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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

Location(s): Statesboro, Armstrong-Savannah, Fully Online

With a degree in English, you will become an incisive, culturally responsive writer and critical thinker. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate with different audiences by skillfully interpreting language and producing engaging content. With options for specialized concentrations or a broad approach, you can tailor the major to your career goals. 

The field of English covers a range of disciplines: creative writing, cultural studies, film studies, linguistics, literature, professional & technical writing, and rhetoric & composition. Many of our classes are offered both online and face-to-face. 

This degree builds flexible, highly valued skills that you can use across industries like Arts & Entertainment, Data Analysis, Education, Editing & Publishing, Healthcare, Information Technology, Journalism, Legal Services, Marketing, Nonprofit Administration, and Public Relations. 

Our faculty of practicing writers and scholars are dedicated to building a learning community of future professionals. We prioritize one-on-one mentoring, career preparation, and networking opportunities to help you succeed.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum  for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core Areas A - E): 42 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major: 18 Credit Hours

Required of All Majors: 12 Credit Hours

Concentration in Literature: 6 Credit Hours

Major Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

Required Courses for all Concentrations: 9 Credit Hours

B.A. In English (No Concentration): 21 Credit Hours

Language, History, and Style: 6 Credit Hours

Choose 6 hours from the following options:

Upper-Division Major Electives: 6 Credit Hours

  • Choose 6 additional hours from ENGL 3000-level or above.

B.A. in English w/ Concentration: 21 Credit Hours

In lieu of the general degree, students may choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Professional Writing
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing

See below for requirements.

Minor - Required (Must be approved by advisor): 15 Credit Hours

General Electives: 15 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours: 124

Areas of Concentration

Concentration in Professional Writing

Select one Focus area from the following listed below:

Related Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Choose 6 additional hours from any of the professional focus areas below and/or an internship

Focus Areas: 12 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours: 21

Concentration in Literature

Cultural Studies: 6 Credit Hours

Choose 6 hours from the following options:

Related Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Choose 6 additional hours from the Cultural or Historical Studies lists above, ENGL 4610 Honors Seminar, or ENGL 4790 Internship.

Total Credit Hours: 21

Concentration in Creative Writing

Required Course: 3 Credit Hours

Related Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Choose 6 hours from the following options:

Total Credit Hours: 21

Other Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.


Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement  catalog page.