BA in English

To pursue a degree in English Studies at Auburn is to engage in the creative, intellectual work of reading, writing, and critical thinking, vital and valued skills in the liberal arts tradition. Whether through creative or professional writing, through work in linguistics or literature, through the study of rhetoric or theory, students in English engage their curiosity and their imagination, as well as their oral communication and research skills. The skills our students develop, and the strong values they embrace as English majors, lead them to rewarding careers.

Dr. Robin Sabino, Director of Undergraduate Studies
e-mail: sabinro@auburn.edu

Department of English
9030 Haley Center
phone: 334-844-4620
fax: 334-844-9027

Careers in English

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an English major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.
Career Possibilities

  • Pre-professional study for example in law, theology, medicine, business
  • Graduate school in education, fine arts, English
  • Positions as writers, editors, managers, and more in industries such as publishing, banking, health care, government, computer, public relations - all industries employ English majors
 

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum in English: Creative Writing

Students must take ENGL 2000 (Introduction to Creative Writing) as their gateway course to this track. ENGL 4240 (Special Project in Creative Writing) is the capstone course.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)13
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following:23Select one of the following to complete a sequence:23
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
Core Science I4Core Science II4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
ENGL 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing34000-level Literature Course3
Approved Minor33Course from Group 143
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 4200 Fiction Writing I3ENGL 4220 Poetry Writing I3
ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 243Approved Minor33
Electives6Electives6
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3ENGL 4230 Poetry Writing II3
ENGL 4210 Fiction Writing II3ENGL 4240 Special Project in Creative Writing53
Approved Minor36Approved Minor33
Electives3Electives5
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

2

Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence in either British or American literature.


3

Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.


4

Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses for Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics or Rhetoric), and ENGL electives.


5

ENGL 4240 fulfills SLO 7.



Curriculum in English: Literature

Students take as the gateway course to the Literature Track either ENGL 2230 (British Literature before 1789), ENGL 2240 (British Literature after 1789), ENGL 2250 (American Literature before 1865), OR ENGL 2260 (American Literature after 1865). Students may not count literature courses taken to fulfill the Core Literature requirement for their gateway course. ENGL 4800 (Seminar in Literature) is the capstone course for this track.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities13
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following:23Select one of the following to complete a sequence:23
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
Core Science I4Core Science II 4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
Select one of the following as a gateway course:3ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 Group 243
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
  
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
  
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
  
Approved Minor33 
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 3130 Survey of Critical Theory34400-level American literature course3
4300-level British literature course3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 143Approved Minor33
Electives6Electives6
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
4500-level Genre course34600- or 4700-level Author or Topics course3
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3ENGL 4800 Seminar in Literature53
Approved Minor36Approved Minor33
Electives3Electives5
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

2

Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence in either British or American literature.


3

Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.


4

Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses for Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics or Rhetoric), and ENGL electives.


5

ENGL 4800 fulfills SLO 7.



Curriculum in English: Professional Writing and Literacy Studies

Students in the Professional Writing and Literacy Studies track must take ENGL 2010 (Introduction to Professional Writing) as the gateway course to this track. ENGL 4810 (Capstone in Professional Writing) is the capstone course.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities13
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following:23Select one of the following to complete a sequence:23
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
 
Core Science I4Core Science II4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
ENGL 2010 Introduction to Professional Writing34000-level Literature Course3
Approved Minor33Course from Group 143
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 3120 Survey of Rhetoric or 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice3ENGL 4020 Technical and Professional Editing or 4030 Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication3
ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 243Approved Minor33
Electives6Electives6
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
ENGL 3040 Technical Writing
 
ENGL 4010 Topics in Writing
 
ENGL 3080 Business Writing
 
ENGL 4040 Public Writing
 
ENGL 4000 Advanced Composition
 
ENGL 4160 Technology, Literacy, and Culture
 
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3ENGL 4810 Capstone in Professional Writing53
Approved Minor36Approved Minor33
Electives3Electives5
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

2

Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence in either British or American literature.


3

Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.


4

Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses from Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics), and ENGL electives.

5

ENGL 4810 fulfills SLO 7.



 

Last Updated: March 13, 2014