Undergraduate Program (BA)

English

What will you do with an English degree? Plenty. Master valuable professional writing skills to prepare you for fields like publishing, marketing, journalism, web content management and public relations. English also makes a great double-major, or pick up a Writing minor to enhance your degree.

Sample Four-Year English Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
English 115: Rhetoric 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar 3
Core 101 GOA: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Foreign Language I 3
Philosophy 100: Intro to Ethics 3
Mathematics Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Literature & Moral Imagination 3
Theology 111: Theological Foundations 3
Foreign Language II 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives 3
Core 102 GOA: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
English 210: Methods Workshop 3
Scientific Perspective 3
Creative Perspective 3
Theological Perspective 3
Quantitative Reasoning Flag 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
English 221: Poetry 3
Theory/Criticism Major Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
British Literature Major Elective 3
American Literature Major Elective 3
Oral Communications Flag 3
E/RS Elective 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
British or American Literature Major Elective 3
Language/Linguistics Major Elective 3
Diversity Flag 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
English Major Elective 3
English Major Elective 3
Writing Intensive Flag 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
English 499: Senior Seminar 3
English Major Elective 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3
General Elective/Double Major or Minor requirement 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the English major at Xavier:

Rhetoric (ENGL 115) - Intensive theoretical and practical study of discourse. For students who have acquired basic writing skills.

Poetry (ENGL 221) - An intensive critical and historical study of British and American poetry.

Modern Literary Theory (ENGL 302) - Study of contemporary literary theory and its application to selected texts.

History of Literary Criticism (ENGL 303) - From Aristotle through the modern period.

100% of Xavier English Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier English Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions, and expert professors (published on a number of topics) help you succeed and learn. Our Career Development mentoring program will even connect you with Cincinnati-based professionals for real-world experience.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Master the art of writing and communication in ways that will directly transfer to your first job. Get paid to tutor at the Writing Center, grab a for-credit internship at one of Cincinnati's 100+ nonprofit organizations or media companies or write for one of our campus publications.

WRITING CONCENTRATION

The English B.A. with Writing Concentration focuses more deeply on studying, practicing, and researching writing through specialized courses. By the time students complete the program, they will have significantly more experience with a broad writing curriculum.

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