Hone your skills of self-expression and reasoning: You’ll do that here.

An English degree prepares you for a career in publishing, communication, journalism, and advertising fields. Our graduates work in schools, libraries, non-profits, healthcare, and are prepared for Ph.D. programs or law school.

What You’ll Do

As an English major at Southeast, you’ll gain incredible real-world learning experience including many opportunities outside the classroom.

  • Work with award-winning faculty in small class settings.
  • Learn written and oral communication skills, research methods, textual analysis, and understanding of the global community.
  • Focus on literary study, which teaches ethical complexity, interpretative multiplicity, and the importance of empathy in human relationships.
  • Complete soft-skills trainings that are highly valued in any career. 

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of English report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $77k 

    Technical Writer 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a technical writer is $76,860.

  • $60k 

    Librarian 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a librarian is $59,600.

  • $68k

    Human Resources Specialist 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a human resources specialist is $67,760.

What You'll Study

As an English major, you’ll focus on literary study which teaches ethical complexity, interpretative multiplicity, and the importance of empathy in human relations. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

English
(39 Hours - Minor Required)

NOTE: A single course may only count in one category and may not be repeated. Students must take at least one course in American, one in British, and one in world literature at the 300-level or higher.

Required Course:

  • EN 201 Writing About Literature (3)

Surveys (Choose 9 hours):

  • LI 260 English Literature I (3)
  • LI 261 English Literature II (3)
  • LI 270 American Literature I (3)
  • LI 271 American Literature II (3)

World Survey (Choose 3 hours):

  • LI 211 World Literature I (3)
  • LI 212 World Literature II (3)

Traditions and Foundations (Choose 6 hours):

  • LI 341 Victorian Studies (3)
  • LI 432 Shakespeare’s Comedies & Histories (3)
  • LI 433 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (3)
  • LI 523 Studies in American Literature (3)
  • LI 560 Chaucer (3)
  • LI 568 Masculinities in the 19th Century American Novel (3)
  • LI 577 Studies in Early English Literature (3)

Modern and Contemporary (Choose 6 hours):

  • LI 421 Cross-Cultural American Voices (3)
  • LI 476 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature (3)
  • LI 565 Southern Literature (3)
  • LI 570 20th Century American Literature (3)
  • LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry (3)
  • LI 576 Am Fiction/21st Century (3)
  • LI 578 Studies in Late British and Post-colonial Literature (3)

Multicultural (Choose 3 hours):

  • FL 311 Survey of FR, GN, and SN Literature (3)
  • LI 309 Studies in World Literature (3)
  • LI 332 Images of Women in Literature (3)
  • LI 421 Cross-Cultural American Voices (3)
  • LI 578 Studies in Late British and Post-colonial Literature (3)

Author Studies (Choose 3 hours):

  • LI 425 Focus on the Author (3)
  • LI 431 Faulkner Seminar (3)
  • LI 432 Shakespeare’s Comedies & Histories (3)
  • LI 433 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (3)
  • LI 560 Chaucer (3)

Elective – Choose 6 hours:

  • EN xxx EN prefix course not counting in a category above
  • LI xxx LI prefix course not counting in a category above

Additional Requirements:

  • xx xxx 6 Hours in One or Two Foreign Languages

(A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BA in English.) 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (13 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • EN140 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)  

  • EN201 (3)
  • LI260 or LI270 (3)
  • Foreign Language 1 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • LI261 or LI271 (3) 
  • Foreign Language 2 (3) 
  • Literature course (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • Surveys Core 3 (3) 
  • World Survey course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • Surveys Core 4 (3) 
  • Literature course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)     

  • Literature course (3) 
  • Literature course (3) 
  • Literature course (3) 
  • Minor Course/Elective (3)
  • Minor Course/Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • Literature Course (3)
  • Major Elective (3)
  • Major Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

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