English, B.Hum.

Program Code: ENGCA_BHUM

Entrance to Major

Entry to the English major requires:

  1. a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average; and
  2. satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance-to-major.

Entry to English Major, Secondary Education option requires the following additional requirements:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Completion of ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 and three credits of literature from approved list with a C or higher grade.
  3. Completion of six credits of college-level mathematics (MATH or STAT prefixes) with a C or higher grade.
  4. Satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for the major.

Selective Retention (secondary education option)

Following entrance to the major, students will be evaluated for retention in the program based on:

  1. maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. completion of required courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. an acceptable or above rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.1

To be eligible to student teach, students must:

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. complete with a C or higher grade all required Content and Education Courses;
  3. Satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to major;
  4. submit and pass the Writing Proficiency Portfolio that demonstrates their proficiency as writers (see English Program Coordinator for specific instructions and deadlines);
  5. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.1

In order to successfully complete the Secondary Education option, students must:

  1. complete EDUC 490 with a grade of C or higher;
  2. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. complete with a grade of C or higher, all required Content and Education Courses;
  4. complete a presentation portfolio; and
  5. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.1

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Humanities degree in English, a minimum of 120 credits is required; for the Bachelor of Humanities degree in English with Secondary Education Option, a minimum of 122 credits is required; for the Bachelor of Humanities degree in English with a Creative Writing Option, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-18
Bachelor of Humanities Degree Requirements 18
Requirements for the Major 45-74

0-15 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: General English Option, 6 credits of General Education Arts (GA) and/or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) courses; Secondary Education Option, 6 credits of General Education Quantification (GQ) courses, 3 credits of General Education Social Sciences (GS) courses, and 6 credits of General Humanities (GH) courses. (Note: Creative Writing Option - 0 credits of General Education).

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.

Requirements for the Major

At least 15 credits of Prescribed, Additional, and/or Supporting courses must be taken at the 400 level.

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)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 200WIntroduction to Critical Reading3
ENGL 444Shakespeare3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
British Literature to 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature to 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature from 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature from 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
American Literature to 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 231W
American Literature from 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 232W
Supporting Courses and Related Areas 1
Select 3 credits in American ethnic literature or African-American literature from department list3
Select 3 credits in world literature or comparative literature from department list3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in American literature at the 300 or 400 level from department list3
Select 3 credits in British literature at the 300 or 400 level from department list3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option24-53

Requirements for the Option

Creative Writing Option (27 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better:
COMM 342WIdea Development and Media Writing3
ENGL 212Introduction to Fiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 213Introduction to Poetry Writing3
ENGL 214Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing3
Addtional Courses
In semesters 3-5, take 6 credits from this list:6
The Graphic Novel Keystone/General Education Course 1
Literature and the Natural World Keystone/General Education Course 1
Science Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
The Literature of Fantasy Keystone/General Education Course
Journal or Magazine Practicum
The Process of Writing
Introduction to Writing Studies
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Writing for the Screen I
In semesters 5-8, take 6 credits from this list:6
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Writing for the Web
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Writing Workshop
Creative Writing and the Natural World
Nonfiction Workshop
Special Topics
Special Topics
Writing for the Screen II
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits from courses designated as Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric or from the department approved list 23
General English Option (24 credits)
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
English Language Analysis
Science Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 196
Exploring Literary Forms
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Drama Keystone/General Education Course
Authors, Texts, Contexts
Studies in Genre
History of the English Language
Twentieth-Century Poetry
Contemporary Literary Theory and Practice
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Creative Writing Keystone/General Education Course
The Process of Writing
Introduction to Fiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Introduction to Article Writing
Peer Tutoring in Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Science Writing
The Editorial Process
Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
Advanced Business Writing
Writing for the Web
Advanced Expository Writing
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Writing Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Rhetorical Theory and Practice
The Capstone Course in Professional Writing
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits in Literature, Writing, and/or Rhetoric12
Select 6 credits from General Education Arts (GA) and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Secondary Education Option (53 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDUC 313Field Observation2
EDUC 314Learning Theory and Instructional Procedures3
EDUC 315YSocial and Cultural Factors in Education3
EDUC 322Adolescent Literature and Developmental Reading3
EDUC 416Teaching Secondary English and the Humanities3
EDUC 458Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 490Student Teaching12
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDUC 459Strategies for Effective Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms3
ENGL 470Rhetorical Theory and Practice3
Additional Courses
Select 6 credits of General Education Quantification courses (GQ) with a MATH or STAT prefix6
Select 3 credits of GH literature from department list3

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

Harrisburg

Maggie Gerrity, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building, W355
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6629
mlg34@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).

Harrisburg Campus

English

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
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
Quantification (GQ)3Quantification (GQ)3
General Education3General Education3
General Education3General Education3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education3
 General Education (GHW)1.5
 13.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education 3General Education3
General Education 3ENGL 202B3
General Education 3ENGL 221, 221W, 222, 222W, 231, ENGL 231W, ENGL 232, or ENGL 232W3
Elective6Elective6
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200W*3HUM 300W3
Select 3 credits of English (ENGL) from approved list (see below)3ENGL 444*3
Select from Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric from department list3Select from Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric from department list3
BHUM Degree required course3ENGL 100, 191, 262, 263, 265, 268, 400, 401, 407, 458, or 4823
Elective3BHUM degree required course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HUM 4003Select from Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric from department list6
Select 3 credit from American Ethnic Literature or African-American Literature list (see below)3BHUM Degree required course3
Select 3 credits from World or Comparative Literature list (see below)3Select 3 credits from Upper Level American Literature list (see below)*3
Select 3 credits from Upper Level British Literature list (see below)*3Elective3
BHUM Degree required course3 
 15 15
Total Credits 120

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.

English Secondary Education

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
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
Quantification (GQ) (EDPSY 101, MATH or STAT)# * 3Quantification 3
General Education3General Education3
General Education3HDFS 2393
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education3
 General Education (GHW)1.5
 13.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDPSY 143CI 2803
Literature Course3ENGL 202B3
General Education3BHUM Degree required course6
Select 3 credits from American Ethnic Literature or African-American Literature list (see below)3Select 3 credit from World or Comparative Literature list (see below)3
ENGL 2221 or ENGL 221W or ENGL 222 or ENGL 222W or ENGL 231 or ENGL 231W or ENGL 232 or ENGL 232W3General Education3
 15 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200W*3HUM 300W3
Select 3 credits from Upper Level American Literature list (see below)*3ENGL 444*3
BHUM Degree required course6EDUC 3223
EDUC 3132EDUC 315Y3
EDUC 3143EDUC 4583
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HUM 4003EDUC 49012
ENGL 470*3 
Select 3 credit from Upper Level British Literature list (see below)*3 
EDUC 4163 
EDUC 459*3 
 15 12
Total Credits 122

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.

Advising Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

English/Creative Writing Option

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
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
Quantification (GQ)3Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course (ENGL 50 suggested)3
General Education Course3General Education Course 3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course 3General Education Course3
General Education Course 3ENGL 202B3
General Education Course3Elective 3
General Education Course3Select 3 credits in Literature, Writing or Rhetoric from department list3
ENGL 212, 213, 214, or COMM 342W*3ENGL 212, 213, 214, or COMM 342W*3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200W*3HUM 300W3
ENGL 221, 222, 221W, 222W, 231, 232, ENGL 231W, or ENGL 232W3ENGL 444*3
ENGL 136, 180, 191, 192, 209, 210, 211, 262, 263, 265, 268, or COMM 346*3ENGL 212, ENGL 213, ENGL 214, or COMM 346*3
ENGL 212, 213, 214, or COMM 342W3ENGL 136, ENGL 180, ENGL 191, ENGL 192, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, ENGL 211, ENGL 262, ENGL 263, ENGL 265, ENGL 268 or COMM 346*3
BHUM Degree Required Course3BHUM Degree Required Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HUM 4003ENGL 412 or ENGL 413, ENGL 415, ENGL 420, ENGL 422, ENGL 423, ENGL 424, ENGL 425, ENGL 497, ENGL 498 or COMM 4463
ENGL 412, 413, 415, 420, 422, 423, 424, 425, 497, 498, or COMM 4463Select 3 credits in American Ethnic Literature or African-American literature from department list (400-level preferred)3
Select 3 credits in World or Comparative Literature from Department List3BHUM Degree required course3
Select 3 credit in British Literature at the 300-400 level from department list*3Select 3 credit in American literature at the 300-400-level from department list*3
BHUM Degree required course3Elective0-2
 15 12-14
Total Credits 117-119

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.

Career Paths

Penn State Harrisburg graduates in English have found success as writers, librarians, teachers, graduate students in MFA and other writing programs, and more. Many of these students' testimonials are available on our website.

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

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Additional graduate study is available in creative writing and literature as part of the Master of Arts in Humanities.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

This program has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Secondary Education Option earned National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approval.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
Olmsted Building, W356
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
mpf5451@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/humanities/english/bachelor-humanities-english