Department of English

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in English

  1. Students will develop a broad knowledge of British and American literary history with an understanding of the relations between texts and their literary trends and historical contexts.
  2. Students will learn how to find and integrate appropriate and credible sources into their written assignments.
  3. Students will be able to produce essays with a specific thesis based on analysis and research, effective use of support for the thesis, a clear plan of organization, and clear and correct writing.
  4. Students will be able to analyze poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction with an understanding of the elements of each genre.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in English

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL 2031  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences2  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts Elective4  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Science 2000+ 6  Foreign Language 2001/1001  3
Electives outside of ENGL and JOUR 3000+ 6  Foreign Language 1002  (3)5
Electives 21-24  History  6
    Total 45
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ENGL 2032  3  4000-level American Lit9  3
ENGL 22588  3  4000-level Pre-1660 British Lit10  3
ENGL 2341  3  4000-level Post-1660 British Lit11  3
ENGL 2342  3  English Electives 3000-4000 level12  12
ENGL 3394  3    
    Total 36
Journalism and Professional Writing Concentration 
Course Name/ # Credit Hours
JOUR 2700 or ENGL 2155  3
4000-level English Writing or JOUR  9
   
 Total   12
  Creative Writing Concentration
 Course Name/#  Credit Hours
 ENGL 2154, 2160, 2161, or 2163  3
 ENGL 4154, 4161, or 41636  6
 4000-level Literature13  3
Total 12
New Orleans Regional Literatures Concentration    
Course Name/ #  Credit Hours
ENGL 4043  3
ENGL 4045  3
4000-level Literature7  6
Total 12
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement
  4. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement
  5. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  6. Students may take workshops in the same or different genre, 2 at 4000 level.
  7. Courses should focus on New Orleans or associate regions. Students may substitute ENGL 2043 for one 4000-level Lit.
  8. Satisfies College requirement of oral competency.
  9. American Literature: ENGL 4030, 4031, 4032, 4033, 4034, 4043, 4045, 4091, 4092, or 4391
  10. British Literature before 1660: ENGL 4401, 4421, 4501, 4516, 4521, 4522, 4601, 4616, 4621, or approved 4391
  11. British Literature after 1660: ENGL 4701, 4702, 4715, 4716, 4801, 4802, 4807, 4808, 4815, or approved 4391
  12. This requirement is waived for students who complete a 12-hour concentration (Journalism and Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and New Orleans Regional Literatures).
  13. For Nonfiction, these courses can fulfill this requirement: ENGL 4918, 4030, 4031, 4701, 4702, 4807, 4808. For Fiction: ENGL 4715, 4815, 4915, 4917, 4031, 4032, 4033, 4034, 4043, 4045. For Poetry: 4401, 4421, 4521, 4522, 4601, 4621, 4701, 4702, 4801, 4802, 4807, 4808, 4913, 4914. Approved Special Topics courses (4091, 4092, 4093, and 4391) may also fulfill this requirement.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in English

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH   1031, 1115, 1125 or higher  3  MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher  3
Foreign Language 1001  3  Foreign Language 1002  3
Social Science  3  Social Science  3
Science (BIOS)  3  Science (BIOS or Physical Science)  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 2258  3  ENGL 2032  3
ENGL 2031  3  ENGL 2341  3
FORL 2001  3  Social Science (2000 level)  3
Social Science (2000 level)  3  Arts  3
Science (BIOS or Physical Science)  3  Humanities (History)  3
     Elective (Outside English, 3000+)  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 18
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 2342  3  ENGL 4XXX (Brit Lit I)  3
ENGL 3394  3  ENGL 4XXX (Brit Lit II)  3
ENGL 4XXX (American Lit)  3  ENGL 4XXX (Elective or Concentration)  3
Humanities (History)  3  Elective  3
Elective (Outside English, 3000+)  3  Elective  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 4XXX (Elective or Concentration)  3  ENGL 4XXX (Elective or Concentration)  3
Elective  3  ENGL 4XXX (Elective or Concentration)  3
Elective  3  Elective  3
Elective  3  Elective (ENGL 2392 or 4392; Independent Work for variable credit)  3
Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 12
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Honors in English

Available to qualified majors and non-majors, and open (but not limited) to students enrolled in University Honors. The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50.

Honors in English for English Majors

To graduate with honors in English, English majors must:

  1. Fulfill the usual requirement for English majors.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in English and 3.50 overall.
  3. Complete a minimum of nine semester hours in honors courses, which may include English 2199, 2299, and 2399.
  4. Successfully complete a six-hour thesis. With consent of the chair of the Department of English and the director of the University Honors Program, three hours of related course work taken prior to registration in English 3399 (Honors Thesis) may be counted toward the thesis.
  5. Perform satisfactorily in an oral examination on a senior thesis.

Honors in English for Non-Majors

To graduate With Honors in English, students not majoring in English must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in English courses and 3.50 overall.
  2. Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in English courses approved by the department. At least six of the 12 hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  3. Complete a minimum of nine semester hours in honors courses, which may include English 2199, 2299, and 2399.
  4. Successfully complete a six-hour thesis. With consent of the chair of the Department of English and the director of the University Honors Program, three hours of related coursework taken prior to registration in English 3399 (Honors Thesis) may be counted toward the thesis.
  5. Perform satisfactorily in an oral examination on a senior thesis.

Minor in English

Eighteen hours in English tailored to the needs of the student as approved by the Coordinator of Undergraduate English:

  1. Six hours of English department literature courses numbered 2000 or above.
  2. Twelve additional hours of English or Journalism courses numbered 2000 or above, nine of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level.
  3. A minimum grade of C in each course taken for the Minor.