English, B.A. (Behrend)

Program Code: ELISH_BA

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 6
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 45

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 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.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

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. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C or above in all courses required under Common Requirements, Prescribed, Additional, and Supporting courses.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescibed Courses
ENGL 200Introduction to Critical Reading3
ENGL 312Globality and Literature3
ENGL 403Literature and Culture3
ENGL 482WContemporary Literary and Cultural Theory3
Additional Courses
ENGL 443The English Renaissance3
or ENGL 444 Shakespeare
Requirements for the Option
Select an option30

Requirements for the Option

Literature, Film and Culture Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CMLIT 453Narrative Theory: Film and Literature3
ENGL 420Writing for the Web3
ENGL 494Senior Thesis in English 13-6
PHIL 409Seminar in Aesthetics3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Performing Arts Keystone/General Education Course
The Dramatic Arts in the Mass Media Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits at the 200 level or below from CMLIT or ENGL (except ENGL 50)6
Select 6 credits at the 400 level CMLIT or ENGL courses (except 400-level creative writing workshops)6
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select one of the following:3
Teaching Children's Literature
British Women Writers
Women Writers and Their Worlds
American Women Writers
Professional Writing Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
ENGL 100English Language Analysis3
ENGL 215Introduction to Article Writing3
ENGL 417The Editorial Process3
ENGL 495Internship3
Additional Courses
ENGL 418Advanced Technical Writing and Editing3
or ENGL 419 Advanced Business Writing
Select four of the following, with at least 9 credits at the 400 level: 12
News Writing and Reporting
Applications for Media Writing
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Writing for the Web
Nonfiction Workshop
American Nonfiction Prose
ENGL 479
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Newspaper Practicum
Newspaper Editorial Staff
Introduction to Advertising
Public Relations
Electronic News Gathering and Editing
Reporting Methods
Public Relations Media and Methods
Principles of Marketing

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Apply critical, theoretical, and/or disciplinary approaches to the reading and analysis of texts in multiple genres and/or media.
  2. Analyze the aesthetic and/or cultural significance of the ideas, values, conventions, forms, and genres associated with texts.
  3. Gather, evaluate, and employ an array of research materials in support of critical studies, and/or creative activity, in ways consistent with standards of academic integrity.
  4. Demonstrate writing and rhetorical skills appropriate to critical and/or creative tasks in a variety of media and genres.
  5. Analyze representative literary, theoretical, and cultural texts within significant historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Sara Luttfring, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
146 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6072
sdl164@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

English Literature, Film and Culture Option: English, B.A. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
First Year Seminar1General Education3
ENGL 15 or 30H†‡3General Education3
General Education3200-level or lower ENGL or CMLIT (except ENGL 50)*3
General Education3General Education3
General Education1.5Foreign Language (Level Two)4
Foreign Language (Level One)4 
 15.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200*3ENGL 403*3
ENGL 312*3ENGL 202B†‡3
CAS 100†‡3200-level or ENGL or CMLIT (except ENGL 50)*3
General Education3General Education3
Foreign Language (Level Three)4General Education3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 443 or 444*3ENGL 482W3
PHIL 4093Supporting Course3
COMM 150N, INART 5, or INART 1103BA Knowledge Domain3
General Education3General Education3
Other Cultures3ENGL 4203
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400-Level ENGL Additional Course3ENGL 4943
400-Level ENGL Additional Course 3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain3CMLIT 453 or COMM 4533
Elective3BA Knowledge Domains3
General Education1.5General Education3
 13.5 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

English Professional Writing Option: English, B.A. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
First Year Seminar1General Education3
ENGL 15 or 30H†‡3General Education3
General Education3ENGL 1003
General Education3General Education3
General Education1.5Foreign Language (Level Two)4
Foreign Language (Level One)4 
 15.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200*3ENGL 403*3
ENGL 312*3ENGL 202C or 202D†‡3
CAS 100†‡3COMM or MKTG Support Course3
General Education3General Education3
Foreign Language (Level Three)4General Education3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 443 or 444*3ENGL 482W*3
ENGL 2153400-level ENGL Additional Course3
400-level ENGL Additional Course3200-300 level COMM or ENGL Additional Course3
General Education3General Education3
Other Cultures3BA Knowledge Domain3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 4173ENGL 4953
400-level ENGL Additional Course3ENGL 418 or 4193
BA Knowledge Domain3BA Knowledge Domain3
Electives3Elective3
General Education1.5General Education3
 13.5 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GHW, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) must be completed within the degree requirements.

Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester: ENGL 200, 312, 443/444 & 417 are only offered in the fall; ENGL 403, 420, 418/9, & 482W are only offered in the spring.

Program Notes: Students can double count US & IL requirements for general education courses but not for the Other Cultures requirement.

Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The number of electives required varies per student. Please be sure to consult with an adviser about your intended plan.

Career Paths

Penn State Behrend encourages practice of your professional skills. As an English major, you can write, edit, photograph, or sell advertising for The Behrend Beacon newspaper, or write, produce, or host a show on BVZ Radio or PSB-TV. Or join the editorial staff of Lake Effect, an international literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

An English degree fosters a diverse set of skills that prepare you to thrive in many career fields. These can include education, research, digital media planning, advertising, social media management, professional and technical writing, journalism, publishing, copywriting, public relations, medicine, and law. To help you tailor your degree to your career interests, you’ll pursue one of two options within the major: Literature, Film, and Culture or Professional Writing.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ENGLISH PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A B.A. in English can be the starting point for graduate-level education in … nearly everything! The critical thinking, research, and interpretive skills you’ll learn are valued in any type of post-graduate education. Frequently pursued graduate degrees are the M.F.A. in creative writing, Ph.D. in literature, and teaching certification, but your options are limited only by your imagination. Are you thinking about advanced education in law, advertising, public relations, finance, medicine, journalism, digital media, politics, nonprofit management, the fine arts, counseling, or social work? English can make that happen.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences