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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Worthington Scranton


Abington College (ENGAB)
Altoona College (ENGAL)
University College (ENGCC): Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State York
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ENGL)

PROFESSOR Mark Morrisson, Department Head

Majors explore the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language. They develop perspectives on human nature and cultural values through American, British, and other English literatures; they learn how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; they gain mastery over their language. These skills help English majors find careers in such fields as publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching. English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but in such areas as law, business, education, or other liberal disciplines.

Majors can emphasize writing, literature, or rhetoric, or a mix of literature, writing, and rhetoric. All provide a liberal education and all develop analytic and writing skills. Qualified students may participate in the career internship and in the English honors program.

Students interested in earning certification in secondary education should contact the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)

For the B.A. degree in English, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)



ELECTIVES: 18 credits

(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)


Select 3 credits from ENGL 200(3) or ENGL 201 GH(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits of a 300/400-level course in each of the following areas:
Medieval through Sixteenth Century (Sem: 1-8)
Sixteenth Century through Eighteenth Century (Sem: 1-8)
The Nineteenth Century (Sem: 1-8)
Twentieth Century to the Present (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 494H(3) or ENGL 487W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

In consultation with adviser, select 18 credits in literature, writing, or rhetoric (Sem: 1-8)
(At least 9 credits must be at the 300/400 level)

At least 3 of the 300/400 level credits must fulfill a departmental diversity requirement for a course related to race, gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, and/or postcolonial issues).

Integrated B.A./M.A. Program in English

The BA in English requires a minimum of 123 credits, with 36 of those credits required for the English major-3 credits of English 200, 3 credits of English 201, 3 credits of English 221, 18 credits of English 300 level or above, 3 credits of pre-1800 300 level or above, 3 credits of post-1800 race, ethnic, or minority literatures 300 level or above, 3 credits of English 487W, senior seminar.

The B.A./M.A. consists of these 36 English credits of the B.A., plus an additional 24 English credits of M.A. work distributed as follows: 12 credits of English 512, 513, or 515. English 512, 513, and 515 can be repeated for credit. In addition, students will take 6 credits of a graduate-level literature and 6 credits of M.A. Master’s paper, 596, to support work on a major project that will be the centerpiece of each student’s culminating Master’s paper. In the Master’s paper, students receiving an M.A. in English with a creative writing concentration will append their Master’s paper with a bibliographic essay referencing primary and/or secondary sources generated by their research for the paper. The essay can discuss the range of research modalities, including contextual background in the work itself as well as contemporary and historic literature that has influenced the style and form of the Master’s paper. Sources consulted for contextual background can include library and database materials, historical research, oral history, interviews, and other bibliographic tools.  12 credits, 6 at the 400 level (412/413/415) and 6 at the 500 level (512/513/515), will be double counted between the B.A. and the M.A. The IUG B.A./M.A. consists of a total of 60 English credits.

A minimum of 141 credits are required to complete the IUG B.A/M.A. in English.

Time of Admission to the Program

Students shall be admitted to the English IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree, as specified in the proposed IUG plan of study.

Application to the English IUG would typically occur in the junior year after a student has completed 60 credits, enrolled in the English major, and completed two English courses in creative writing.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the integrated B.A./M.A. program will be based on the submission of a portfolio of creative work and a plan of study to the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the B.A./M.A. program. Applications typically will be filed during the 5th or 6th semesters of study, and applicants must have achieved a minimum of 60 credits and a 3.3 overall GPA and 3.6 GPA in English to begin the program. The English Director of Graduate Studies will ensure that the applicant meets the minimum credit and GPA requirements for the program. The Director of the B.A./M.A. program will evaluate the quality of the student’s creative work and the applicant’s plan for fulfilling the requirements of the M.A. in English. The Director of the B.A./M.A. program, in consultation with the Creative Writing faculty, will have final approval for what constitutes an acceptable level of creative work and an acceptable plan for the completion of the M.A.

The application procedure requires submission of the following:

  1. Support Letters from Faculty and Administrators (addressed to the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the B.A./M.A. program)
  2. A Personal Statement
  3. Portfolio of Creative Work
  4. A Plan of Study
  5. A transcript and degree audit printed from e-Lion
  6. A current resume or curriculum vita
  7. A copy of the completed on-line Graduate School Application (GRE scores are not required).

Plan of Study and Advising

Prior to the application process, students should communicate their intent to enroll in the IUG to the English B.A. adviser and the Director of the B.A./M.A. program. The Director of the B.A./M.A. will help each student identify an appropriate series of English courses to properly prepare each student for the 500-level M.A. workshops and 500-level literature courses.

Students will be expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 for all undergraduate coursework and a GPA of 3.6 in English (ENGL) courses throughout the IUG program of study. Failure to do so will result in the student being advised that he/she must regain a GPA of 3.3 within one semester. If the GPA is not 3.3 or higher in general undergraduate coursework and 3.6 or higher in English coursework after that term, the student will be dropped from the IUG.

Each student enrolled in the B.A./M.A. will meet at the beginning of each term with the Director of the B.A./M.A. to discuss his or her progress through the M.A. degree and to make sure that he or she is following the plan established upon his or her admission to the B.A./M.A. program.

If the student decides not to continue on in the IUG, the student may, contingent on fulfilling all other requirements for the BA in English, graduate with a B.A. in English.

Sequence of Courses

The IUG B.A./M.A. consists of a total of 60 English credits. A minimum of 141 credits are required to complete the IUG B.A/M.A. in English.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-106

Review Date: 8/23/2016




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