Bachelor of Arts in English

Admission Requirements

Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements

Foundational Courses
Complete 9 credits from the following:9
Critical Thinking
Alaska Native Literatures
Introduction to Creative Writing
How English Works
Introduction to English Studies
Complete this 3 credit course:3
Introduction to English Studies
English Studies Electives
Complete 18 credits from the following, of which at least 12 credits must be upper-division:18
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Literature
Global Literature and Culture
Literature of the United States I
Literature of the United States II
Alaska Native Literatures
Introduction to Creative Writing
Texts of American Cultures and Regions
Writing and Rhetoric in Public Life
Advanced Technical Writing
Professional Writing
Creative Writing Workshop
Literature by Period
Literature by Genre
Research Writing
Major Authors
Topics in Native Literatures
Linguistics and English Language Teaching
History of English Language
Public Science Writing
Advanced Studies in Literature
Topics in English Studies
Topics in Literature
Language in Use
Internship in Professional Writing
English Honors Thesis
How Language Works
How English Works
Advanced Inquiry in English Studies
Complete the following courses:9
Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice
Critical Theory
Studies in Style and Stylistics
Advanced Writing
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
Research Writing
English Honors Thesis
Integrative Capstone
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
History of English Language
Advanced Studies in Literature

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Honors in English

The Department of English recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in English. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared English major, satisfy all requirements for a BA in English and fulfill the following:

  1. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.50 in all courses in the English major.
  3. Complete 6 credits of the following 400-level topics courses with a minimum grade of A:
    Major Authors
    Topics in Comparative Literature
    Topics in Native Literatures
    Topics in English Studies
  4. Complete ENGL A499 with a pass grade on a P/F grading scale.

The honors thesis itself is shaped by these guidelines:

  • A student wishing to take ENGL A499 should coordinate the process from the beginning with two faculty members (one considered primary, one secondary), one of whom must be a full-time tenure-track member of the Department of English.
  • The secondary faculty member may be from another department with the approval of the primary faculty member. Both faculty members should be involved in the project from early in the process.
  • The student is responsible for locating the two faculty members and securing their agreement to become involved in the project.
  • The student should meet regularly (about once every couple of weeks) with the primary faculty member guiding the thesis to ensure that the project remains on track.
  • The student may well benefit from concurrent enrollment in ENGL A414.
  • The process should begin with a proposal of no more than 1,000 words (statement of purpose, preliminary controlling generalization and outline) along with an annotated bibliography of about 10 items. This proposal needs to be approved by both faculty members before the student may proceed to write the honors thesis itself.
  • The anticipated length of the project is 7,500-10,000 words (exclusive of reference page[s]).
  • The final paper needs to be submitted to the two faculty members by the end of the last week of instruction of the semester during which the student is enrolled in ENGL A499.
  • The project should be undertaken in a student’s senior year.
  • Successful completion of ENGL A499 (with success defined as a pass for the honors thesis) may be used to count for 3 credits toward the 7 credit requirement of the honors senior project.