Requirements | English | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts


The major in English requires 36 credit hours of coursework, at least half of which must be taken at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. English majors may choose from four specializations: Literature (B.A.), Creative Writing (B.A.), Professional Writing (B.A.), and Teacher Education Preparation (B.A. or B.S.).

Students who wish to declare English as a major should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English early in their college careers.

Only English courses completed with at least a C will fulfill a major requirement. Deviations from regular programs must have prior written English program approval.

No more than 6 credit hours at the 100- or 200-level can be counted toward the major.

Students who wish to construct an interdepartmental major in English and certain related fields may do so in consultation and with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English.

English Core Courses

All students majoring in English, regardless of specialization, must take ENGL 301 and ENGL 393. English majors should take ENGL 301 as early as possible in their coursework.