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Degree Requirements: Majors & Minors

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Students interested in any English degree should first consult the academic catalog for their year. To access the online versions of these catalogs click here .

Bachelor of Arts in English (General Info)


Provides personalized learning opportunities leading to advanced studies or a variety of careers including teaching, writing, editing, linguistics, and literature.  The various programs help students develop a broad knowledge of literature, language, and writing to foster analytical and critical skills.  Students encounter new ideas; appreciate aesthetic and practical language; become impassioned readers, writers, and thinkers; and gain perspectives in assimilating and evaluating their new experiences.

Note: For LACC literature requirements, English majors and Language Arts Secondary Teaching majors should take ENG 107 and ENG 108; ENG 109 is also recommended. Students who already have taken ENG 104, 105, 106, FR 110, or GL 110 should see their English advisor to substitute for ENG 107 and/or 108 on their Academic Program Form. All students should complete ENG 218W as early in their English Core as possible. Please see the Advising Guide page for more suggestions.

Common Core (41 credits)

The Common Core is a set of courses that the English department requires of all their majors, regardless of track (literature, linguistics, writing language arts secondary teaching). Students minoring in English need not complete the common core. Before taking common course literature couses (ENG prefix), students must complete two LACC literature courses. See above.

ENG 218W Introduction to Literary Study (4)

LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

WR 230 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition Studies

ENG 204, 205, 206 Survey of British Literature (12)

ENG 253, 254 Survey of American Literature (8)

ENG 301 Shakespeare (4)

LING 315 Structure of English I (4)

HUM 450 Senior Portfolio (1) [Not required for Language Arts]

B.A. in English / Literature Focus (69 credits)

Common Core (see above, 41 credits)

ENG 318 Contemporary Literary Theory (4)

Three 300-level literature courses (12) [no more than one course from ENG 380-89]

Three 400-level literature courses (12)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the relation of literary works to a variety of traditions and genres. 
  2. Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature.
  3. Analyze relationships between literature and culture, society, and the individual.

B.A. in English / Linguistics Focus (68-69 credits)

Common Core (see above, 41 credits)

LING 312 Language and Society (4)

LING 370 Discourse and Text (4)

Three 400-level linguistics courses (12)

One upper-division writing course (4)

One upper-division Humanities elective (3-4)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze issues in language usage, language variation, language acquisition and history of the English language, with special attention to writing, literacy and language arts.
  2. Explain and analyze structure and function in the English language system.
  3. Analyze the relationship between language and culture, society and the individual.

B.A. in English / Writing Focus (67-69 credits)

Common Core (see above, 41 credits)

Three 300-level writing classes (11-12; may include TA 330 Script Writing)

Three different 400-level writing classes for a minimum of (12)

One upper-division Humanities elective (3-4)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate appropriate aims of discourse, rhetorical strategies and artistic craft.
  2. Apply writing theory to practice.
  3. Analyze the relationship between writing and culture, society and the individual.

All English Department Minors

Students planning a minor in English, Linguistics or Writing need to be aware of prerequisites for upper-division courses. Students with a major in one of these areas and a minor in another need to plan with an adviser additional classes in the minor to replace courses taken in the common core. See the Advising Guide page for a list of advisors as well as helpful hints for pursuing your degree.

Literature minor (20 credits)

  • ENG 218 Introduction to Literary Study (4)
  • Approved upper-division literature courses (16)

Linguistics minor (20 credits)

  • LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4)
  • LING 315 Structure of English I (4)
  • Approved upper-division linguistics courses (12)

Writing minor (19-20 credits)

  • WR 222 or WR 230 (4)
  • Approved upper-division writing courses (15-16; may include TA 330 Script Writing)


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