English: English Concentration, BALAS

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


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


Undergraduate Degree Programs in English

Majors:

English, BALAS with concentrations:

English, English Concentration, BALAS

English, English Teaching Concentration, BALAS

English, Topics in English Concentration, BALAS

Creative Writing, BALAS


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

Minimum required major and supporting coursework equates to 39 hours of English department courses. Students must complete at least 15 hours of coursework at the 300-level or above (ENGL 301, ENGL 350, and 9 more hours), and 6 of these hours must come from two different period areas.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

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


Concentration Requirements

Core Courses9
Introduction 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)
Introduction to Critical Theory
Writing about Literature, Text, and Culture
Historical Surveys6
Students are encouraged to take these required survey courses as early as possible after completing ENGL 200
Two courses from the following options:
Early British Literature and Culture
Early American Literature and Culture
Early African American Literature and Culture
Any ethnic literature survey with a significant pre-1900 focus 1
Period Courses (American, British, Anglophone, etc.)15
6 hours: At least two courses that cover at least two of the following categories:
Medieval Literature & Culture (before 1550)
Shakespeare
Early Modern Literature & Culture (1550-1660, other than Shakespeare)
Eighteenth-Century Literature & Culture (1660-1800)
3 hours: At least one course in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
3 hours: At least one course in Twentieth-Century Literature & Culture
3 hours: At least one course in Contemporary Literature & Culture
Elective Coursework 1,29
At least three courses chosen from those controlled by or cross-listed with the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and English)
One course in Difference and Diaspora. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking an appropriately focused course from among ENGL 350: Writing about Literature, Text, and Culture; the historical surveys; the period courses; or the elective coursework.
Total Hours39