English Department


Admission & Requirements:

The objectives of the English Department are: (1) to facilitate the utilitarian functions of language for all students in all departments, (2) promote an understanding of self and others through observation and analysis of literary works, (3) facilitate a grasp of the logic that underlies the structure of language, and (4) encourage continued development of the critical faculty through study and research.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English requires the completion of 36 semester hours excluding the courses open to freshmen and sophomores. See advisor or Department Head for specifics.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English requires the completion of 124/125 semester hours including 36 hours at the 300 and 400 level with an overall minimum GPA of 2.00. The General Education requirements include passing the Rising Junior Examination (GET 300).

Major and Minor Programs

One non-teaching major in English, culminating in the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, General, is offered in the Department. The Bachelor of Science degree in English Education (grades 7-12) is offered y the College of Education. The Department of English, however, offers the professional core curriculum for the BS degree. A minor in Technical Writing is offered for English majors headed for careers in industry.

Admission to the Major in English

All students who declare a major in English must complete declaration of major form in the registrar’s office before he/she can be advised in the Department. Students who are admitted to GSU with an ACT score of less than 16 must complete General Education requirements in the College of Basic and Special Studies and transferred from that college before they can be advised in the Department. Students who are admitted with an ACT score of 16 or above are admitted into and advised in the Department upon completing the declaration of major form.

Faculty Advising

As soon as the student declares a major in English, the Department assigns him/her a faculty advisor. The student is expected to consult with the advisor about a course of study, curriculum planning, registration, and other academic decisions. When the student and the advisor have identified courses to be taken in a particular semester, the courses must be listed on an advisement contract which both the student and advisor sign. The advisement contract is kept in the student’s file until he/she graduates.