English Major Requirements
As an English major, you take, in addition to first-year composition, at least 37 credits in English.
The Department of English at Iowa State University offers a flexible 37-credit English BA degree that allows students to gain experience in fields such as literature, rhetoric, creative writing, English education, literary editing, and professional communication. The Undergraduate Program of Study is designed so that majors can experience the broad, diverse scope of English studies and configure a course plan to match their personal interests. Suggested degree plans for several customizations are available, but students other than those seeking teacher licensure in English eduction may choose and combine courses in any way that meets the minimum requirements for the degree. Students seeking licensure in English education must meet specific requirements indicated below by the *. More information on specific teacher licensure requirements is available in the Dr. Michelle Tremmel.or from the English Education Advisor,
General Requirements for the English BA or BS Degree
All English majors, regardless of their interests, must complete at least 37 credits of coursework in English Department classes. These 37 credits are distributed across four English Major Group Requirements (Texts and Language; Critical Reading and Textual Analysis; Advanced Communication; and 200-, 300- or 400-level English Electives) and one set of Additional and Overlapping Requirements that may be met with courses taken in the Major Group, General Education Requirements, or Electives. Students may receive the English BS degree by taking 12 additional credits in natural science, social science, mathematics, or selected kinesiology courses.
Texts and Language Group 15 cr.
The Texts and Languages Group includes courses that introduce the discipline and its components.
Students choose 5 of the following:
Critical Reading and Textual Analysis 6 cr.
The Critical Reading and Textual Analysis Group includes courses that provide theoretical frameworks for reading and writing and develop textual analysis skills.
Students choose 2 of the following:
Advanced Communication 3 cr.
The Advanced Communication Group includes courses that teach students to communicate effectively within their discipline.
Students choose 1 of the following:*
200-, 300-, and 400-level English Elective Group 12 crs. (does not include English 250)
The English Elective Group includes most courses taught within the Department of English. It allows students to pursue study in the areas of their interests.
Students seeking teacher licensure in English education must complete the following courses as electives:
Additional and Overlapping Requirements
The Additional and Overlapping Requirements Group is designed to ensure that each student
All English majors must complete the following within the 120 credits required for the degree. These requirements may overlap with English Major group requirements (see lists above), with General Education requirements, or with electives.
Adding a Second Major or Minor
All English majors are strongly advised to choose a minor or second major to complement their study of English. All English majors have the option to minor in technical communication, another program offered through the English Department. If you are and English education student, you should consider adding teaching minor, not to be confused with a university minor. The teaching minor is an endorsement to teach in an additional subject area; only certain areas are available and the requirements are prescribed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure and the Iowa Department of Education.