A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze data.
This undergraduate degree concentration provides students with both a practical and a theoretical orientation to communication in a variety of media and genres. The program prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields – from government to business to medicine. It also prepares students for graduate programs in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication. The program produces graduates who can think critically about communication, contexts, and technology as well as compose technologically-mediated documents and products using a variety of tools.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree from a Florida state or community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements, including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA and course requirements.
Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.
ENC 4931 Selected Topics in Technical and Professional Writing
Any courses listed in the Literary Studies concentration.
Any courses listed in the Creative Writing concentration.
Additional Major Requirements
The program in English provides three concentrations. Students must choose one concentration.
Students may not use more than one directed study course toward meeting the major requirements.
Major GPA Requirement
A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation.
Major Grade Requirement
A grade of below C- will not be counted toward fulfilling the major requirements.
Major Residency Requirement
Transfer students must earn at least 15 hours in the major at USF.
Major Foreign Language Requirement
The English Department does not accept Sign Language as a foreign language.
Additional Major Information
Chairperson: H. Hawkins; Professors: J.P.W. Rogers (DeBartolo Chair in the Liberal Arts), R.L. Ciresi, C. Herndl, R.L. Hewitt, J.M. Moxley, D. Price Herndl, L.L. Runge, H. Sellers, P.J. Sipiora; Associate Professors: N.G. Discenza, J. Fleming, M. Gould, G. Grewal, E.A. Hirsh, J. Hopler, D.L. Jacobs, G. Lemons, E.A. Metzger, S. Mooney, J. Staggers, I. Sukrungruang; Assistant Professors: T. Cooper, Y. Irizarry, N. Le, H. Meakin, M. Santos, J. Zisk, M. Zoetewey; Instructors: S.M. Diecidue, D. Donnelly, K. Gonzalez, L. Head, J.Y. Karpay, M. Leahy, B. Moss, K. Riegel; M. Shuman, E. Smith; Professors Emeriti: R. Baum, L. Broer, S.M. Deats, H.A. Deer, R.F. Dietrich, F.J. Fabry, S.R. Fiore, W. Garrett, M. Harmon, J. Hatcher, D.L. Kaufmann, W.T. Ross, D. Schenck, W. Scheuerle, N. Tyson.
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This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.