Degree Programs

English Major: The Department of English offers a major in English for those students not seeking teaching certification. This is for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Requirements for this major: 

The major requires 39 hours of English courses, which must include the following:

Survey Courses (12 hours): EH 201, 202, 203, 204

Foundation Course (3 hours): 403 or 404

English Literature Courses (9 hours at 300/400 level): 3 hours of American literature and 6 hours of non-American literature

English Language Courses (6 hours): two of the following: 307, 321, 344, 415, 441

English Electives (9 hours): three courses chosen from any 300+ level course offered except 345, 348, and 360.

Minor in English: Minor in English: A minimum of 24 hours, which must include EH 101 or 103, 102 or 104, 141, 203, 204; one of the following: EH 201, 202, 219 or 220; and 6 hours of 300+ level electives. This minor is not available for students majoring in English. A minimum of 6 of the 24 hours must be taken at the 300/400 level at JSU. Electives may be chosen from any 300+ English courses offered except EH 345, 348 and 360.

Minor in Business and Technical Writing: A minimum of 24 hours that must included EH 101 or 103, 102 or 104, 141, 201, 202, 322, 344, and 415. This minor is not for students seeking teacher certification, or majoring in English.

Minor in Creative Writing: Minor in Creative Writing: A minimum of 24 hours that must include EH 101 or 103, 102 or 104, 141, 201, 202, 344351 or 352, and 415. This minor is not for students seeking teacher certification, or majoring in English.

Education and English: The English Department offers courses for students seeking teacher certification.

Refer to the Checklist for the English Language Arts Degree:

For additional information about these programs, consult the general information under the School of Education entries in the Undergraduate Bulletin, or seek help in the School of Education Advisement Office (207 Ramona Wood).

Even if you do not major or minor, keep in mind that any experience in English beyond the basics improves your degree!

You may choose English courses beyond those in the core curriculum. You can select additional courses in literature, oral communication, language, or writing from among those regularly offered by the English Department.

Literature Beyond the Basics

  • Southern Literature
  • American Drama
  • Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Survey of Black Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Women's Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • The Bible as Literature
  • The American Novel

AND 10 other choices

Oral Communication Beyond the Basics

  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Speech for the Classroom Teacher
  • Interpersonal Communication

Language Study Beyond the Basics

  • Vocabulary Building
  • Composition and Speech
  • Advanced Grammar and Linguistics
  • The History of the English Language

Writing Beyond the Basics

  • Technical Writing
  • Advanced Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • The Teaching of Composition
  • Advanced Expository Writing
  • Advanced Creative Writing

English or Language Arts Certification

If you earn teacher certification in English or the language arts teaching field, you will take several English courses as part of your preparation to teach.