English, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in English

department website: https://www.english.illinois.edu/

department faculty: English Faculty

advising: https://www.english.illinois.edu/undergraduate/advising/

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.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.


for the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in English

Minimum required major and supporting course work: 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.

GPA Requirement: 2.0 - GPA for all courses included in the major taken on this campus and elsewhere must be 2.0. 

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 300 (fulfills the university's Advanced Composition requirement)3
ENGL 301Introduction to Critical Theory3
Period Courses (American, British, transatlantic, anglophone, etc.) 2, 3, 4
At least two courses focused on literature, text, and/or culture in two or more of the following categories:6
Medieval (before 1550)
Shakespeare 4
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
One course offered by the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, or English).3
Three additional courses offered by the Department of English either specified by concentration requirements or chosen from the Departmental list.9
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 Hours required for graduation120