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Academic Program Guide

English (Literature, Media, and Culture)

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Hannah Beth Ragland
Address: 457 Williams Building, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-4230

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Department of English offers students a curriculum that is central to twenty-first century education. One of the largest degree programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the major allows students to emphasize either "Literature, Media & Culture", or "Creative Writing" or "Editing, Writing & Media." Students may also pursue other specialized programs such as Honors in the Major, or independent courses of study. Undergraduate major coursework teaches students how to get more from what they read, and achieve more with what they write. It contributes to critical thinking, to the student's knowledge of human culture, to an understanding of poetry, fiction, drama, film, and non-fiction as cultural artifacts, fundamental to other bodies of human knowledge such as philosophy, history, religion, psychology, classics, and modern languages. In addition to its primary benefit of intellectual and empathetic growth, the English major also offers practical preparation for professional careers in teaching, professional writing, law, medicine , business, religious affairs, all levels of government service, and all aspects of the creative economy.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Complete the following with a C minus grade or higher:
ENC X101 (3) Freshman Composition and
ENC 2135 (3) Freshman Writing, Reading and Research
Or six (6) semester hours of English (ENC) coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Studies, including all freshman English and mathematics, or an AA degree.

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 36 hours
Thirty-six semester hours of English in courses at the 2000 level and above. At least twenty-one semester hours must be in courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels, including at least nine semester hours at the 4000 level. Honors thesis hours may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, but only three semester hours will be accepted for major credit. One English course used to satisfy the humanities requirement for liberal studies may be counted as part of the major. All courses counted toward the major must carry the grade of "C minus" or better.

A minor in another department is also required; all courses counted toward the minor also must carry the grade of "C minus" or better.

Concentration in Literature:

(Students must complete all four courses)

· ENG2012: Intro to English Studies
· LIT3112: Literary History I
· LIT3124: Literary History II
· ENG3014: Understanding Theory

*Core courses should be taken before student reaches ninety (90) semester hours.*

(Students must see an advisor for the list of approved courses)

· Diversity (6 hours)
· Pre-1800 (3 hours)
· Understanding Genres (3 hours)

(Student must take the course after earning at least 90 credit hours)

· ENG4934: Senior Literature Seminar

(Students must complete three courses at 2000+ level)

· AML, ENL, LIT, CRW, ENG or ENC Prefix

Minor Coursework: (12 hours minimum)
At least 12 hours in an approved minor. Specific requirements are determined by the minor area.

Digital Literacy: (0-3 hours)
Undergraduate majors in English satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C minus" or higher in a University approved Digital Literacy course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with a University approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 36
Minor Coursework 12 minimum
Other Coursework 0-12 (depending on foreign language placement)
Digital Literacy 0-3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Note: 3 hours of English may be used to meet both General Education and Major Coursework requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Writer, Press Relations, Teacher, Critic, Personnel Officer, Archivist, Lawyer, Editor/Editorial Assistant, Researcher, Investigator, Administrative Officer, Reporter, Technical Writer, Management Trainee, Public Relations Specialist, Speech Writer, Legislative Assistant, Trainee, Information Specialist.

Representative Employers: Local School Boards; Universities, Colleges, Junior Colleges; Businesses; Publishers of Magazines, Newspapers, Books. An English major can qualify for a variety of positions in Education, State and Federal Government, and private industry and business. English majors are attractive to employers because of their classroom training in analysis, research, and interpretation, and because they are expected to be able to communicate effectively on paper or in public.

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