The Bachelor’s Degree

The B.A. in English prepares students for a life appreciating the power and beauty of language. It also prepares students for a variety of careers in many sectors, including Education, Business, Law, and Healthcare, through a focus on creative, cultural, and critical thinking skills. When an English major graduates, (s)he has the skills and opportunities to excel in almost any field. 


All English majors or minors are assigned academic advisors. Academic advisors assist students in developing appropriate, individualized courses of study. Students may choose a different academic advisor at any time to ensure they are fulfilling all degree requirements. Students should consult with academic advisors each semester and especially before enrolling for their final semester. Doing otherwise could result in delaying progress toward graduation. Please note that students pursuing teaching licensure must consult regularly with the Teacher Education Program (TEP) faculty liaison in the Department of English and Modern Languages as well as with the academic advisor in the Teacher Education Program during their entire course of study.

NOTE about ECCE Courses:

As general education courses, most ECCE courses may not be used to fulfill requirements for the English major or minor. Only ENG 368 will be allowed to fulfill a requirement for the English major. Students need to obtain approval through a Student Petition form.

Transfer Policy

The department will assess the records of incoming transfer students to determine an appropriate degree plan. This plan may include taking lower-division classes to prepare students for the rigor of upper-division course work.  Requests for transfer credit for upper-division course work will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Grading Policy

Faculty members assign course grades according to campus policy and the grading criteria of each individual course. Students must complete ENG 303 with a C or better to proceed to 400-level course work.

Honors in English

In order to be eligible for admission to the English Honors Program, students must have:

  • Completed 72 credit hours towards their B.A.;
  • Completed Research Methods in English with a full B or better;
  • A 3.50 overall GPA at UIS;
  • A 3.60 GPA in English.

Students who meet these eligibility requirements can apply to be admitted to the Department Honors Program by submitting a proposal (200-250 words) to the department chair that outlines the honors project (s)he hopes to complete in ENG 498 Honors Project with a faculty mentor from the English Department. The submission deadline is March 1 for fall graduation and October 1 for spring and summer graduation. Students should apply for admission no later than their second-to-last semester. In order to receive the honors designation, a student must complete ENG 498 with an A, maintain a 3.5 overall GPA at UIS at the time of graduation, and maintain a 3.6 GPA in English at the time of graduation.

Degree Requirements for On-Campus and Online Majors

All majors require foundational knowledge in literature, writing and linguistics. UIS courses that satisfy the foundation requirements are listed below. Course work equivalent to the foundation requirements taken at other institutions may be approved by petition. 

Foundation Requirements
ENG 109 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENG 137 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG 139 Introduction to English Studies Lab 1
ENG 152 Introduction to World Literature 3
ENG 241 Early British Literature 3
ENG 242 British Literature Since 1600 3
ENG 245 Early American Literature 3
ENG 246 American Literature-1865 to the Present 3
ENG 272 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Core Requirements
ENG 303 Research Methods in English Studies 3
ENG 304 Research Methods Lab 1 1
ENG 365 Children’s and Young Adult Literature 3
ENG 371 Creative Writing Poetry 3
ENG 372 Fiction Writing 3
ENG 409 Rhetoric and Composition in Digital Media 3
ENG 466 Digital Technologies in English Studies 3
ENG 489 Capstone 3
Elective Requirements
Select one of the following genre courses: 3
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Film
Select one of the following editing courses: 3-4
Professional Writing
ECCE: Creative Writing, Publishing, and Community
Select one of the following writing courses: 3
Non-Fiction Writing
Writing in New Media
Select two (2) 300-level Literature Courses 6-7
Select two (2) 400-level Literature Courses 6-7
Total Hours 68-71

1 Transfer students must take ENG 304. Students who have already taken ENG 139 do not need to take ENG 304.