Department of English at Illinois State University

Admission to Undergraduate Programs

The Department of English offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with sequences in Teacher Certification and Publishing Studies. We also offer minors ins English Studies, English Education, Writing, and the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Below is information about the undergraduate admission process for students interested in one of the programs in the Department of English at Illinois State University. If you have questions about the application process, please contact one of the English Department's Academic Advisors.

Applying to Majors in English

The process you use to apply for an English major will depend on whether or not you are currently a student at Illinois State.

Prospective Freshman and Transfer Students

To apply to be an English major at ISU as a freshman or transfer student, you need to select English as your major when you fill out your online application for admission to Illinois State University.

Transfer students, once admitted, should sign up for a Transfer Day. While planning coursework before transferring, please consult our Transfer Tips page. English Education majors who transfer with an Associate's degree will need to spend 5 full semesters at ISU to finish the program. If you want to graduate from college in four total years, you should transfer to ISU for the Spring semester of your sophomore year.

All of the information you need regarding deadlines, academic requirements, expenses, etc. is available through the Office of Admissions.

Current ISU Students

Students interested in changing their major should follow the steps detailed on the Find Your Major Website. Students wanting to declare English or one of it sequences, teacher certification or publishing studies, as their major may apply through my.illinoisstate.edu

For deadlines and more information on applying for the English major, please visit the Undergraduate Programs page.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact one of the English Department's undergraduate advisors.

Applying to Minors in English

If you wish to apply to one of the English minors, include the minor in English, in English Education, TESOL, and Writing, you must already be a student at ISU. To apply, go to to the Academics tab in your my.illinoisstate.edu and select "Apply to my Program" to begin the process.

For deadlines and more information on applying for the English major, please visit the Undergraduate Programs page.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact one of the English Department's undergraduate advisors.