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Bachelor of Arts in English


Love to read and write? Love being creative? Want in-demand job skills? English majors are poised to be leaders in the knowledge economy in which we live! Employers need skilled, educated and dynamic employees who can research, write, and analyze. English majors learn to do all of these and have fun doing them!

With a degree in English, you will have a broad range of career opportunities and a solid foundation for graduate, law or other professional schools.

You will learn to research, analyze, think and write clearly. Nearly every company in the world seeks employees with excellent presentation and writing skills — skills you will develop while earning your degree.

English is for you if you are:

  • Curious and creative
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Committed to clear, logical communication

Enjoy opportunities in:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Graduate school
  • Publishing
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • Technology
  • Writing

Program Details


As an English major, you’re required to meet with a faculty advisor for course and program advisement. A grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in all major courses is required, in addition to an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher. A minimum of 39 credit hours is required in English courses, of which 36 must be upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses.


A minor is required. You may minor in linguistics, literary editing, or professional and technical writing, or choose a minor in another academic department.

Language Requirement

You must take either 12 credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts. Any 3000 or 4000 level English class may be used as a language arts course, but one course (3 credits) with a primary emphasis on language or writing is strongly recommended. Courses chosen for the BA language requirement cannot also be counted toward the English major.

Degree Completion

You must complete: 

  • WSU general education, diversity, Bachelor of Arts, major and minor requirements
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in residency* 
  • A minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours
  • Graduation requirements within 6 years for baccalaureate degrees

Weber State Catalog: Course and degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English

*Residency means credit hours taken at WSU