Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in English, General Track. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
 Goal 3 Natural Science3
 Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
 14 18-19
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
ENGL 200+ Level Course/from Writing category (Writing Category: Major Requirement)3, 43ENGL 300+ from English Language or Rhetoric Category (Major Requirement)43
ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)4, 63Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 15-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 300+ from Literary Theory (Major Requirement)43Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
ENGL 300+ from Literary History (Major Requirement)4, 63ENGL 300+ from Forms & Genres (Major Requirement)4, 73
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Social Science3ENGL Elective 500+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement4, 83
ENGL 300+ from Individual Authors/Movements (Major Requirement)43ENGL 300+ Transcultural Approaches to Lit, Lang, or Rhet (Major Requirement)43
ENGL 500+ Elective (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)4, 83Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
LA&S 492 (Recommended, (or elective))3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Stategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

3

Before beginning 300+ level English courses it is recommended that students take a 200-level English course.

4

English majors must choose courses from each of the following 7 categories: Individual Authors or Movements, Literary Theory, English Language or Rhetoric, Transcultural Approaches to Language, Literature, or Writing, Writing, Forms and Genres, and Literary History (2 courses). In addition to the courses taken for the Literary History category, one additional course focusing on literature before 1850, must be taken.

This 4-year plan provides suggestions for when to take these courses, but there is not a preferred order.

5

The Writing category includes Creative Writing workshops. For English majors not pursuing the Creative Writing track, only one Creative Writing workshop course can be used toward the major.

6

Two courses are required from the Literary History category.

7

The Forms and Genres category includes Creative Writing workshops. For English majors not pursuing the Creative Writing track, only one Creative Writing workshop course can be used toward the major.

8

Two ENGL courses must be taken at the 500+ level, as required by the major; these courses may be used to fulfill major category requirements or major electives. Choose at least one ENGL 500+ level course that is approved to fulfill the Goal 6 requirement of the KU Core. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.