Department of English at Illinois State University

English Major: English Studies

The English Studies major is based on a broad model of interdisciplinary study in the fields that make up English Studies. Students are required to take course work in the different sub-disciplines of English Studies, including Literary and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Composition, and Linguistics and are encouraged to explore what Technical and Professional Writing, Publishing Studies, and Creative Writing might offer them. This flexibility in the degree allows both the student with interests in a variety of different fields in English Studies and the student who wants to specialize in a particular discipline to meet their goals.

The English Studies Major also offers opportunities for students to minor in a complimentary field or area of interest or to double major.

All decisions about your major and minor should be made in consultation with an English Department Academic Advisor.

 

Degree Requirements (2010-2012 Catalog)

  • 40 hours in English, exclusive of ENG 101 and courses in the teaching of English (291, 295, 296, 297, 395)
  • Completion of ENG 100 (with C or better), ENG 102, and ENG 300
  • 3 hours selected from ENG 283, 284, 285, 286
  • 3 hours of British literature selected from ENG 110, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 222, 223, 311, 320, 324, 325, 327, 328, 329, 378, 386, 387, 388
  • 3 hours of American literature selected from ENG 130, 165, 231, 232, 233, 234, 236, 265, 266, 328, 332, 336, 365
  • 3 hours in language and linguistics selected from ENG 241, 243, 245, 310, 311, 341, 342
  • 3 hours in advanced writing selected from ENG 246, 247, 248, 249
  • Of the remaining 18 hours, at least 12 hours of electives must be at the 200-through 300-level; students should consult an English Department Academic Advisor in choosing their electives

 

English Studies Careers

A Liberal Arts degree with an English major prepares students for a variety of jobs in a vast range of professions (see our list of famous English Majors). Graduates of Illinois State University’s Department of English learn transferable skills that make them easily marketable. Students are encouraged to declare a minor that matches their career aspirations with the English major. More career infromation...