BGS in English with concentration in Rhetoric, Language & Writing

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in English - Rhetoric, Language, and Writing 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 Written Communication (1 of 2))3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 of 2))3
Goal 2.2 Communication3Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Natural Science 3
Goal 3 Social Science3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
ENGL 200-level Course (Goal 3 Arts and Humanities, Major Requirement)33ENGL 300 (Major Requirement)3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
ENGL 380 or 387 (Rhetoric, Composition, & Language Course, Major Requirement))3ENGL 300+ Rhetoric, Composition, & Language Course (RCL Course, Major Requirement)43
ENGL 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3ENGL 300+ from Literature, Language, or Rhetoric before 1850 (Major Requirement)3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 300+ from Diverse Identities, Communities, & Texts Area (Major Requirement)3ENGL Elective 500+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)73
ENGL 500+ Rhetoric, Composition, & Language Course (RCL Course, Major Requirement)43ENGL 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)53Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours2, 63
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Total Hours 120
1

English majors are encouraged to take a 200-level English course before beginning 300+ level English courses.

2

Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through KU core, degree, major, second area of study and/or elective hours.  Students completing the BGS with a major must choose a secondary area of study.  Individual degree mapping is done in partnership with your advisor.

3

ENGL 203, ENGL 205, ENGL 209, and ENGL 210 fulfill Goal 3 Arts & Humanities.

4

For Rhetoric, Composition, and Language area courses see catalog under Degree Requirements.

5

ENGL 362, ENGL 496, and ENGL 497 fulfill the BGS Career Course requirement.

6

Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor). This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor. If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.

7

Two ENGL 500+ level courses are required by the major. Attempt to choose at least one of the ENGL 500+ level courses from the list of approved Goal 6 courses for the KU Core.

Please note:

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

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.