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Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English are expected to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to understand the history of the English language, develop a proficiency in analyzing literary texts, and acquire a knowledge of several genres, periods, and major writers.

English majors are required to take 36 credits in English culminating in the capstone course, ENG430 Seminar in English.

By recommendation of a faculty member, students may elect to take a practicum in English.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the English Guided Pathway here.

English Program Requirements

CourseCreditsDescription
ENG210 British Literature3 This course is a survey of the major authors, genres and themes of British literature from its beginnings (Anglo-Saxon Period) to the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: ENG102.
ENG211 American Literature3 This course is a survey of the major authors, genres and themes of American literature from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: ENG102.
ENG212 World Literature3This course is a survey of major literary works from the Ancient World to the twenty-first century. Several genres will be studied with a view to global understanding of cultures that ultimately affect our own culture. Prerequisite: ENG102.
ENG302 Shakespeare3 This course emphasizes Shakespeare as a dramatist. At least five representative histories, tragedies and comedies are read and analyzed with a view to understanding and appreciation. Prerequisite: ENG102.
ENG340 Writing and Grammar3 In this advanced writing course, students will develop their skills as critical and effective writers, explore the range of rhetorical devices, follow a writing process, reflect on their own practice, and focus on revision and editing strategies. They will read and respond critically to other writers. The study of grammar, language and word study as it relates to expository writing will be emphasized. This course is recommended for all students in undergraduate secondary licensure programs. Prerequisite: ENG102.
ENG430 Seminar in English*3 A capstone course for English majors designed to provide a knowledge of the history of literary criticism and research methods appropriate to the creation of an extensive research paper of literary criticism written in the MLA format. Successful presentation of the paper will also be required. Students in a popular culture concentration must choose a research paper topic appropriate to that concentration, subject to approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Distributive Requirements


English Electives18 Six English electives, four of which must be at 300 or 400 level.

General Education Core


General Education Core40English majors must complete the General Education Core.

General Electives


General Electives44 English majors must complete 44 credits of general electives.
Total 120