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Create a versatile career with an English degree from Missouri Western. Our program offers the study of literature as well as writing and critical thinking skills. Communications professionals are in demand in a broad range of fields. You can tailor your English degree with a choice of concentrations to build a program that is unique to your interests and talents.

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English (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

General Studies
Core Requirements
ETC 200Introduction to Technical Communication3
ENG 220Introduction to Reading Texts3
ENG 232Language Awareness3
ENG 245Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 301Advanced Composition3
ENG 302Modern English Grammar3
ENG 401Senior Portfolio 11
or ETC 401 Senior Portfolio
Select two literature courses numbered 300 or higher6
Select one of the following concentrations:23-30
Creative Writing and Publishing
Technical Communication
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one foreign language12

Creative Writing and Publishing
Technical Communication

Creative Writing and Publishing Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a concentration in Creative Writing and Publishing is designed for aspiring writers, future creative writing teachers in secondary and post-secondary institutions, and students seeking careers in editing and publishing of creative writing whether with literary magazines or publishing houses.

Concentration Requirements
ENG 385Creative Writing: Prose3
ENG 386Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 395The Making of Contemporary Literature: The Mochila Review3
ENG 485Advanced Creative Writing: Prose3
or ENG 486 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
ETC 224Web Content and Design3
ETC 328Multimedia Authoring3
or ETC 326 Document Design
JOU 202Reporting for the Media3
JOU 308Copy Editing3
or ETC 408 Technical Editing
Total Credit Hours24

Literature Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a Literature concentration is a broad-based program providing students with a wide perspective on literature, language, and world views. The  program prepares students to pursue graduate work in English or related disciplines or to enter areas of the business/professional community seeking people with a broad liberal education.

Concentration Requirements
ENG 326Special Topics in Literature3
ENG 340Literary Theory3
One course from the following:3
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Drama
Studies in Popular Literature
ENG 352Literature in English: Beginnings to 15003
ENG 353Literature in English: 1500-18003
ENG 354Literature in English: 1800-18603
ENG 355Literature in English: 1860-19453
ENG 357Literature in English : 1945-Present3
ENG 426Seminar in Literature3
ENG 441Shakespeare3
Total Credit Hours30

Note: Literature courses completed to fulfill the Major Core requirements will NOT also fulfill the Literature concentration requirements. 

Technical Communication Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a concentration in Technical Communication is designed for students interested in working as technical writers and/or communication specialists in large organizations. Students interested in pursuing graduate and professional degrees (creative writing, composition and rhetoric, law, library science, etc.) are also advised to select this program.

Concentration Requirements
ETC 210Introduction to Digital Humanities3
ETC 316Internship in Technical Communication2
ETC 340Content and Design for Technical Communication3
ETC 408Technical Editing3
ETC 420Technical Documentation3
ETC 421Research and Practice in Technical Communication3
ETC 424Instructional Design3
Select of the following elective courses:3
Web Content and Design
Multimedia Authoring
Introduction to Web Page Development
Introduction to Digital Photography
Reporting for the Media
Total Credit Hours23

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form to the English and Modern Languages Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.

ENG 100 is a three-credit, college level English course that is Missouri Western’s “Introduction to College Writing.” ENG 100, Introduction to College Writing, is a developmental composition course designed for students who show signs of needing additional work on their college-level writing before starting the regular general education composition classes. It prepares students to succeed in ENG 104 and ENG 108, the composition courses that count toward completion of General Studies requirements, as well as many other classes that require academic writing.