BA in English Degree, Technical and Professional Writing Concentration (120 cr)

Literature and Creative Writing Concentrations also available.

General Education Requirements (30 cr)

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Recommended General Education Coursework:

Remaining General Education Requirements can be fulfilled as you and your advisor see fit.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-2 cr)

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.

Ethics (3 cr)

World Languages & Cultures (0-14 cr)

This requirement may be met by our World Language courses in one of the following ways:

  • Completing Intermediate II (fourth semester) of a non-English language
  • Completing a 300-400 level course in a non-English language, or an approved study abroad course that meets this language requirement
  • Receiving credit for non-English language courses via placement exam for Intermediate II (fourth semester)

Information Literacy (3 cr)

  • CSCI-A110 Introduction to Computers & Computing (or equivalent)

Major Requirements (36 cr)

All courses for this requirement must be 200 level or above. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.


Group: Backgrounds of British Literature to 1800 (3 cr)

  • Choose one:
    • ENG-L306 Middle English Literature
    • ENG-L322 English Literature 1660-1789
    • ENG-L 309 Elizabethan Poetry
    • ENG-G301 History of the English Language
    • Other courses may apply. Consult with the English dept.

Group: Backgrounds of American Literature to 1865 (3 cr)

  • Choose one:
    • ENG-L351 American Literature 1800-1865
    • ENG-L352 American Literature 1865-1914
    • ENG-L355 American Fiction to 1900
    • ENG-L356 American Poetry to 1900
    • ENG-L361 Studies in 19th Century American Literature
    • Other courses may apply. Consult with the English dept.

Group: Modern Literature (3 cr)

  • Choose one:
    • ENG-L299 English Literature since 1800
    • ENG-L332 Romantic Literature
    • ENG-L335 Victorian Literature
    • ENG-L354 American Literature since 1914
    • ENG-L357 20th Century American Poetry
    • ENG-L358 20th Century American Fiction
    • ENG-L384 Studies in American Culture
    • Other courses may apply. Consult with the English dept.

Group: Literature in World & Cultural Context (3 cr)

  • Choose one:
    • CLAS-C205 Classical Mythology
    • ENG-L225 Introduction to World Masterpieces
    • ENG-L378 Studies in Women and Literature
    • ENG-L379 American Ethnic and Minority Literature
    • ENG-L383 Studies in British or Commonwealth
    • Other courses may apply. Consult with the English dept.

Writing or Theory Requirement (3 cr)

  • ENG-L371 Critical Practices
  • Technical and Professional Writing students may substitute another writing course.

Senior Seminar (3 cr)

  • ENG-W470 Senior Seminar

English Electives (15 cr)

Required Courses:

Select one:


Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted in the major/concentration area.
A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

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