Planning Your Coursework
Balance Your Schedule
We advise our majors to construct a balanced schedule — 1-2 major courses; 1-2 general education courses; 1-2 double major, minor, or elective courses — each semester. If the goal is to graduate in four years, we recommend taking 15 hours (each semester), or 4-6 courses (each semester), to stay on track.
Here are the types of courses English majors need to balance (allocate among eight semesters):
|General Education Courses: 10 courses at 3-4 credit hours each||30-35|
|English major courses: 12 courses at 3 credit hours each||36|
|Western Civilization courses: 2 courses at 3 hours each||6|
|Credit hours needed for degree||120|
|Hours allocated to ELECTIVES||43-48 credit hours|
The electives can be used in various ways: for exploration; for second majors; for minors; for coursework to enhance the major; for professional development; or just for pleasure and interest.
Any English (ENGL) course numbered 199 is an Open Undergraduate Seminar, and within this category you will find some interesting and unusual options, including career development courses designed specifically for humanities majors. Be sure to click on this course number in the class schedules available through Course Explorer to find out what's being offered as a 199 in a given semester.