English Major Program Information
Department of Literature & Language
PO Box 70683
Johnson City, TN 37614
423-439-4339 | Fax 423-439-7193
email: Literature & Language
Dr. Martha Michieka
213 Burleson Hall
If you have a love of literature, a desire to become a better writer, and a need to develop stronger critical thinking skills, the English major is for you. The Bachelor of Arts in English offers a general grounding in both American and British literature, in addition to a selection of courses focusing on world literatures, drama, women’s literature, technical writing, creative writing, linguistics, film studies, and environmental studies.
Major-The English major consists of 36 credit hours above the freshman level. All English majors are expected to complete a minor in another area of study with no overlapping between the major and an interdisciplinary minor. English majors must meet requirements for the B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Nonteaching Majors-The major who does not seek teacher certification must complete at least 36 hours, as specified below:
Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:
Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website (http://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/) or call (423) 439-5602.
Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:
Contact Dr. Martha Michieka [firstname.lastname@example.org; (423) 439-5997] for a referral to a faculty advisor.
Transfer students majoring in English should contact Dr. Michieka for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.
For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Katherine Weiss, Chair [email@example.com; (423) 439-4347].
General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours
Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
Humanities and Fine Arts
9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.
B.A. Foreign Language Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least one foreign language course with a number of 2020 or higher with a grade of at least C-. Students may need prerequisites that could include courses numbered 1010, 1020, and/or 2010 to prepare for success in 2020.
Graduation in this major/concentration requires a minimum of 120 credits, including General Education requirements, CSCI 1100 , college degree requirements, major requirements, and minor requirements.
Passing the CSCI 1100 proficiency test produces no credit, but satisfies the graduation requirement (see http://www.etsu.edu/cbat/computing/uit/). If the total credits from these areas are less than 120 credits, students may use free electives to complete the requirement.
Click here to view the English Major, Non-Teaching, Suggested Course Sequence .
English majors should consult with the English Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Martha Michieka (firstname.lastname@example.org) and their advisors to assure that their coursework fulfills departmental curricula.
- Credit from the 3000 or higher level must include a genre course and either a language course or literary criticism.
- Credit from the 4000 level must include at least 3 hours from ENGL 4700 (Chaucer), ENGL 4690 (Milton), or ENGL 4200 (Shakespeare).
- Students may elect to complete a 12-hour Writing Emphasis or Language Emphasis in place of 12-hour general elective requirements in English