Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA 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.

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 Social Science3Goal 3 Natural Science3
 Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
 17 18-19
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 3 Humanties3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
ENGL 200-level course (Recommended for majors)33ENGL 300+ from English Language or Rhetoric Category (Major Requirement)4, 53
ENGL 300+ from Individual Authors or Movements Category (Major Requirement)43ENGL 300+ from Literary Theory Category (Major Requirement)43
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3 
 15 12-14
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
ENGL 300+ from Transcultural Approaches to Lang, Lit, or Writing Category (Major Requirement)43ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)43
ENGL 300+ RLW course from Writing Category (Major Requirement)4, 5, 63ENGL 300+ from Forms and Genres Category (Major Requirement)4, 63
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
ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)43ENGL Elective 500+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)4, 73
ENGL RLW Elective 500+ (Major Requirement)4, 53ENGL RLW 300+ Elective, as needed4, 53
LA&S 492 (Recommended, or elective)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)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Stategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123

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. 


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


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


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 Theory category, one additional course focusing on literature before 1850, must be taken.


A total of 12 hours in Rhetoric, Language, and Writing courses are required for students pursuing in the Rhetoric, Language, and Writing track. 3 of the 12 credits will be fulfilled when completing the Rhetoric or Writing category. Three additional rhetoric, language, or writing courses may be chosen from other categories as appropriate.


Only one Creative Writing Workshop class is allowed to count toward the major.


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 completed 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.