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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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English Major, B.A. (Nonteaching Major)

Department Information

Department of Literature & Language
PO Box 70683
Phone: (423) 439-4347
Fax: (423) 439-7193
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/

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.

The English major consists of 36 credits 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 the minor. English majors must meet requirements for the B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Nonteaching major, who does not seek teacher certification, must complete at least 36 hours, as specified.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Joshua Reid
108 Burleson Hall
(423) 439-6681

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in English should contact Dr. Reid for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 36 credits
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 18-25 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: ENGL-BA (Nonteaching)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 based on a placement test or equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

General Education Requirements    

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

English Major Requirements: 36 credits

3000-Level Courses

Choose one (1) genre-study course:

4000-Level Courses

Choose one (1) author course:

Choose one (1) additional 4000-Level Course

English Electives

  • Twelve (12) credits of any courses of ENGL, FILM, or TECW rubric at the 3000 or 4000 levels. 

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 18-25 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.