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Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The Department of English provides graduates with the essential foundations of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. English majors often engage in undergraduate research projects, presenting conference papers at local, regional, and national conferences and publishing work in peer-reviewed journals. Our award-winning student literary journal, Arden, provides students an opportunity to gain editing and publishing experience as undergraduates. In addition to numerous study abroad courses, English majors have the opportunity to participate in the New York Arts program.  

The BA in English-Professional Writing track prepares students for writing careers in business or industry. The track offers courses in technical writing, news writing, business writing, and writing for digital media. Internships with Columbus-area organizations provide students with valuable hands-on experience. Professional writing students develop strong skills in electronic research, writing, layout, web design, and editing

Career Opportunities

In addition to pursuing traditional careers in the discipline—like teaching, library science, journalism, and creative writing—our graduates succeed in business, law, and medicine. Our majors also pursue graduate degrees in English, creative writing, rhetoric, and technical communication

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Students demonstrate competency in written communication by writing effectively in a variety of situations and for a variety of audiences.
  • Students demonstrate competency in reading by interpreting the meaning of key terms; recognizing the primary purpose of a passage; making appropriate inferences; and recognizing rhetorical devices.
  • Students demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning by solving real-world problems in contexts that involve numerical data.
  • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking by interpreting and evaluating evidence in a piece of writing and drawing valid conclusions based on the information presented.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no specific academic regulations

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
OR
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3 

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each ENGL course.
ENGL 2155: Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods
ENGL 2156: Introduction to Literary Studies: Poetics
ENGL 2157: Writing for the English Major
Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
ENGL 1000 must be satisfactorily complete five times.
ENGL 1000: English Convocation

ENGL 3171 Print Web Site Design
ENGL 3172 Social Media for Writers
ENGL 3167 Journalism and Content Creation
ENGL 3168 Professional Editing
ENGL 4000 Baccalaureate Survey
ENGL 4698 Internship
ENGL 5000 Professional Writing Portfolio
ENGL 5149 Grant Writing
ENGL 5155 Theories of Rhetoric
ENGL 5195 Technical and Scientific Writing

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 18
A grade of C or better is required in each course.

Select two Literature courses at 3000 level or higher (6 hours).

Select 3-4 courses from the following (9-12 hours).
ENGL 3128 Editorial and Opinion Writing
ENGL 3156 Advertising Writing
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace
ENGL 4177 Advanced Topics in Professional Writing
ENGL 5167 English Grammar

Select 0-1 course from the following (0-3 hours).
ENGL 3105 Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL 3106 Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 3107 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3108 Introduction to Playwriting
ENGL 3109 Introduction to Screenwriting

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 18
Professional  Writing students are strongly encouraged to declare an academic minor.

Total Hours Required: 123

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