English, Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in English may be completed through one of five concentrations, each with some overlap in course requirements to allow students to migrate efficiently between concentrations.

  • Concentration in Creative Nonfiction
  • Concentration in Language Studies
  • Concentration in American Literature
  • Concentration in British/Irish/Anglophone Literature
  • Concentration in Secondary Education 7-12

The English major is also offered as a double major with the College of Education. Students are able to earn a B.S. from the College of Education with a double major in Secondary Education (Secondary English 7-12 Endorsement) and English, along with Nebraska State Certification to teach in this area. For details, see the Concentration in Secondary Education 7-12. 

Concentration in Creative Nonfiction

Required coursework:
ENGL 2410CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE3
or ENGL 2420 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
ENGL 3130AMERICAN NONFICTION3
ENGL 3150FORM AND STYLE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION3
Select two from the following list of Literature courses:6
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATINO/A LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE ANCIENT WORLD
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: MIDDLE AGES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE MODERN WORLD
Select three from the following list of Creative Nonfiction courses:9
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
TRAVEL WRITING
MODERN FAMILIAR ESSAY
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1
up to 3 credits of this requirement may be satisfied with WRWS 2050 or WRWS 2060
Senior Paper/Project/Internship1-3
SENIOR PAPER OR PROJECT
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP
12 credits of electives in English at any level12

The B.A. degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level.

1

 ENGL 4960 when pertaining to Creative Nonfiction topic.

Concentration in Language Studies

Required coursework:
ENGL 2420CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES3
ENGL 3610INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS3
Select one from the following list of American Literature courses:3
CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATINO/A LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE: MAJOR FIGURES
JUNIOR TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
CONTEMPORARY POETRY OF ENGLAND AND AMERICA
THE AMERICAN NOVEL
AMERICAN LITERARY REALISM AND NATURALISM
TOPICS IN AMERICAN REGIONALISM
MAJOR MOVEMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
LATINO LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES IN LITERATURE
WOMEN OF COLOR WRITERS
WOMEN WRITERS OF THE WEST
Select one from the following list of British/Irish/Anglophone Literature courses:3
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE ANCIENT WORLD
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: MIDDLE AGES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE MODERN WORLD
IRISH LITERATURE I
JUNIOR TOPICS IN BRITISH/IRISH/ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE
MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE
CHAUCER
SHAKESPEARE
SHAKESPEARE'S CONTEMPORARIES
17TH CENTURY LITERATURE
RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
LITERATURE OF VICTORIAN PERIOD
THE 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
THE 20TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
20TH CENT ENGLISH LITERATURE
Select one from the following list of Creative Nonfiction courses:3
AMERICAN NONFICTION
FORM AND STYLE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
TRAVEL WRITING
MODERN FAMILIAR ESSAY
Select five from the following list of Language Studies courses:15
TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
HISTORY OF ENGLISH
STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
RHETORIC
COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY
DIGITAL LITERACIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
INFORMATION DESIGN FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL EDITING
CAPSTONE COURSE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
1-3 credits from the following options:1-3
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP
COMMUNITY SERVICE WRITING
6 credits of elective in English at any level6

The B.A. degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level.

Concentration in American Literature

Required coursework:
ENGL 2410CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE3
or ENGL 2420 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
Select one from the following list of American Literature courses:3
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATINO/A LITERATURE
Select one from the following list of Language Studies courses:3
CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
HISTORY OF ENGLISH
STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
RHETORIC
COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY
DIGITAL LITERACIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
INFORMATION DESIGN FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL EDITING
CAPSTONE COURSE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1
3 credits in an American Literature course from the ENGL 3300-3399 level3
Select three from the following list of 4000-level American Literature courses:9
THE AMERICAN NOVEL
AMERICAN LITERARY REALISM AND NATURALISM
TOPICS IN AMERICAN REGIONALISM
MAJOR MOVEMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
LATINO LITERATURE
WOMEN WRITERS OF THE WEST
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Senior Paper/Project/Internship1-3
SENIOR PAPER OR PROJECT
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP
3 credit elective in English at the 1000-level or above3
6 credits electives in English at the 2000-level or above6
6 credits electives in English at the 3000-level or above6

The B.A. degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level.

1

 ENGL 4960 when pertaining to American Literature topic.

Concentration in British/Irish/Anglophone Literature 

Required coursework:
ENGL 2410CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE3
or ENGL 2420 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
Select one from the following British Literature survey options:
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
Select one from the following list of Language Studies courses:
CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
HISTORY OF ENGLISH
STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
RHETORIC
COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY
DIGITAL LITERACIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
INFORMATION DESIGN FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
TECHNICAL EDITING
CAPSTONE COURSE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1
3 credits from a British/Irish/Anglophone Literature course at the ENGL 3400-3499 level.3
Select three from the following list of British/Irish/Anglophone Literature courses at the 4000-level.9
MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE
CHAUCER
SHAKESPEARE
SHAKESPEARE'S CONTEMPORARIES
17TH CENTURY LITERATURE
RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
LITERATURE OF VICTORIAN PERIOD
THE 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
THE 20TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
20TH CENT ENGLISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1
Up to 3 credits of this requirement may be satisfied with WRWS 2050 or WRWS 2060
Senior Paper/Project/Internship1-3
SENIOR PAPER OR PROJECT
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP
3 credit elective in English at the 1000-level or above.3
6 credits electives in English at the 2000-level or above.6
6 credits electives in English at the 3000-level or above.6

The B.A. degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level.

1

ENGL 4960 when pertaining to British/Irish/Anglophone Literature topic.

Concentration in Secondary Education 7-12

The English major with a concentration in Secondary Education 7-12 is ONLY offered as a double major with the College of Education. Students are able to earn a B.S. from the College of Education with a double major in Secondary Education (Secondary English 7-12 Endorsement) and English, along with Nebraska State Certification to teach in this area. 

Complete 36 credit hours in English with grades of C or above (this is different from the English Department’s requirement of a minimum grade of C- or above). 

Required Coursework:
ENGL 2410CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE3
or ENGL 2420 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE STUDIES
ENGL 2310INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I3
or ENGL 2320 INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
ENGL 2450AMERICAN LITERATURE I3
or ENGL 2460 AMERICAN LITERATURE II
ENGL 4060THE AMERICAN NOVEL 13
or ENGL 4960 TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Select one of the following:3
THE SHORT STORY
BLACK SHORT STORY
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATINO/A LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES IN LITERATURE
Select one of the following:3
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE: MAJOR FIGURES
IRISH LITERATURE I
IRISH LITERATURE II
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES IN LITERATURE
WOMEN OF COLOR WRITERS
All of the following:
ENGL 4750COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY3
ENGL 4860MODERN FAMILIAR ESSAY3
ENGL 4340SHAKESPEARE3
Three additional electives in English (from any concentration area) at the 3000-4000 level (Note: Students can take English 4960 multiple times as long as they are on different Special Topics)9
1

ENGL 4960 (Special Topic - Teaching British Literature); other ENGL 4960 Special Topics courses do not satisfy this requirement