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ODU's English program offers students the opportunity to read and write about great works of literature from diverse historical periods and cultures.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Minor in English

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Through a wide variety of writing assignments, oral presentations, group projects, creative reflections and technological innovations, students develop skills that will prepare them for lifelong learning and a number of professions.

In addition to building critical reading and writing skills, students make connections between literature and the world around them. We offer the English major, with its traditional focus on literature; the English minor, for students interested in literature but majoring in other areas; the Integrated Language Arts major, for students preparing to teach in secondary schools; and the Professional Writing minor, for students interested in pursuing a greater number of writing experiences. 

Because of our emphasis on careful reading and thinking through challenging texts, Ohio Dominican's English graduates have established successful careers in areas such as business, publishing, teaching, law, medicine and the arts.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for English Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ENG 205
    MTH 121
    Social/Behavioral Science
    HST
    PHL
    THL Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 ENG 215B
    ENG 215A ENG 216
    Natural Science Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110
    THL
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 ENG 300
    Required Elective (1)
    Required Elective (3)
    Required Elective (3)
    Art/Music/Theatre
    PHL Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Required Elective (3)
    Required Elective
    ENG 479
    Social/Behavioral Science
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Electives

    • Required Elective (1) – Choose either ENG 357, ENG 342
    • Required Elective (2) – Choose either ENG 460 or ENG 463
    • Required Electives (3) – Choose three courses at the 300 and 400 level excluding ENG 342, ENG 357, ENG 460, ENG 463, ENG 479. May include THR 305)
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in English
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below.  Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ENG 322 Creative Writing 3*
    ENG 326 The Art of the Essay
    3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ENG 342 African Literature
    3*
    ENG 343 The Literature of American Diversity
    3*
    ENG 357 World Literature
    3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ENG 460 The Age of Chaucer 3*
    ENG 463 The Age of Shakespeare 3*
    ENG Electives
    Credits
    12 credits/4 courses at the 200 level 12*
    9 credits/3 courses at the 300 level 9*
    ENG 479 CORE: Literature Theory/Practice 3*
    Total Credits Required 33
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Minor in English
    Courses Credits
    ENG Electives (15) semester credits of which credits must be at the 200 level or above.
    15
    Total Credits Required 15
  • Minor in Professional Writing
    Courses Credits
    ENG 220 Professional Writing 3
    ENG 326 The Art of the Essay 3
    ENG Electives at 300-400 level beyond general degree requirements 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ENG 322 Creative Writing 3
    THR 305 Playwriting 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    PRS 205 News Writing 3
    PRS 329 Power-Packed Writing for Public Relations & Marketing Communications  3
    Total Credits Required 15
  • Minor in Creative Writing Course Requirements
    Select 15 Credits from the following:
    Credits
    ENG 220 Professional Writing 3
    ENG 222 Creative Writing I
    3
    ENG 322 Creative Writing II
    3
    ENG 326 The Art of the Essay 3
    ENG 340 Journal Editor
    3
    ENG 422 Writing Portfolio
    3
    ENG 479 Senior Seminar
    3


    Up to 3 credits may come from the following literature courses:

    • ENG 260 Novels, ENG 261 Short Stories, ENG 262 Poetry, ENG 263 Drama

    Up to 3 credits may come from the following Public Relations courses:

    • PRS 265 Business Writing and Presentations, PRS 329 Power-packed Writing for PR and Marketing Communications, PRS 340 Internet Strategies