BA in English
The BA in English at OSU requires 40 hours of general education courses, 54 hours within the major, and 10 hours of elective coursework. Five paths are available for the major coursework:
- The Literature (general English) option provides an overview of British and American literary history plus the opportunity
to study English and world literatures through a variety of thematic, historical,
cultural, interdisciplinary, and theoretical approaches.
- The Creative Writing option focuses on the vital relationship between the literary acts of fictional and poetic
composition and the larger literary tradition of our language. Students select a concentration
in either poetry or fiction writing.
- The Professional Writing & Rhetoric option focuses on how writing, language, and text function in today’s increasingly complex
print and electronic environments. Coursework ensures a sophisticated understanding
of audience, textual structure, and style and cultivates advanced composing abilities
to create, manage, and display information dynamically in professional settings.
- The Screen Studies option focuses on the study of the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema as well as
its cultural and political impact.
- The Pre-Law option focuses on the study of literary history, linguistics, and a selection of diverse electives to help build critical thinking, reading, communication, and research skills necessary for success in law school and beyond.
Degree requirements are provided by the Office of the Registrar and reflect the current academic year. For previous years, please consult the Registrar's catalog archive.
The English Department strives to provide a personally meaningful experience for its
majors. To this end, course enrollments are small, seldom exceeding 25 in number,
and classes are interactive. You will find that teachers are accessible and helpful.
A full-time advisor, Clarissa Bonner, is also available for personal assistance. We think you will find our home in Morrill Hall a friendly place.