About the Program
The English major is designed to be extremely flexible. You can focus on literature, linguistics, cultural studies, or work with your academic advisor to develop another plan of study that will achieve your educational goals. In general, this major requires a lot of reading and writing and includes courses in literatures of America and the world; advanced courses in British literature and writers; courses in writing about literature; a language course; and an advanced course in poetry, drama, or fiction.
An English major learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Skills include: Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, grammatical accuracy, editing and rewriting skills, ability to analyze and interpret data, documentation skills, creativity, foreign language ability, ability to present a clear and logical argument, understanding of human motivation.
Please visit English for more information.
3 Year Degrees
The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity for students to complete their degree in three years. Degree in 3 majors allow students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree.
Students can complete the three-year option with or without AP credit by adding summer sessions to traditional coursework in Fall and Spring semesters. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.
120 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (83 credits)
Major Courses (6 credits)
Course taken to satisfy Area B may not be used to fulfill the required concentration courses.
Area A - Gateway Course (3 credits)
Area B - Multiethnic Studies (3 credits)
English Education Courses (33 credits)
Area C - English Education (9 credits)
Area D - Literary Theory and Traditions (12 credits)
Literary Theory (3 credits)
Literary Traditions - (9 credits)
Area E - Linguistics and Writing (12 credits)
Professional Requirements for Teaching Major (44 credits)
Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and earn a grade of C- or above in all professional courses.
Core Education Courses (22 credits)
English Teaching Methods (20 credits)
Other Departmental (24-34 credits)
The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.
Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)
Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives. (fulfills Humanities for core)
Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits)
Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.
- Humanities - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Humanities for core)
- Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
- Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
- Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
- Written Communication - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
- Oral Communication - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
- Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)
- Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
- All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
- “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- Students must earn a “C-” or better in each English course. The P/NP option is not available for this requirement.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 32 credit hours of Purdue Coursework at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy
- P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
|ASL-American Sign Language
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