English, BA

The English Program prepares students for a wide range of career and graduates studies opportunities through its emphases on critical and creative thinking, social and historical analysis, and advanced research and writing skills.  With their highly adaptable skills and knowledge, recent English graduates have entered professions and graduate programs related to teaching and counseling, publishing and media production, legal studies, advertising and public relations, public policy and international relations, and much more.

While studying a wide range of literary periods, genres, and theories, English majors develop advanced communication skills and other qualities that will help them become leaders and innovators within their chosen professions, qualities like social and historical consciousness, emotional intelligence, and creative problem-solving.  English majors can choose from the two concentrations described below: English without Teacher Certification (EGWO) and English with Teacher Certification (TENL).

Bachelor of Arts in English Degree Program Requirements

Complete Core Curriculum Listing at https://catalog.pvamu.edu/universitycorecurriculum/

Core Curriculum 42 Credit Hours
Communication 6
Freshman Composition I
Freshman Composition II
Mathematics (Select One)3
Life and Physical Sciences (Select Two)6
Language, Philosophy, and Culture ( Select One) 13
Creative Arts (Select One)3
American History (Select Two)6
Government/Political Science 6
American Government
Texas Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select One)3
Component Area Option One (Select One)3
Component Area Option Two (Select One)3
Foreign Language (Elementary level in same language)6
Required English Courses24
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Advanced Grammar
Survey of African-American Literature
Studies in African-American Literature
Literary Theory and Criticism
Special Topics in English
Concentration (Select one from below)48
Total Hours120

ENGL 2341ENGL 2334, and ENGL 2331 are options for the core, but they may not be used to satisfy both core and major requirements.

English Without Teacher Certification Concentration (EGWO)

The EGWO concentration provides English majors with a flexible degree plan that allows them to develop a strong foundation in English language and literature while also giving them the freedom to develop additional skills and explore other academic fields.  The three English electives allow majors to further develop their literary knowledge or develop valuable skills in creative and professional writing. Meanwhile, the minor and unrestricted electives allow them to craft a truly individualized and interdisciplinary program of study.  Recent graduates have used the flexibility of the EGWO Concentration to gain employment in fields like media production and publishing, professional writing, marketing, and human resources.  Others have entered graduate programs in English, Law, International Studies, Public Policy, Psychology and Counseling, and other fields.  While English graduates in the EGWO concentration are not certified to teach, they are thoroughly prepared to enter external certification programs and pass the necessary certification exams.  Many are fully certified to teach in ELAR (English Language Arts and Reading) or other fields within a few months of graduating.

EGWO Concentration Requirements
ENGL 4322Shakespeare3
English Electives (choose three ENGL courses at the 2000 level or above)9
Minor Requirements 118
Unrestricted Electives 218
Total Hours48

English majors in the EGWO concentration are required to select a minor of their choice. They must satisfy the catalog requirements for the selected minor.


Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any area.  If the selected minor is more than 18 SCH, unrestricted electives may be reduced.

English With Teacher Certification Concentration (TENL)1

The TENL concentration is less flexible than the EGWO concentration, but by the time students graduate they are fully certified for ELAR 7-12 teaching.  Recent graduates on the certification track have found ready employment in local school districts and have quickly distinguished themselves as talented educators.  Many have gone on to receive graduate degrees in education or counseling, allowing them to become administrators or enter other specialized positions.  Others have completed graduate work in English and other fields in order to qualify them to teach dual credit and college-level courses. The teacher certification requirements associated with the TENL concentration are administered through the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education, so students should consult an advisor in that college as soon as they choose the certification track.

TENL Concentration Requirements
ENGL 2325Adolescent Literature3
ENGL 2331Survey of World Literature3
ENGL 3302Creative Writing Practices3
ENGL 3304Professional Writing for Electronic Media3
RDNG 4363Developmental Reading3
RDNG 4365Foundations of Reading Instruction3
SPED 3300Introduction to Exceptional Children3
CUIN 3300Educational Foundations3
CUIN 3301Educational Psychology3
ENGL 4300Studies in Teaching ELAR (Studies in Teaching ELAR)3
ENGL 4322Shakespeare3
CUIN 4301Instructional Methods and Classroom Management3
CUIN 4682Student Teaching Secondary II 26
Additional Foreign Language (Intermediate in same language)3
Unrestricted Elective3
Total Hours48


Students should apply for admission to teacher education during the second semester of their sophomore year to be able to enroll in CUIN courses during the junior year. Consult an advisor in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education for the current criteria for admission.


Students may not enroll in other courses during the semester in which they are enrolled in CUIN 4682.