Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in English (Writing and Rhetoric Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Students must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  6. This major requires 36 semester credit hours of English courses. ENG 1310 and ENG 1320 are prerequisites to all other English courses.
  7. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  8. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in English (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the English Language and Literature Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    ENG 1310College Writing I3
    TCCN: ENGL 1301
    ENG 1320College Writing II3
    TCCN: ENGL 1302
    Choose 6 semester credit hours from the following: ENG 2310, ENG 2320, ENG 2330, ENG 2340, ENG 2359 and ENG 23606
    TCCN: 6 semester credit hours from the following: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333, ENGL 2341 and ENGL 2351
    Total Hours12

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3American History Component Code 0603
US 11001Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)13POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Modern Language 23103BA ENG Literature13
American History Component Code 0603BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
Mathematics Component Code 0203Modern Language 23203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 330133ENG Writing & Rhetoric Concentration6
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3Free Electives (as needed)3
ENG Writing & Rhetoric Concentration3 
Free Electives (as needed)3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG Advanced Electives6ENG Advanced Electives6
Free Electives (as needed)6Free Electives (as needed)3
 18 12
Total Hours: 120

Advanced English Courses

In addition to ENG 3301, students must complete seven advanced courses. Students must take one advanced course from Groups A, B, and C plus nine hours of electives in writing and rhetoric. In choosing their nine hours of electives in writing and rhetoric, major with the emphasis in writing and rhetoric must take three hours of theory (ENG 3318, repeatable); three hours of practice (ENG 3303, ENG 3304, ENG 3311, or ENG 3342); and three hours of theory or practice. They also select one three-hour elective from one of the groups. In selecting their advanced courses, students are encouraged to take at least two courses that center on genre, theme, or theory. One of the advanced courses must focus on the works of a single author and is recommended to be taken at the end of the major:

ENG 3343The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature3
ENG 3354Shakespeare 13
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time 13
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare 13
ENG 4358Milton 13
ENG 3351Early Medieval Literature of the British Isles 13
ENG 3352Medieval English Literature 13
ENG 3353British Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century 13
ENG 3354Shakespeare 13
ENG 3356British Poetry and Prose of the Seventeenth Century 13
ENG 3357British Literature of the Restoration and Augustan Periods, 1660-1750 13
ENG 3359British Literature, 1750-1800 13
ENG 3362The British Romantics3
ENG 3365Victorian Literature3
ENG 3368The British Novel3
ENG 3370Twentieth-Century British Literature3
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time 13
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare 13
ENG 4358Milton 13
ENG 3309The Southwest in Film3
ENG 3326American Drama on Film3
ENG 3331Literature of Black America3
ENG 3333Early US Literature 13
ENG 3335US Literature 1865-1930: The Rise of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism3
ENG 3336US Literature, 1930 to the Present: From Modernism to Comtemporary Forms3
ENG 3338The American Novel3
ENG 3344Chicano/a Narrative and Social History3
ENG 3345Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region3
ENG 3346Southwestern Studies II: Consequences of Region3
ENG 3347American Poetry3
ENG 4325Literature of the Southwest3
ENG 4334US Romanticism3
ENG 3321The Short Story3
ENG 3322The European Novel3
ENG 3323Modern Poetry3
ENG 3325Russian Literature in Translation3
ENG 3327Types of World Drama in English 13
ENG 3328Types of World Drama in English (Modern)3
ENG 3329Studies in Mythology3
ENG 3341Studies in World Literature3
ENG 3350Global Medieval Literature 13
ENG 3385Children's Literature3
ENG 3386Adolescent Literature3
ENG 3388Women and Literature3
ENG 3392Women Writers of the Middle Ages 13
ENG 3393Introduction to Canadian Literature3
ENG 4385Advanced Studies in Children's or Adolescent Literature3
ENG 3302Film and Video Theory and Production3
ENG 3303Technical Writing3
ENG 3304Professional Writing3
ENG 3306Writing for Film3
ENG 3307Introduction to the Study of Film3
ENG 3308Advanced Topics in Film3
ENG 3311Practices in Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3315Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 3316Film Studies3
ENG 3318Approaches to Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3319The Development of English3
ENG 3320Theory and Criticism3
ENG 3340Special Topics in Language and Literature3
ENG 3342Editing3
ENG 3343The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature3
ENG 3348Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENG 3349Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 3389The Discipline of English3
ENG 4310Modern English Syntax3
ENG 4323Studies in Autobiography and Biography3
ENG 4348Senior Seminar in Fiction Writing3
ENG 4349Senior Seminar in Poetry Writing3
ENG 4350Senior Seminar in Film3