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Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, earn a C or better in 3203, and have no more than one D counting toward graduation. Students will complete ENG 1013 and 1023, as well as a minimum of 36 hours in advanced English.

English Core

All English majors, regardless of track must take the English Core, which includes the following courses:

  • Introduction to English Studies, ENG 3113
  • Linguistics, ENG 3303, 3363, or 3373
  • Introduction to World Literature, ENG 3033
  • Choose two: Drama, ENG 3043; Fiction, 3053; Poetry, 3063; or Film and Lit, 3273
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition, ENG 3203

Students on the Literature and Rhetoric and Writing tracks must also take the Senior Capstone in English, ENG 4983.

Track-Specific Requirements

Each track includes its own set of courses, allowing students to specialize in either literature, rhetoric and writing, or teacher certification. To find out more about the specific requirements for each track, visit the TWU Undergraduate Catalog:


All English majors must complete at least 18 hours in a minor field of study. For students on the Teacher Certification track, courses taken in the College of Professional Education count as the minor field of study.

English, Speech, and Foreign Languages offers a minor in Spanish as well as a partnership with University of North Texas for a minor in journalism.

Foreign Language Requirements

Student may choose from one of the options in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the degree in English.

  • 12 hours in one foreign language,
  • 6 hours each in two foreign languages, or
  • 9 hours in one foreign language and 3 hours in American Sign Language

Minor in English or Spanish

No grade lower than C will count toward an English minor or Spanish minor.

For a minor in English, the requirement is 12 semester credit hours in the department beyond first-year composition for a total of 18 credit hours.  At least 6 semester credit hours must be advanced and must include one 3000-level writing course (ENG 4203 or ENG 4433). At least 3 semester credit hours of the 6 advanced semester credit hours must be completed at TWU.

The Spanish minor requires these courses:  SPAN 1013, SPAN 1023, SPAN 1033, SPAN 1043, SPAN 3153, and SPAN 3163.  Students may not take more than one Spanish class at a time.  At least one of the advanced courses must be taken at TWU.

Find out more about the BA in English

Application information. This includes information on majoring in English as well as links to university Admissions and Financial Aid.

Forms for current majors. This link includes degree plans, forms for independent studies, and more.


Undergraduate scholarships: Undergraduates can find scholarships available for application in the Pioneer Scholarship System.

Organizational scholarships: In addition to the departmental scholarships, look for organizational scholarships that are not listed in the Pioneer Scholarship system

Student organizations

Sigma Tau Delta: An English Honors Society open to English majors or minors who are a junior, senior, or graduate student, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Omega Rho Alpha: An English Honors Society open to freshman and sophomore students majoring in English.

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