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

The Literature, Language & Writing major is only available to Edwards campus students.

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 Literacy3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Elective (Total Hours)3
Goal 3 Social Science3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 2.2 Communication 3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Goal 3 Humanities (Recommended ENGL 203, 209, or 210)3ENGL Writing Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3ENGL Literature Before 1900 300+ (Major Requirement)23
Elective or 200 level ENGL course (if not taken for Goal 3 Humanities) 3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
ENGL Writing Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
ENGL British or American Lit 300+ (Major Requirement)43ENGL British or American Lit 300+ (Major Requirement)43
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33ENGL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
ENGL Literature Before 1900 300+ (Major Requirement)23KU Core Goal 6 (if not already satisfied), ENGL Writing Elective 300-500 (Major Requriement)1, 6, 73
ENGL Elective 300-500+ (Major Requirement)53ENGL Elective 300-500+ (Major Requirement)5, 6, 73
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

Majors must complete 3 courses (9 hours) in writing and/or English language courses.


See the Degree Requirements tab for a list of courses that fulfill this major requirement.


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.


Majors must complete one course each in British and American Literature.


Majors must complete 3 courses (9 hours) of junior/senior level ENGL courses. Up to 6 credits combined of ENGL 494 (Research Internship) or ENGL 495 (Directed Study) may be applied as major electives; they may not count as English core equivalents. Up to 3 credit hours of ENGL 496 (Internship) or ENGL 497 (Service Learning Internship) can be applied as major elective credit.


At least one major course must be taken at the 500+ level.


At least one major course should be chosen from the list of English courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goal 6.

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.