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2020-2021 LSUA Catalog 
2020-2021 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA

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The Bachelor of Arts in English offers students the opportunity to pursue a major in English. Students who do so acquire the ability to read and interpret a variety of texts, both literary and literal, with an eye to their rhetorical strategies and meanings. They also become familiar with literary genres within the context of literary history, literary theory, and the history of ideas. The English major has many practical applications, with graduates pursuing diverse career paths that include employment in education, law, technical writing, editing and publishing, print and broadcast journalism, public relations and political consulting, civil and foreign service, and local and national security. English majors are sought after for management positions in business and nonprofit organizations, as well as by graduate schools in medicine, law, and social work.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will write clearly and effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  2. Graduates will interpret texts critically and analytically, taking into account cultural and historical contexts as well as theoretical approaches to interpretation.
  3. Graduates will produce original scholarship that follows MLA guidelines.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university. The Bachelor of Arts in English has no separate or special admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified in Degree Requirements .
  2. Students must take at least 36 hours at the 3000-level or above and at least nine hours at the 4000-level.
  3. Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in each course applied toward Major Requirements.

Degree Audit

A fillable degree audit for students and their academic advisors is available here.

Total Credits: 120

General Education Requirements

See list of approved courses in the General Education  section of this catalog.

Total Credits: 6

Social Sciences

Total Credits: 6


Total Credits: 6

Natural Sciences

Students must take either six hours of biology and three hours of physical science or six hours of physical science (in a single discipline) and three hours of biology.

Total Credits: 9


Total Credits: 9

Fine Arts

Total Credits: 3

Total Credits: 39

Major Requirements

Total Credits: 39

Additional Requirements

  • Foreign Language Electives Credits: 6
  • Free Electives Credits: 36

Total Credits: 42

Suggested Sequence of Courses


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