English, BALAS


For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in English

E-mail: englishadvising@illinois.edu

Departmental Distinction: Students interested in graduating with distinction or high distinction are encouraged to consult the departmental honors adviser. In addition, students interested in the departmental honors program should contact the English department advising office.

Topical Streams: Course descriptions are tagged to indicate the topical streams each course is a part of.  These streams are not part of any requirement; the streams exist to help student guide themselves through the major. To learn more about topical streams you may be interested in studying, visit www.english.illinois.edu/undergraduate/streams.html.

Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 42 hours including a minimum of 36 hours of English Department courses. Students must complete at least 15 hours of coursework at the 300-level or above (ENGL 300, ENGL 301, and 9 more hours).  Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus. 

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Introduction to the Study of Literature, Text, and Culture
ENGL 200Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture (prerequisite for other English courses; can be taken at the same time as a course that satisfies the Composition I requirement) 13
ENGL 209Early British Literature and Culture3
ENGL 255Early American Literature and Culture3
Textual Analysis in Action
ENGL 301Introduction to Critical Theory3
ENGL 300 (fulfills the university's Advanced Composition requirement)3
Period Courses (American, British, transatlantic, anglophone, etc.) 2
At least two courses focused on literature, text, and/or culture in two or more of the following categories:6
Medieval (before 1550)
Early modern (1550-1660 other than Shakespeare)
The long eighteenth century (1600-1800)
One course focused on literature, text and/or culture in the category 1800-19003
Additional Coursework 2,3
At least four courses chosen from those controlled by or crosslisted with the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and English).12
One course must focus on race/ethnicity/indigeneity/post-coloniality/sexuality. This course can be used to fulfill part of the Textual Analysis, Period Courses, or Additional Coursework requirements. 2
Supporting Coursework--History and Culture Coursework: Choose one of the following pairs:6
Early Masterpieces of Western Culture
and Modern Masterpieces of Western Culture
Western Civ to 1660
and Western Civ Since 1660
US Hist to 1877
and US Hist Since 1877
British Isles to 1688
and Britain and World Since 1688
Total Hours42