Courses in English improve the reading, writing, and analytical skills of students, offer insight into the structure of the English language, explore film as an art form and develop an appreciation for great literature.



A English major is excellent preparation for the graduate study of literature and communication, for medical school, law school, and secondary education. It opens the way to many positions in government and private industry, including editing, technical writing, advertising, public relations, communication, sales, marketing, personnel management, systems engineering and programming. A student majoring in English must complete the following requirements:

  • Minimum of eleven (11) courses numbered above 199.
    • At least five (5) of these courses must be on the 300 and 400 level, totaling 33 semester hours; however, because of the wide diversity of offerings and the expectation that English majors should improve their intellectual background and flexibility, students are encouraged to broaden their experience with additional courses.
  • To provide a firm foundation for more advanced study, majors must take, preferably early in the program, all three (3)  of the following broad-range survey courses:
    • ENGL 202   The American Literary Experience
    • ENGL 204   The British Literary Experience I
    • ENGL 206   The British Literary Experience II
  • To acquire range and balance, majors must also take one course in the English language, either ENGL 400 or 402, and are encouraged to take a varied selection from other English courses, including period surveys, literary genres, film, major figures, and writing courses.
  • The English major is offered as a BA degree; that is, English majors (including those students entering JU with the AA degree) must satisfy the University foreign language requirement by completing a foreign language through the 202 level.
  • In addition to the hours required for the major, completing one (1) course in speech (COMM 201 or 202) will satisfy the University speech requirement.
  • The writing requirement must be met by two (2) English courses labeled WI (writing intensive), one of which must be ENGL 302 or ENGL 304. 
  • Course ENGL 103 is a prerequisite for all English courses numbered above 199. Course ENGL 203 can count as elective credit within the major.
  • AP Credits: Students who earn a 3 on either the AP Language and Composition or the AP Literature and Language exams are placed into ENGL 103 Honors.  Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam will earn credit for ENGL 103 and be placed into ENGL 203 Honors.  Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Literature and Language exam are awarded 3 hours of English elective credit and are placed into ENGL 103 Honors.  No student may exempt ENGL 203.
  • Students planning to teach in the public schools must take the following courses:
    • ENGL 203  World Literature
    • ENGL 304  Writing: Argumentation 
    • ENGL 400  Linguistics 
        or ENGL 402G Development & Grammar of the English Language 
    • ENGL 432  Literature & Composition 



A student who minors in English must take 15 credit hours in courses numbered above 199.

A writing minor of 15 credit hours is offered for students who seek a career in creative writing or communication, or who are pursuing professional goals that require the ability to analyze what they read and to communicate clearly and effectively.

Writing minors are required to take the following courses: ENGL 302 and ENGL 304. Additionally, at least three (3) courses from the following: 

Code Course  Credit
COMM 207  Newswriting  3
COMM 307  Feature Writing  3
ENGL 306   Creative Writing  3
ENGL 400  Linguistics   3
ENGL 402   Development & Grammar of the English Language  3
ENGL 406  Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Drama (advanced)  3



Students who plan to teach English on the secondary level should complete the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.​