BA in English


Program Description

The B.A. in English at NEIU offers students a foundation in critical and creative methods along with advanced study in literature, literary history and criticism, cultural studies, critical and cultural theory, rhetoric, creative writing, and composition. Courses develop students’ engagement with texts and their cultural and aesthetic contexts while advancing their abilities in creative and critical thinking, reading, and writing.

The rigorous study of critical analysis and the craft of effective writing prepares students to engage in society and to compete in degree programs and fields as diverse as professional and technical writing, public relations, web content management and writing, teaching, research, publishing, marketing, library science, law, medicine, and many others.

Career Opportunities for the English Major

Please forget the stereotype of penniless English majors waiting tables with their useless degrees. We reject it, and so should you—because it is untrue. In English studies, we cultivate people with vibrant and creative imaginations, exceptional writing and communication skills, as well as precise and in-depth analytical and critical thinking skills—in short, a skill set that employers in all spheres and industries indicate is sorely lacking in most job-seekers these days.

In addition to sending our students on to top law schools and doctoral programs as well as successful teaching careers, our alumni have excelled in careers in professional writing, social media, marketing, Web-content management, research, consulting, editing, public relations, library science, politics and lobbying, communications, business and more, precisely because we give them valuable skills, such as:

  • The creative imagination and analytical skills to solve problems and invent new possibilities
  • The knowledge and ability to understand, appreciate and relate respectfully to people and works of art from diverse cultures, and to communicate across borders, which sets them apart in our increasingly global society
  • The writing and communication skills to produce and analyze texts in the digital age

Additional Opportunities

To assist you in your academic, professional and personal endeavors, we offer, in addition to a supportive faculty and culture, the following financial assistance and professional preparation and opportunities:

  • Talent scholarships for our undergraduate majors
  • The opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to join an International Honors Society that offers scholarships, opportunities to publish and present research, and other professional opportunities
  • Graduate Assistantships for M.A. students to provide financial support as well as opportunities for professionalization and teaching experience
  • Merit Tuition Awards for M.A. students
  • Research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Professional internships at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • A vibrant and supportive student culture and literary journal
  • An engaged and caring alumni network and overall department culture that will support you while you are here and be a supportive home and resource for you after you graduate
  • An Annual Student Awards Ceremony honoring student work with cash awards
  • Top-notch advising and more

Learning Requirements

Prerequisites: ENGL-101 AND ENGL-102 or equivalent. Note: No more than 15 hours may be transferred into the major in English.

Core Courses

Required courses
ENGL-210 Writing Intensive Program: Methods for English Majors 3
ENGL-345 Practical Criticism 3
Select three Literary Surveys: 9
ENGL-218 American Literature: Beginnings To 1865
ENGL-219 American Literature: 1865 To The Present
ENGL-221 English Literature: The Beginnings To C. 1750
ENGL-222 English Literature: C. 1750 To The Present
Select one Major Author: 3
ENGL-314 Chaucer And His Age
ENGL-329 Milton
ENGL-330 Shakespeare: Comedies And Romances
ENGL-331 Shakespeare: Tragedies
Electives: 2,3,4 18
Choose 18 hours from the four categories below, with no more than 12 hours from any one category.
ENGL-307 Medieval Studies- The Development Of The Arthurian Legend
ENGL-308 English Literature From Beowulf To Malory
ENGL-321 Literature Of The Romantic Movement
ENGL-323 Shaw And Modern British Drama
ENGL-328 Seventeenth-Century Literature
ENGL-341 Restoration And Eighteenth Century Literature I
ENGL-342 Restoration And Eighteenth Century Literature II
ENGL-348 Prose And Poetry Of The Victorian Age
ENGL-350 The Victorian Novel
ENGL-378 Twentieth-Century Fiction I
ENGL-379 Twentieth-Century Fiction II
ENGL-312 Literature Of Colonial Times
ENGL-313 American Literary Renaissance-1830-1860
ENGL-322 The American Short Story
ENGL-352 Jewish-American Literature: People Of The Books
(Jewish-American Literature: People of the Books)
ENGL-356A Graphic Novels And Comics (Graphic Novels and Comics)
ENGL-357 Land, Labor, & Literature: Studying The Works Of U.S.
Working-Class & Colonized Writers (Land, Labor, and Literature)
ENGL-361 Development Of The American Novel
ENGL-368 American Realism
ENGL-372 American Women Writers Of The Nineteenth Century
(U.S. Women's Writing of the 19th Century ELE-DS)
ENGL-378 Twentieth-Century Fiction I
ENGL-379 Twentieth-Century Fiction II
ENGL-380 Multi-Cultural Literature In America
ENGL-381 African-American Literature
ENGL-389 Contemporary Poetry
ENGL-393 Literature Live: Studying The Works Of N.E.I.U. Visiting Writers
ENGL-397 Summer Creative Writing Institute
ENGL-205 Literatures And Literacies
ENGL-300 Russian Literature: From Gogol To Chekhov
ENGL-302 Love In Western Literature
ENGL-311 Introduction To Cultural Studies
ENGL-320 Globalizing Literacies
ENGL-324 The Romantic Novel
ENGL-333 Mythological Backgrounds Of English And American Literature
ENGL-334 Biblical Backgrounds Of English And American Literature
ENGL-365 Caribbean Literature
ENGL-369 U.S. Latino/a Literature And Culture (U.S. Latina/Latino Literature and Culture)
ENGL-370 Folklore And The Fairy Tale
ENGL-371 Studies In Women's Literature
ENGL-373 Yiddish Literature In Translation
ENGL-383 Postcolonial African Literature (Postcolonial African Literature)
ENGL-235 Introduction To Creative Writing I
ENGL-335 Written Communications For Business
ENGL-309 Reading & Writing In A Changing Digital Economy
ENGL-340A Elements Of Style For Creative Writers 5
ENGL-346A Critical Writing For Creative Writers
ENGL-374A Hybrid-form Writing
ENGL-376 Advanced Composition
ENGL-377 Argumentative Prose
ENGL-384 Creative Writing: Poetry I &
ENGL-385 Creative Writing: Poetry II
ENGL-386 Creative Writing: Fiction I &
ENGL-387 Creative Writing: Fiction II
ENGL-394 Writing The Personal Essay
ENGL-395 The Craft Of The Short Story
ENGL-396 Screenwriting: The Short Script
Total Hours 36

1. This course is designed as an introduction to the English major and should be taken as early as possible.

2. Note: that the English Department is continually creating new courses. Therefore, the list below is not complete.

3. Note: Gen. Ed. courses (ENGL-201, ENGL-202, and ENGL-203) do not count towards the Major.

4. Note: A limit of six 200-level courses may be applied to the English Major.

5. English 340A is replacing English 240A.

English Majors must complete an electronic portfolio. For more information, please see your English Advisor.

Last updated Oct 2018

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