English, BA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2018-2019. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
Course designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
ENGL 2543Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2773Survey of American Literature I3
Select 3 additional non-English hours3
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.3
Foreign Language
See note 39
Non-Western Studies
Select at least one course
See note 2.d.
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal22
Major Requirements
Minimum GPA in all ENGL courses 3.00 and a minimum grade of “C’ in each ENGL course (excluding English Composition and free electives)
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Survey of British Literature II
Survey of American Literature II (DH)
Survey of Nonwestern Traditions (HI)
33 hours ENGL (30 hours must be upper-division):
Minimum of 12 hours at 4000-level
ENGL 3243Literary Theory and Criticism3
ENGL 3343Reading Poetry3
3 hours Genre Studies:
ENGL 3333Short Story (H)3
or ENGL 3363 Readings in Drama (H)
or ENGL 3373 Readings in Nonfiction
or ENGL 3383 Readings in Narrative
or ENGL 3410 Popular Fiction
3 hours Cultural Studies:
ENGL 3153Readings in Literature by Women (DH)3
or ENGL 3170 Readings in Literature and Other Disciplines
or ENGL 3183 Native American Literature (DH)
or ENGL 3190 Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature
or ENGL 3193 African-American Literature (DH)
or ENGL 3813 Readings in the American Experience (DH)
or ENGL 3473 Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Film (D)
or ENGL 3503 Television and American Society (DH)
or ENGL 4450 Culture and the Moving Image
3 hours Literature before 1800:
ENGL 4100Studies in Medieval British Literature3
or ENGL 4110 Studies in 16th Century British Literature
or ENGL 4120 Studies in 17th Century British Literature
or ENGL 4130 Studies in 18th Century British Literature
or ENGL 4200 Studies in Early American Literature
or ENGL 4223 Introduction to Old English
or ENGL 4600 Studies in Chaucer or Milton
or ENGL 4700 Single Author or Work Pre-1800
or ENGL 4723 Studies in Shakespeare (H)
3 hours Literature after 1800:
ENGL 4160Studies in 19th Century British Literature3
or ENGL 4170 Studies in 20th Century British Literature
or ENGL 4210 Studies in 19th Century American Literature
or ENGL 4220 Studies in 20th Century American Literature
or ENGL 4300 Studies in Romanticism
or ENGL 4310 Studies in Modernism
3 hours Writing:
ENGL 3203Advanced Composition3
or ENGL 3223 Professional Writing Theory
or ENGL 4530 Studies in Professional Writing
or ENGL 4543 Style and Editing
or ENGL 4553 Visual Rhetoric and Design
or ENGL 4563 Scientific & Tech Lit
or ENGL 3030 Fiction Writing
or ENGL 3040 Poetry Writing
or ENGL 3050 Screenwriting
or ENGL 3060 Creative Nonfiction Writing
3 hours Language/Linguistics:
ENGL 3200Special Problems in Language and Literature3
or ENGL 4003 History of the English Language
or ENGL 4013 English Grammar
or ENGL 4043 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
or ENGL 4063 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
or ENGL 4073 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
or ENGL 4080 Studies in Linguistics
or ENGL 4083 Applied Linguistics
or ENGL 4093 Language in America
English electives:
Select 9 hours of additional ENGL electives (6 hours must be upper-division)9
Select 15 hours of non-ENGL upper-division courses15
Hours Subtotal54
Electives
Select 4 hours4
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.)
Hours Subtotal4
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: Hours in one department in excess of 54 will be added to the minimum total of 120 required for graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2024.