Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Why Study English? To Major in Versatility. 

It’s an excellent liberal arts degree. You’ll become a more proficient and intelligent reader and writer, and develop a deeper, broader understanding of cultures. Majoring in English will enable you to develop skills in writing, analytical reading, and critical thinking, communication, and focused creativity in preparation for numerous career paths.

Many students are finding it valuable to earn two certified majors or to “double major.” An English degree, when combined with certain other majors, is exceptional preparation for the job market. It is unlikely that you’ll hold a single job from graduation until retirement. Rather graduates are likely to find employment in four to six different fields before retirement. Majoring in English will provide the foundation for a lifetime’s education.

Career Opportunities

A degree in English offers many opportunities. Four-year graduates continue their education by attending graduate school or use their English degree as a pre-professional degree for medical or law school. Still others become associated with writing in media-related fields, creative writing, or management positions. Business and industry leaders consistently call for applicants with a solid command of written and spoken English. 

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major. 

Benchmark Expectations

Students in the English major must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.0 in the major. Students must earn a C- or better in all required English courses for graduation. All majors must meet with an English department adviser each semester. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all English courses is required.
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 3, 4, 5, and 8)21
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1 - Minimum grade of C- is required)
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Select three of the following ENGL Historical Breadth courses (GEF 6 - Minimum grade of C- is required):9
American Literature 1
American Literature 2
British Literature 1
British Literature 2
ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7)3
Foreign Language12
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
WVUE 1911ENGL Historical Breadth Course (GEF 6)3
Foreign Language3Foreign Language3
Elective2GEF 23
GEF 23GEF 53
GEF 43 
 15 15
Second Year
ENGL Historical Breadth Course3ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7)3
Foreign Language3ENGL Historical Breadth Course3
Elective3Foreign Language3
GEF 33Elective3
GEF 83GEF 83
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree, English majors will be able to:

1. Locate and interpret texts within diverse literary, cultural, and historical contexts.

  • Identify genre conventions and analyze their effects;
  • Identify and analyze effects of complexity or ambiguity in texts, culture, and discourse;
  • Situate texts in social, economic, political, and literary histories;
  • Connect texts to other literary or cultural texts.

2. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the social and structural aspects of the English language.

  • Articulate the role of social forces on language variation;
  • Analyze natural language, predominantly English.

3. Demonstrate a range of contextually effective writing and communication strategies.



  • Deanna Armentrout - M.A. (University of South Dakota)

Associate professors

  • Richard Hunt - Ph.D. (University of Nevada-Reno)
  • Jennifer Merrifield - M.F.A. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Steve Oberlechner - M.F.A. (West Virginia University)
    Creative Writing
  • Tom Sydow - M.F.A. (California State University - Long Beach)
    Creative Writing


  • Martha Johnson-Olin - Ph.D. (University of Rochester)