English majors learn to reason effectively and to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Under the English curriculum students are well prepared to pursue careers in education, law, government service, technical writing, journalism, public relations, business, and the corporate world. The graduating English major may enter a masters or Ph.D. program in English, Comparative Literature, African American Studies, Women's Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, creative writing, technical writing, linguistics, or in any of the humanities. Many of Xavier's English graduates have entered law or graduate school programs. Students electing English as a major must earn 39 semester hours of English, exclusive of English 1000/1010 - 1020 and 2010. (See course requirements below.)
Majors are required to pass a senior comprehensive examination and must attend all departmental meetings. In order for an English course to be counted for degree credit in English and in English/English Education, astudent must earn a "C" or better. All English courses reinforce the goals of the core curriculum and are writing-intensive as defined by the Academic Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. The following courses are required for the B.A. in English: ENGL 1010/1000 - 1020 (or 1023H), 2010 (or 2011H), 2070, 2080, 3160, 3170, 3400, one AFAM literature course (3185, 3280, or 3290), one world literature course beyond 2010 (2020, 3175, or 3275), one English literature course pre-1800 (3010, 3021, or 3070), one English literature course post-1800 (3210, 3221, or 3270), one advanced language/composition course (2200, 3135, or 3150), one English elective, and two 4000-level English seminars.
Minor in English Students electing English as a minor must earn 18 hours of English beyond English 1000/1010 - 1020. ENGL 2010 (2011H) and 2020 are required and count toward the 18 hours of the minor.
Honors in English ENGL 1023H and 2011H satisfy the core curriculum requirements in English composition, introduction to literature, and world literature (the equivalent of ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2010). Upon receiving a grade of "C" or better in the Freshman Honors English Sequence (ENGL 1023H and 2011H), the student will receive 3 semester hours of credit forENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 and 2010 cannot be substituted for the Freshman Honors English Sequence; if the student elects to take either of those, he/she forfeits his/her placement in the Honors sequence.