May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

English, BA

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The English major offers undergraduate students the chance to develop writing and reading skills while studying a wide range of texts from the British, American, and world traditions. Students work closely with faculty in small classes, reading and engaging in thought-provoking discussions about all aspects of literature. The curriculum of the English major not only teaches students about literature; it also develops skills like critical thinking, research, collaborative work, and editing. The English major earns a B.A. degree.


Students majoring in English who are judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in English. To graduate ”With Honors in English,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.25, and complete, with a minimum grade of ”B,” ENG 498  and ENG 499 . In addition, they must pass an oral defense of the thesis. ENG 498 , with approval, may count as three elective credits towards the English degree; ENG 499  counts as three credits of electives beyond the major.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

Major Electives

Choose 9 additional credits as below:

Additional English literature courses.

One creative writing course, including THR 270  or, with approval, a WRI course.

Students may take multiple ENG 233G  courses with different topics.

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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