Undergraduate Program

Associate professor of English Brian Fehler, Ph.D., lectures during a presidential debate watch on campus.
Associate professor Brian Fehler, Ph.D., lectures during a presidential debate watch event on campus.

Earn your bachelor of arts degree in English at TWU.

Our undergraduate program will provide you with multiple paths toward achieving your professional and personal goals. We offer courses in face-to-face, online and hybrid formats. Our small class sizes encourage collaboration among students and instructors. In addition to traditional classroom learning, our faculty will provide you with opportunities for field trips, experiential learning, academic support and professional mentorship. As a student in our program, you also will have the option of joining one of our English honor societies.

Our English core classes lie at the foundation of our bachelor’s degree and will provide you with a broad knowledge of literature, linguistics, English studies, grammar and composition. In addition to the core, you will choose to specialize in one of three degree tracks: literature, rhetoric and writing, or 7-12 teacher certification. Each track includes its own unique set of courses, allowing you to focus on the area you are most passionate about.

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Career outlook

Our bachelor's degree will prepare you for success in a wide range of careers. Our program alumni have excelled in fields such as business, industry, education, non-profit, government and non-government organizations. As an English major, you will gain valuable and employable skills, including critical thinking, strong writing and communication skills, and an appreciation of literature, which fosters a broader understanding of society.

Hear from one of our students

I rave about my ESFL professors all the time. I transferred from my first university feeling completely burnt out about school, and beginning my English classes at TWU gave me a brand new mindset that I desperately needed. It’s evident that everyone in ESFL really cares about each student, and I am truly grateful. Cara Davis, BA Literature Track, Spring 2019

Degree details

Degree plans

Exit portfolio documents

Course rotation


All English majors must complete at least 18 hours in a minor field of study. Our department offers a minor in Spanish as well as a minor in journalism, which is available through a partnership with the University of North Texas. For students on the teacher certification track, courses taken in the College of Professional Education count as the minor field of study.

Foreign language requirements

Students may choose from one of the following options in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the degree in English. Learn more about foreign language courses offered within the department.

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

Apply today

  1. Review the First-Year Student info and any other applicable admission requirements.
  2. International applicants should be sure to review all international admission requirements and application procedures.
  3. Apply to Texas Woman's University online at ApplyTexas.org.

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of scholarships designated specifically for majors within the TWU Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages. Explore our undergraduate and organizational scholarships.

To apply for financial aid, please visit the TWU Financial Aid website.

Need more information?

Contact Ashley Bender, Ph.D., at abender@twu.edu to learn more about our undergraduate program or:

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The BA in English with a Concentration in Teacher Certification prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

Page last updated 3:45 PM, April 1, 2019