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Attribute Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.


Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1 1  
MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (42 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  ENG 24001 Introduction to Literary Study 3  
Literature in English I 2   or
Literature in the United States I 2
Literature in English II 2   or
Literature in the United States II 2
  ENG 38001 Critical Theory and Reading 3  
WIC/ELR ENG 49091 Senior Seminar 3 C 3
  English Electives 2,4 6  
  English Writing and Language Studies: Choose one course from each of the following categories:
(No more than one lower-division course will count toward the major.)
  Category A: Writing    
  ENG 20002 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)    
  ENG 20021 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)    
  ENG 30050 Writing and Rhetoric in a Digital Age (3)    
  ENG 30051 Writing, Rhetoric and New Media (3)    
  ENG 30062 Principles of Technical Writing (3)    
  ENG 30063 Professional Writing (3)    
  ENG 30064 Argumentative Prose Writing (3)    
  ENG 30065 Expository Prose Writing (3)    
ELR ENG 30066 Writing in the Public Sphere (3)    
  ENG 30067 Fiction Writing I (3)    
  ENG 30068 Fiction Writing  II (3)    
  ENG 30069 Poetry Writing I (3)    
  ENG 30070 Poetry Writing II (3)    
  ENG 30071 Creative Nonfiction (3)    
  ENG 30072 Editing and Publishing: Fiction and Nonfiction (3)    
  ENG 37101 Critical Rhetorical Studies of Texts in Context (3)    
  ENG 38895 Special Topics in Writing (3)    
  ENG 39895 Special Topics in Rhetoric, Composition and Writing (3)    
ELR ENG 43092 Teaching Poetry in the Schools (3)    
  Category B: Linguistics and TESL    
  ENG 31001 Fundamental English Grammar (3)    
  ENG 31002 History of the English Language (3)    
  ENG 31003 Linguistics (3)    
  ENG 31004 Lexicology/Lexicography (3)    
  ENG 31005 Child Second Language Acquisition (3)    
  ENG 31006 World Englishes (3)    
  ENG 31007 TESL Pedagogy (3)    
  ENG 31008 Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language/
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (3)
  ENG 41001 Sociolinguistics in Schooling (3)    
  Choose from the following: Historical Literature (Choose one course from category C and one course from category D; choose a third course from category C, D or E.) 9  
  Category C: Early Period    
  ENG 33001 U.S. Literature to 1865 (3)    
  ENG 33010 African-American Literature to 1900 (3)    
  ENG 34001 Medieval Literature (3)    
  ENG 34002 British Literature, 1500-1660 (3)    
  ENG 34003 British Literature, 1660-1800 (3)    
  ENG 34055 Shakespeare (3)    
  ENG 34065 Chaucer (3)    
  ENG 37001 Classical Rhetoric (3)    
  Category D: Modern Period    
  ENG 33002 U.S. Literature from 1865 to 1945 (3)    
  ENG 33003 U.S. Literature from 1945 to Present (3)    
  ENG 33012 Modern African-American Literature (3)    
  ENG 34004 British Literature, 1800-1900 (3)    
  ENG 34005 British and Irish Literature,1900-Present (3)    
  Category E: Topics    
  ENG 34095 Special Topics: Major Author Studies (3)    
  ENG 39095 Special Topics in Literary History (3)    
  Choose from the following: Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory 2 6  
DD ENG 21003 Introduction to LGBT Literature (3)    
  ENG 32001 Children's Literature (3)    
  ENG 32002 Literature for Young Adults (3)    
  ENG 33013 Pan-African Women's Literature(3)    
  ENG 33014 African-American Women's Literature(3)    
  ENG 33015 African Literatures (3)    
DG ENG 34011 World Literature in English (3)    
DD ENG 34021 Women's Literature (3)    
  ENG 34031 Short Story (3)    
  ENG 34041 Fairy Tales (3)    
  ENG 35101 Literature and Other Disciplines (3)    
  ENG 35201 The Bible as Literature (3)    
DD  ENG 35301 LGBT: Critical Perspectives (3)    
  ENG 36001 Applied Literary Criticism (3)    
  ENG 39195 Special Topics in Drama (3)    
  ENG 39295 Special Topics in Poetry (3)    
  ENG 39395 Special Topics in Fiction (3)    
  ENG 39695 Special Topics in Ethnic Literature of the United States (3)    
  ENG 39795 Special Topics in Women's Literature (3)    
  ENG 39995 Special Topics in Cultural Studies (3)    
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  Foreign Language 5 14-20  
  Kent Core Composition 6  
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5  
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9  
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6  
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7  
  Kent Core Additional 6  
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 6 3  
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 7 3  
  General Electives
Number of general elective credit hours required depends on meeting minimum 120 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division hours.
  1. UC 10097 is not required of transfer students with 25 credits (excluding College Credit Plus) or students age 21+ at time of admission.
  2. Only 15 credit hours of lower-division English courses will count toward the major. May include Kent Core courses: ENG 21054, ENG 22071, ENG 22072, ENG 22073 or ENG 21001, ENG 21002, ENG 21003.
  3.  Minimum C (2.000) grade in ENG 49091 Senior Seminar required to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement.
  4. Any 20000-, 30000- or 40000-level English courses, excluding ENG 21011, ENG 41009, ENG 41092, ENG 41192 and ENG 41292. No 10000-level English courses may be used to meet program requirements.
  5. Fulfills College General Requirement.
  6. One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.
  7. One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.


Foreign Language note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the English major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.