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Bachelor's Degrees


Bachelor of Arts in English (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in English (B.A.) offers the following Concentrations:


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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

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Journalism

Journalism

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Technical Writing

Technical Writing

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Literature

Literature

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Applied Language Studies

Applied Language Studies

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B.A. in English with Teaching Licensure

B.A. in English with Teaching Licensure

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B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Writing Major

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Writing Major

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Minors

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English

English

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American Studies

American Studies

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Linked Degrees

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B.A. and M.A. Linked Degree in Applied Linguistics

B.A. and M.A. Linked Degree in Applied Linguistics

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FAQs

How many credits is an English major?

We recently revised our curriculum to go from a 43-hour major to a 39-hour major. That means that to major in English you need 39 credit hours in the major, or 13 classes (one class is three credits). This allows for ample opportunity and more room to double major. The breakdown is as follows:

  1. Core (12 hours)

    • 307T Digital Writing (3 hours)

    • Theory and Analytics (6 hours)

    • Writing (Praxis) (3 hours)

  2. Electives (9 hours)

    • Literature Electives (6 hours)

    • Open Elective (one additional 300- or 400-level English course)

  3. Concentrations (18 hours)

    • 6 classes (18 hours) as decided by each concentration, which include creative writing, applied language studies, journalism, technical writing, and literature

What happens if I take a leave of absence?

Students returning to the University after an absence must reactivate their status and receive confirmation of reactivation before meeting with an advisor.

Who will advise me if I am in teacher preparation?

Students who choose teaching will also be advised in the Darden College of Education & Professional Studies.

What prerequisites are there for being an English major?

Students must successfully complete ENGL 110C and either ENGL 112L or ENGL 114L. A faculty advisor will be assigned after an initial meeting with chief departmental advisor Heather Weddington.

How do I minor in English?

Students wishing to declare their minor as English, we encourage you to declare your minor after successfully completing English 110C and your 200-level English. You may minor in any of the concentrations listed above and will take 5 classes at 300/400 level with at least one 400 level. After submitting the Minor Declaration Form, please email a copy to Heather Weddington.

How do I major in English if I am a transfer student?

Transfer students who have been admitted to ODU and who wish to declare English as a major or minor will initially be advised by our transfer advisor. If you wish to see an initial assessment of what will and will not transfer to ODU, please use Monarch TRANSFERmation.


For more information, please contact our Chief Departmental Advisor, Heather Weddington, at (757) 683-4036.


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