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.

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.

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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

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Course rotation

Minors

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

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admission

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:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions Processing
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
oap@twu.edu
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 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 better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826):
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • 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 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.

Please note: 

  • 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.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

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 5:40 PM, July 29, 2019