Write your own story with a BA in English from 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.
We are now offering a BA-MA Accelerated Program in English with tracks in Literature and Rhetoric & Writing. Learn more>>
Hear from 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
Hear from our alumni
Tatyana Bryant (BA '18), current graduate student
"The training I received in writing, rhetoric and literary analysis at TWU has helped me abundantly in grad school, especially in a science-centered field. I decided to pursue my master's in learning technologies, and thanks to my training, I'm able to approach scientific 'problems' with a literary/rhetorical lens.
We see the patterns of a character in a story and how they are representative of not just the plot but of a larger issue in the world, and we follow them as they adventure through trauma, joy, sadness, love or capitalism. I see this as no different to neurons in the brain that form neural nets and shift our perception when presented with certain patterns or stimuli. Those possibilities in stories, either technical or imaginative, help to shape reader experience, while those possibilities in science can help educators shape that same experience within learning via curriculum.
My rhetorical analysis skills have thus far been the foundation in which most of my work is rooted. The skills you learn in the program are so versatile, not only on a technical level but on a philosophical and psychological level as well.
You never stop being an English major, and the professors in the TWU ESFL program helped make that happen!"
Tatyana Bryant, BA in English, 2018
Currently pursuing an MS in Learning Technologies at UNT
- Bachelor of arts (B.A.) in English (literature track)
- Bachelor of arts (B.A.) in English (rhetoric and writing track)
- Bachelor of arts (B.A.) in English (7-12 teacher certification track)
Exit portfolio documents
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
When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
- How to apply
- Freshman Student Admissions
- Transfer Student Admissions
- International Student Admissions
- Other Types of Undergraduate Admissions
Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.
Admission to the Educator Preparation Program
There are three application periods per year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students must have their applications in by the deadline the semester before they intend to take EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482 (see schedule below). Please adhere to the following guidelines: We recommend preparing your application well in advance of the deadline. That way you will be able to identify and resolve any potential issues before the deadline date. No late applications will be accepted. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or a day that TWU is closed, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next day that TWU is open after the deadline day.
Spring Application Deadlines* (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Summer)
- May 1 - Deadline to apply for Summer admission
- May 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement
Summer Application Deadlines (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Fall)
- July 1 - Deadline to apply for Fall admission
- July 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement
Fall Application Deadlines* (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Spring)
- December 1 - Deadline to apply for Spring admission
- December 21 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement
^If you intend to register early for Summer and Fall, it is recommended that you apply to the EPP by December 1 and meet all requirements by December 21.
In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003, EDUC 3482, EDUC 4113, EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
- Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
- Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
- Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
- Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
- A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
- Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
- Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
- Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
- Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
- All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
- Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
- Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
- Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.
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?
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.
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