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Bachelor of Arts

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The IU Southeast English Department helps students develop the analytic and communication skills they need to compete in the evolving world market of critical ideas.

Our dedicated department is large enough to offer Literature and Writing courses on a broad range of topics, but still small enough for students to make personal connections with their peers and professors. Recent courses have included:

  • Western World Masterpieces
  • Medieval English Literature in Translation
  • American Film Culture
  • Writing in the Arts and Sciences
  • Critical Practices
  • Writing for the Web

We take pride in our teaching, and our commitment to classroom excellence ensures that students engage in lively, thoughtful, and rigorous scholarship.

Students also have opportunities to publish their own work and gain experience in fields of writing and publishing by joining the staff of the IU Southeast Review, the IU Southeast Undergraduate Research Journal, or the Voice, the Magazine of the School of Arts and Letters.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of English Residency Requirements

The Department of English enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts in English Requirements

General Education Requirement (3 cr.)

  • W 290 Writing in the Arts and Sciences (3 cr.) (minimum grade: C; should be completed within the first 60 credit hours of college credit)

Core Requirements for a Major in English (18 Cr.)

  1. L 140 Introduction to English Studies (3 cr.)
  2. L 371 Critical Practices (3 cr.)
    Students should take L 140, W 290, and L 371 as soon as possible after declaring a major. English majors need to take L 140 and L 371 before they can enroll in any 300-level or higher elective courses. With permission from the instructor, students may take an upper-division course concurrently with L 140 and L 371.
  3. Two British literature survey courses from L 297, L 298, L 299 (or an approved substitute) (6 cr.)
  4. Two American literature survey courses from L 351, L 352, L 354 (or an approved substitute) (6 cr.)

Concentration-Specific Electives (See Literature and Writing Concentration Links)

  • Literature Concentration 15 cr. in Literature (ENG-L), at least 12 of which must be at the 300 level or above (Note: ENG-L 351, 352, and 354 may not be counted as electives)
  • Writing Concentration 15 cr. in Writing (ENG-W); see Bulletin for specific requirements

Concentration-Specific Capstone Courses (See Literature and Writing Concentration Links)

  • Literature Concentration 15 cr. for a total of 33 cr. (not counting the W290 General Education requirement)
  • Writing Concentration 18 cr. for a total of 36 cr. (not counting the W290 General Education requirement)

Substitutions

English majors may substitute any 300- or 400-level literature elective with appropriate historical breadth for L 297, L 298, L 299, L 351, L 352, or L 354; such substitutions cannot also be used as elective credit. See the Schedule of Classes for electives that may be substituted for these surveys or speak with your departmental advisor.

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