2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

English, BA


Program Description

The English major provides a balanced program of introductory and advanced work in British, American and Anglophone postcolonial literature, English language and linguistics, and writing. The program offers students the chance to engage in a major humanistic discipline, the study of literature, which is challenging and enriching in itself. The English major also provides sound professional training for those interested in middle school, high school or college teaching; the teaching of English as a second language; business or technical writing; or graduate work; and the program is an excellent background for students entering professional schools or planning business careers.

The concentration in English with an emphasis on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides a combination of advanced work in applied linguistics with training in current methods of language teaching.

English Honors Program:

The honors program in English is designed to encourage and recognize superior academic accomplishments by English undergraduates. With the approval of the chair of the English department and the departmental honors advisor, students who meet the eligibility standards may enter the English honors program before the beginning of their senior year. Students may be admitted to the program on the recommendation of any member of the English department faculty, or students may petition to enter the program. Under the direction of a faculty tutor, students in the honors program will complete an honors project that culminates in their writing an honors thesis or project report. For further information on eligibility and enrollment, students should consult the departmental honors advisor.

Admissions Requirements

  • Currently admitted to Wright State University

Program Learning Objectives

Students enrolled in the English program will learn to:

  • Be skilled and adaptable writers in a variety of genres who can develop a thesis, sustain a coherent argument, use secondary sources, and employ appropriate disciplinary terminology.
  • Be critical readers of a wide range of texts who can interpret contemporary and non-contemporary readings, and understand context, nuance, and appropriate disciplinary terminology.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of their learning experience, graduates of the English program can:

  • Write effectively in a variety of genres.
  • Develop a thesis, sustain a coherent argument, use secondary sources, and employ the appropriate disciplinary terminology.
  • Read critically across a wide range of texts.
  • Interpret contemporary and non-contemporary readings.
  • Understand context, nuance, and the appropriate disciplinary terminology.

Program Links:

Wright State Core: 38 hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4 - Arts And Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Addition Core: 6 Hours

Required: LA -1020 - First-Year Seminar

College Requirements: 18 - 22 hours


English Required Courses: 21 hours


English Electives: 12 hours


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Electives: 27 - 31 hours


TESOL Concentration


The concentration in English with an emphasis on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides a combination of advanced work in applied linguistics with training in current methods of language teaching.

TESOL students should select ENG 4710 in the Language and Rhetoric requirement above and ENG 4940 in the capstone / internship requirement above. 

TESOL concentration students should count concentration hours as their elective courses. 

Total 120 Hours