English, BA

An English degree at PNC requires students to examine literary and artistic texts (in all media including electronic) as well as historical documents and works of theory as products of cultural and social processes. By reading and responding to texts produced to meet many cultural needs during various historical periods, students develop the understanding and empathy for human struggles needed to work through contemporary dilemmas. Students acquire a thorough knowledge of the history and development of British, American, world, and ethnic literatures within the context of a changing global society. As students learn how others have come to articulate their world views, they also become critical thinkers who can effectively communicate with others.

A degree in English traditionally has been considered a step toward a career in teaching, scholarly research or writing. In fact, opportunities are much wider. English majors find their degrees useful in business, the professions, media, technology, publishing and government. Because competent writing and thinking abilities are crucial to almost every field, English majors have succeeded in such diverse areas as management, advertising, community relations, computer documentation, desktop publishing and public service. An English degree also is a traditional springboard to a career in law.

All English majors must complete both 66 credits of core requirements and a 33 credit sequence of English classes.

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)


ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

Choose one MA 11100 or higher and one course from Quantitative Reasoning.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose one course from Natural Science and one course from Technology. (One of these course needs to include a lab.)

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose one course from Humanities and one course from Social Sciences.

FYE or Humanities Social Sciences (3 credits)

FYE (GS 19100) or additional Humanities or Social Sciences course.

PNC Supplemental Core (24 credits)

U.S. Traditions (3 credits)

Choose one course from US Traditions.

Western Heritage (3 credits)

Choose one course from Western Heritage.

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from Global Cultures.

Literature and the Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from Literature and the Arts.

Gender Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from Gender Issues.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one course from Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Social Ethics (3 credits)

Choose one course from Social Ethics.

Individual and Society (3 credits)

Choose one course from Individual and Society.

Required Courses (45 credits)

Modern Language (12 credits)

ASL, French, German, or Spanish to the fourth level is required.

Requirement A Introductory Courses (9 credits)

ENGL 20100The Nature Of Literary Study

3 credits

Choose One:

ENGL 24000Survey Of The British Literature: From The Beginnings Through The Neoclassical Period

3 credits

ENGL 24100Survey Of The British Literature: From The Rise Of Romanticism To The Modern Period

3 credits

Choose One:

ENGL 35000Survey Of American Literature From Its Beginnings To 1865

3 credits

ENGL 35100Survey Of American Literature From 1865 To The Post-World War II Period

3 credits

NOTE: In fulfilling requirements B, C, and D below, the following apply:

  1. not more than 6 hours may be taken at the 20000 level
  2. students are encouraged to take 40000 level courses

Requirement D English Electives (6 credits)

NOTE: In fulfilling requirements B, C, and D below, the following apply:

  1. not more than 6 hours may be taken at the 20000 level
  2. students are encouraged to take 40000 level courses

Requirement E Capstone Course (3 credits)

ENGL 49500Capstone Seminar For Seniors

3 credits

Requirement B Major Author (3 credits)

Choose one course from Major Author Studies.

Requirement C Area Studies (12 credits)

Four courses from four different areas, excluding Major Author Studies; Genre Studies, Historical Studies, Cultural Studies, Theoretical Studies, English Language Studies, Writing Studies, Performance Studies.

Although the core and major requirements include up to 99 credit hours, the student still has plenty of opportunity to pursue special interests. Some students elect to pursue a second major. Others complete a minor, although a minor is not required with this degree. Still others sample courses from a variety of areas. The avenue the student chooses depends on academic or career goals. For example, some students choose electives that enhance their understanding of literature, such as history, philosophy or science. Others choose to develop their marketability by taking courses in technical areas or business.

English Teaching Option

Although the Bachelor of Arts, English teaching option (for teaching English at the high school level) is not available at Purdue University North Central, interested students are able to complete some education courses, all core requirements and all courses required in the English major at the North Central campus. Requirements in education may then be readily completed at one of the Purdue campuses where the degree is offered.