Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

The Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English. This major prepares students for a variety of after-college routes: graduate study, professional school, and careers in such diverse fields as writing, publishing, government and foreign service, human services, business, and education.

The department also offers secondary teacher certification majors in English and a secondary composite in English language arts. In addition, English may be selected as a second teaching field with other certification majors.

Students pursuing a B.A.A.S. degree may complete a concentration in English.

For more information, please see the English Major's Handbook.

Major Code: 106


(See the "Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees" section of the catalog.)

The Bachelor of Arts in English requires a minimum of 120 hours which includes courses for the major, general education, language courses, all University requirements, and electives. The English major consists of 42 hours as well as language requirements and a capstone project. At least 30 of the 42 hours must be upper-division courses. Maximum of 60 Hours may be taken in English.

Courses Required of All English Majors

  • 6 hours from ENGL 1301 and 1302 or 2311.
  • 6 hours from ENGL 2321, 2326, 2331, 2341, 2342, or 2343.
  • ENGL 3380.
  • ENGL 4301 or ENGL 4305.
  • ENGL 3351, 3352, 3360, 3361, 3383, 4352.
  • 18 hours of English electives at the 3000 level or above.

Language Requirement

  • Foreign language (6-8 hours). Two courses with a minimum of 3 hours per course. While not required, students are urged to take both courses in the same language.
  • ENGL 3311 and 3312.

Capstone Requirement

The capstone should be completed during the student’s senior year (fall and spring semesters only).

  • During the first two weeks of the semester during which the student wishes to complete the capstone, s/he should select a paper written for a WTAMU 3000- or 4000-level English class and make an appointment with the faculty member of his/her choice to request direction of the capstone. Ideally, the capstone mentor should be the faculty member for whom the student wrote the original paper. If that professor is not available to direct the capstone, the student may request the mentorship of another professor.
  • Under the faculty member’s direction, the student will prepare 1) a conference length presentation (15-20 minutes) based on the paper and 2) a project portfolio that contains the original paper, revisions, and the conference paper.
  • Prior to the public presentation of the capstone, the English Capstone Committee for that academic year assesses the student’s portfolio using a standardized rubric.
  • At a departmental convocation, the student presents his/her conference length paper along with all other English B.A. candidates.
  • English faculty assess the presentation using a standardized rubric and vote Pass/Fail on the capstone presentation.
  • The student must receive a majority vote of Pass on both the portfolio and the presentation in order to be certified for graduation.
  • For more information, please see the English Major's Handbook.

Degree Checklists and Curriculum Guides

Degree Checklists and Curriculum Guides are available, listed by catalog year.

English Honors Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Honors Program and the English major, six hours of electives are required chosen from:
• ARTS 1303, 1304, ECON 4321, 4361, HIST 3301, PHIL 4302, SCOM 4301, SOCI 4361, SPAN 4365.

M. A. in English

For information about the master of arts (M.A.) degree in English, please visit this page.