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Undergraduate English Degree

Why study English? Because reading and writing shape the world.

Major in English

There are no admission requirements for the English major. Interested students should contact a departmental advisor to declare the English major or request information about transfer requirements.

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Become an Honors Student

To be admitted to the English Honors major program, an undergraduate must have earned a 3.25 overall grade-point average, and a 3.5 grade-point average in English courses.

Honors English majors must complete at least 1 section of ENGL 598 Honors Proseminar: _____ and ENGL 599 Honors Essay. This requirement, in effect, adds 3 hours of capstone-level coursework to the student’s emphasis.

Students interested in pursuing English Departmental Honors should consult with Dr. Mary Klayder, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Coordinator (see Advisors).

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Minor in English

Pursuing an English minor can add depth to any major of your choosing. The minor in English requires students to complete 18 hours of English coursework in one of three tracks: Regular, Creative Writing, or Rhetoric, Language, and Writing.

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Edwards Campus

The undergraduate program in literature, language, and writing is offered in its entirety at the KU Edwards Campus. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate's degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the upper-level courses necessary for a bachelor's degree. Students may also complete a minor.

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Navigate the English Major and take a look at our current course catalog.

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English students at all levels graduate to a variety of careers including law, teaching, scholarship, publishing, library science, and journalism--as well as medicine, politics, design, and any number of other fields that value clear communication, interpretive skill, and critical and creative thinking.

Regular, research, and service-learning internships are available for English Majors to help them toward their career, service, and educational goals.

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