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

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required) 3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy 3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Elective (Total Hours)3Goal 3 Humanities 3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 4.1 US Diversity 3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
ENGL 200+ Level Course/from Writing Category (Writing Cateory: Major Requirement)1, 2, 33ENGL 300+ from English Language or Rhetoric Category (Major Requirement)23
ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)2, 43Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
ENGL 300+ from Literary Theory (Major Requirement)23Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
ENGL 300+ from Literary History (Major Requirement)2, 43ENGL 300+ from Forms & Genres (Major Requirement)2, 6, 73
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 3 Social Science3ENGL Elective 500+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)2, 83
ENGL 300+ from Individual Authors/Movements (Major Requirement)2, 73ENGL 300+ Transcultural Approaches to Lit, Lang, or Rhet. (Major Requirement)23
ENGL 500+ Elective (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)2, 83Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53Elective (Total Hours)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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


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.


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


Two courses are required from the Literary History category.


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.


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.


One course (3 hours) in addition to Literary History (2 courses) must focus on literature before 1850. 


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 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.