-American literature, critical theory, English education, creative writing, and professional writing.

Undergraduate majors take a total of 36 credits in English, including a set of core of courses for all majors and 12 credits of electives according to one of three areas of specialization: Literature, Creative Writing, or Professional Writing. Secondary Education majors, pursuing certification to teach middle or high school English, have additional requirements. See an overview of the  major below, or print a copy of the “Map of the English Major” (.pdf) using the yellow tab above. 


Overview of the English Major


All English majors (for BA and BS degrees) take the following core courses:

  • 307 Literary Analysis for English Majors
  • 308 English Studies: Critical Theories
  • 309 Rhetorical Strategies in Writing and Communication
  • 321 British Lit through History I
  • 322 British Lit through History II
  • 323 American Lit through History
  • Ancient or English Medieval Literature
  • Shakespeare

Bachelor of Arts (BA) English majors also take:

  • One course in multicultural literature (not including ENG 317)
  • Four additional courses in one of the following specializations:


  • 1 course (300- or 400-level) in literature before 1800
  • 1 course (300- or 400-level) in literature after 1800
  • 2 elective courses of your choice (300- or 400-level) in literature (ENG and/or LIT) 

Creative Writing

  • 4 additional courses in the writing of fiction and/or poetry (not including ENG 201)

Professional Writing

  • 4 additional courses in professional writing and/or journalism (JRN)

Bachelor of Science (BS—Secondary Education) English majors also take:

  • 312 English Grammar Systems
  • 317 Cross-Cultural Literatures & Contexts
  • 415 History of the English Language
  • 492 Teaching Lit to Adolescents
  • 493 English (Secondary School)
  • 494 Student Teaching – English
  • 496 Student Teaching Seminar
  • Courses, outside the English Department,  in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Reading, and Special Education 

For more information about the BS in English Secondary Education, see the Handbook for the BS in English with Teaching Certification.