Career Opportunities Teaching, law school, medical school, publishing, editing, creative writing, business and technical communications, library and information science, business, public relations, management, journalism, diplomatic corps, Peace Corps, graduate studies.
Course of Study In addition to the requirements listed below, students are reminded that all majors must demonstrate competency in oral and written communication.
Students who major in English are encouraged, if they wish, to minor in an area outside the discipline. Minors of particular interest may be taken, for example, in communications (for those interested in journalism or public relations), gender studies, history and political science (for those interested in law school), business (for those interested in management), theatre, biology (for those interested in medical school) or science (for those interested in technical writing). Other minors are possible or a student may take elective courses in a variety of disciplines.
English majors have the option of completing a concentration in Creative Writing. English majors with a Creating Writing concentration would take , , and as part of their program.
Liberal Education Requirements
Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.
This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.
- World Understanding Learning
- Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
- Artistic and Creative Imagination
- Communication and Language Fluency
Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.
Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements for Brenau’s bachelor degree programs. This exemption does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T.). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.
World Understanding Learning Portal
Historical Perspective - 3 hours
Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.
Civic Engagement - 3 hours
Demonstate an appreciation of the importance of civic engagement in a global society.
Global Awareness - 3 hours
Demonstrate an understanding of global issues and their implications for local communities.
Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal
Mathematics - 3 hours
Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.
Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.
Science - 7-8 hours
Demonstrate competency in a specific curriculum and appraise the impact of that science in one’s life.
Students must have at least one four-hour lab science plus a second science of three or four hours.
Reasoning 3-4 hours
Be able to think critically and solve problems effectively.
Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal
Fine Arts - 3 hours
Understand artistic concepts and traditions through the experience of artistic endeavors.
Literature - 3 hours
Read and understand literature in its historical context.
Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours
Appreciate ones health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.
- Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
- Non-Women’s College students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau.
- Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.
Communication & Language Fluency Portal
Writing - 6 hours
Compose effective and logical written communication.
Speaking - 3 hours
Demonstrate effective oral communication.
Modern Language - 0-3 hours
Communicate in a modern language other than English.
- Students must have modern language competency through the high beginner (102 or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the communication requirement, if needed, or as a general elective.
- International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 527 (paper based) or its equivalent.
Communication - 3 hours
Apply communication skills in a given context.
Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education, or choose from the courses below. If a student takes 101 and 102 of the same language to satisfy the modern language requirement, the 101 course may satisfy the communication elective.
Major Foundation Courses
These courses are not part of the English major but are required as a prerequiste for almost all major courses.
English Major Requirements
Must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major classes. See the program plan for courses that can be used for both liberal education and the major. A minimum of seven (7) courses applied toward the English major must be at the upper-division (300-400) level.
Historical Period Courses in British and American Literature
Choose four courses from the following list. Students are urged to complete a year-long survey sequence in either American or English Literature.
Comparative or Cultural Focus
Choose four courses from the following list.
Choose one course from the following list.
Select one course from any courses listed within the English major that has not been used.
Creative Writing Concentration
Students have the option of taking the following courses as part of their English major to complete a optional Creative Writing concentration.
Total Required Hours
A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.
Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.