English, B.A. (University College)

Program Code: ENGUC_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 123 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 18
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 36

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 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.

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

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade 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)

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 200Introduction to Critical Reading3
or ENGL 201 What is Literature Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 494HSenior Thesis in English3
or ENGL 487W Senior Seminar
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
In consultation with adviser, select 18 credits in literature, writing, or rhetoric. 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. 18
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option12

Requirements for the Option

Traditions of Innovation Option (12 Credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Brandywine, Scranton, University Park

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 300/400 level course in each of the following areas:12
Medieval through Sixteenth Century
Sixteenth Century through Eighteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century
Twentieth Century to the Present
Writing and Literature in Context Option (12 Credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny,  Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, York

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 400-level pre-1800 courses3
Select 3 credits of 400-level post-1800 courses 3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of English courses at any level6

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

Brandywine

Paul deGategno
Professor of English
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1465
pjd15@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Scranton

Paul Perrone
Assistant Teaching Professor
13 Library Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2660
pjp3@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

David Chin
Program Coordinator, English
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9247
dpc5@psu.edu

York

Jennifer Nesbitt
Associate Professor of English
229 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
717-771-4027
jpn12@psu.edu

Abington

Liliana Naydan
Assistant Professor of English
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7585
lmn122@psu.edu

Altoona

Erin C. Murphy
Professor of English
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

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).

Brandywine Campus

English, B.A. at Brandywine 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
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
World Language Level 14-6World Language Level 24-6
 16-18 14.5-16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 221*3ENGL 201*†3
General Education Course3ENGL 222, 231, or 232*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202B3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
World Language Level 3 or General Education Course3-4General Education Course3
Elective3 
 16.5-17.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200*3ENGL Course Any-level *3
ENGL Course 400-level/Pre-1800 Literature*3ENGL Course 400-level*3
BA Fields Course3BA Fields Course3
BA Other Cultures Course3General Education Course3
General Education Courses3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL Course 400-level*3ENGL 487W or 310H*3
ENGL Course 400-level/Post-1800: Race, Gender, Ethnic, Minority, Postcolonial Lit*3ENGL Course 400-level*3
ENGL Course Any-level*3BA Fields Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 122-127

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.

Greater Allegheny Campus

English, B.A. at Greater Allegheny 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
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
Literature, Writing or Rhetoric Course*3Literature, Writing or Rhetoric Course*3
World Language level 14World Language level 24
PSU 81General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Literature, Writing or Rhetoric Course*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
World Language level 34ENGL 200 or 201*3
General Education Course3BA Fields Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
300- or 400-level Literature, Writing or Rhetoric Course*3ENGL 400-level Course (Medieval - 16th Century)*3
ENGL 400-level Course (Diversity)*3ENGL 400-level Course (16th - 18th Century)*3
General Education Course 3Elective (ENGL 209 recommended)3
General Education Course3BA Fields Course3
General Education Course3BA Other Cultures Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 400-level Course (19th Century)*3300- or 400-level Literature, Writing or Rhetoric Course*3
ENGL 400-level Course (20th Century - Present)*3ENGL 487W*3
BA Fields Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3-4
 15 15-16
Total Credits 124-125

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.

Scranton Campus

Traditions of Innovation Option: English, B.A. at Scranton 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
ENGL 15 (or honors dquivalent (GWS))3CAS 100 (or honors equivalent (GWS))3
ENGL 111 (or BA requirement)3Concentration Course*3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
First-Year Seminar or General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language I4World Language II4
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200 or 201*3Concentration Course*3
Quantification (GQ)3Elective3
ENGL 111 (or BA requirement)3General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3General Education Course3
World Language III4BA Requirement3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3English 4XX*3
English 4XX*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Requirement3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
English 4XX*3ENGL 4XX*3
Concentration Course*3ENGL 487W*3
BA Other Cultures3General Education Health and Wellness1.5
BA Requirement3Elective3
General Education Health and Wellness1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

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.

Program Notes:

  • General Education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the General Education courses they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.
  • Scheduling patterns vary according to course offerings.
  • Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) courses must be completed within the degree requirements; these courses may not be used to fulfill the Other Cultures requirements.

Writing and Literature in Context Option: English, B.A. at Scranton 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
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3
General Education Course3CAS 100#*†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language (level 001)4World Language (level 002)4
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
PSU 81 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3
ENGL 200 or 201*3Elective3
ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3General Education Course3
World Language (level 003)4BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, Quantification or World Language3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3400-level ENGL from period selection*3
400-level ENGL from period selection*3ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202 (GWS)3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification, or World Language3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400-level ENGL from period selection*3400-level ENGL from period selection*3
ENGL literature, writing, or rhetoric*3ENGL 487W*3
Other Cultures3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification or World Language3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 124

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.

Advising Notes:

  • This document is only for planning purposes and cannot replace working with an academic adviser. Each student pursues their own path and campuses differ in their ENGL offerings. Most students are "off the plan" after one semester.
  • One 400-level course must meet the diversity requirement for the major.
  • Two general education courses (GQ, GN, GA, GH, GS) must be integrative studies courses - Interdomain or linked.
  • Depending on placement and proficiency, world language courses may need to be replaced with elective credits.
  • Students are required to take one Writing across the Curriculum course.
  • "Other Cultures" courses may overlap with a general education requirement.

Program Notes:

  • General Education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the General Education courses they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.
  • Scheduling patterns vary according to course offerings.
  • Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) courses must be completed within the degree requirements; these courses may not be used to fulfill the Other Cultures requirements.

Wilkes-Barre Campus

English, B.A. at Wilkes-Barre 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
ENGL 153CAS 100A3
General Education (GQ)3General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language level 14World Language level 24
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 ENGL 50 ( or literature selection)* 3
PSU 81 
 15.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 201* 3Literature, Writing or Rhetoric selection3
ENGL 221* 3General Education Course3
World Languague level 34ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
General Education course3Elective3
Elective3General Education course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200* 3300/400-level Literature before 1800* 3
300/400-level multicultural literature after 1800* 3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education course3Other Cultures3
General Education course3Elective3
Bachelor of Arts area3300/400-level Literature, Writing or Rhetoric* 3
 Bachelor of Arts area3
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
300/400-level Literature, Writing or Rhetoric* 3ENGL 487W*3
Bachelor of Arts area3300/400-level Literature, Writing or Rhetoric3
Literature, Writing or Rhetoric selection* 3General Education course3
General Education course3Elective4
Elective3 
 15 13
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.

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.

York Campus

Traditions of Innovation Option: English, B.A. at York 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
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
World Language course4English Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3
General Education course9World Language course4
 General Education course6
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200 or 201*3ENGL Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3
ENGL Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3Elective3
World Language course4General Education course6
General Education course6BA requirement, General Education course, or World Language course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3400 level ENGL period selection*3
ENGL 4XX from period selection*3ENGL 2023
BA requirement, General Education course, or World Language course3Elective3
Elective3General Education course3
General Education course3ENGL Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL Literature, Writing, or Rhetoric*3400 level ENGL period selection*3
400 level ENGL period selection*3Elective6
Other Cultures course3ENGL 487W*3
BA requirement, General Education course, or World Language course3General Education course (GHW)1-3
General Education course (GHW)1-3 
Elective3 
 16-18 13-15
Total Credits 122-126

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.

Program Notes:

  • General Education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the General Education courses they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.
  • Scheduling patterns vary according to course offerings.
  • Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) courses must be completed within the degree requirements; these courses may not be used to fulfill the Other Cultures requirements.

Writing and Literature in Context Option: English, B.A. at York 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
ENGL 15 (or honors equivalent (GWS))3CAS 100 (or honors equivalent (GWS))3
General Education Course or BA Requirement3English Elective (100-200 level)*3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
First-Year Seminar or General Education Course3Natural Sciences (GN)3
World Language I4World Language II4
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 200 or 201*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
Quantification (GQ)3Natural Sciences (GN)3
General Education Course or BA Requirement3General Education Course3
BA Fields3English Elective (100-200 level)*3
World Language III4Health and Wellness3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 400-level course (work with adviser)3ENGL 400-level course (work with adviser)3
English Elective/Concentration Course (any level)3English Elective/Concentration Course (any level)3
General Education Course/BA Requirement/Elective3BA Fields3
Arts (GA)3General Education Course3
English Supporting Course3English Supporting Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 487W*3ENGL 400-level course (work with adviser)*3
ENGL 400-level course (work with adviser)*3ENGL 400-level course (work with adviser)*3
English Elective/Concentration Course (any level)*3General Education Course3
BA Other Cultures3English Supporting Course3
English Supporting Course3English Supporting Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 123

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.

Advising Notes:

  • This document is only for planning purposes and cannot replace working with an academic adviser. Each student pursues their own path and campuses differ in their ENGL offerings. Most students are "off the plan" after one semester.
  • One 400-level course must meet the diversity requirement for the major.
  • Two general education courses (GQ, GN, GA, GH, GS) must be integrative studies courses - Interdomain or linked.
  • Depending on placement and proficiency, world language courses may need to be replaced with elective credits.
  • Students are required to take one Writing across the Curriculum course.
  • "Other Cultures" courses may overlap with a general education requirement.

Program Notes:

  • General Education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the General Education courses they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.
  • Scheduling patterns vary according to course offerings.
  • Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) courses must be completed within the degree requirements; these courses may not be used to fulfill the Other Cultures requirements.

Career Paths

Careers

Our graduates use their training in careers as attorneys, publishers and writers of all types, public relations directors, foreign service specialists, and entrepreneurs, as well teachers and education professionals.

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

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but in such areas as law, medicine, business, education, or other liberal disciplines.

Professional Resources

Contact

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1465
pjd15@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/english

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/english-ba

Scranton

13 Library Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2660
pjp3@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/english

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9247
dpc5@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/english

York

Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
717-771-4027
jpn12@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/english

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7385
eak1@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/english

Altoona

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/english/request-information

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
434 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0258
sfc10@psu.edu

http://english.la.psu.edu/undergraduate