English Studies - Bachelor of Arts

For more information contact the department of Languages, Literatures, and Writing at LLW@MiamiOH.edu or 513-785-3232.

A Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies prepares students to be critical and creative readers, thinkers, and writers. The major will develop students’ ability to acquire, analyze, evaluate, and communicate knowledge in multiple mediums. Students develop these powers of argument and analysis by working with diverse texts and examining the impact of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and ability on the production and reception of texts. Graduates will possess the analytical and communication skills that are critical to long-term professional success in many career fields and to contribute to their communities as responsible, informed citizens. The BA in English Studies will reflect the rich and varied nature of the discipline, allowing students to draw on courses in literature, creative writing, professional writing and rhetoric, cultural studies, and linguistics.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
EGS 301Writing and the Professions3
EGS 495Capstone in English Studies3
ENG 298Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies3
Distribution Requirements
Readings in Literary History
Select nine hours of the following: 19
Survey Courses:
World-making in Imaginative Literature
Books You Need To Read
Introduction to Shakespeare
Literature and Travel
Disability and Literature
Shakespeare and Film
Literature and Medicine
English Literature to 1660
English Literature 1660-1900
English Literature 1901 to Present
American Literature to 1900
American Literature 1900 to the Present
Medieval Literature
Genre Courses:
Crime as a Narrative Problem
Popular Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Drama
Literature and Film
The Short Story
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Experimental Film
Children's Literature
Contemporary American Fiction
Topics in Film
Film Auteurs
Enchanted Worlds: Folk and Literary Fairy Tales
Studies in Writing
Select nine hours of the following: 29
Workplace Writing
Integrative Writing in Global Contexts
Medical Writing
Topics in Writing
Humanities and Technology
Rhetorical Strategies for Writers
Professional Communication & Digital Rhetoric
Advanced Composition
Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry
Technical Writing
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
Intermediate Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
Visual Rhetoric
Grant and Proposal Writing
Multicultural and Linguistic Perspectives
Select nine hours of the following:9
Women Writers
GLBTQ Literature
Native American Literature
Asian American Literature
Asian & Asian American Cinema
Caribbean, Latin American, and Latinx Literatures
African American Writing, 1746-1877
African American Writing, 1878-1945
African American Writing, 1946-Present
Ethnic American Literatures
Women and Gender in Film
Diversity and Culture in American Film
Introduction to Linguistics
History of the English Language
Structure of Modern English
Beginner's Course
Beginner's Course
Intensive Basic Spanish
Second Year Spanish
Second Year Spanish
Modern Communication and Culture
Beginning ASL I
Beginning ASL II
Intermediate ASL I
Intermediate American Sign Language II
Advanced English Studies
Select six hours of the following:6
Readings in Literatures and Cultures
Special Topics in English Studies
Readings in Multicultural Perspectives
Topics in Writing
Exploring Genre in Diverse Contexts
Creative Thinking, Reading, and Writing
Issues in Literary and Cultural Studies
Total Credit Hours42

 At least one course must be a survey course and at least one course must focus on genre.


 At least one course must be at the 300 or 400 level.