Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Specializations:English Liberal Arts
English Writing
Certificate:Public Technical and Workplace Writing
Department:Building 50, Room 211
(850) 474-2923
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:23.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in English prepares students to be a part of an increasingly diverse population of critically trained readers and writers to be leaders in both the business and academic worlds. As the core of a liberal arts education, the study of language and literature fosters critical thinking, free inquiry, creativity, and clear and candid communication. In addition to its primary benefits to the life of the mind, the English major offers practical preparation for professional careers in teaching, professional writing, law, medicine, business, editing, religious affairs, the nonprofit sector, and all levels of government service. The study of literature includes contemporary texts as well as all the historical periods of British and American literature. The study of writing allows students not only to work in the familiar genres of poetry, fiction, drama, and the essay, but also to study the editorial and publishing process. Courses in the English major contribute to the student’s understanding of human culture and of the relationship between literary texts and other bodies of human knowledge such as philosophy, history, religion, psychology, classics, and modern languages. The Department of English offers two areas of specialization within the major: Liberal Arts and Writing.

Students interested in obtaining certification to teach English in secondary education need to contact an advisor in this department to plan course work that will satisfy degree and teacher certification requirements. A degree in this major is required for participation in teacher education certification options in English.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in English must meet the requirements listed below.

Students should consult their academic advisors for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites. A minimum grade of “C” is required in common prerequisites and major courses.