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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Professional Writing and Editing, Creative Writing
Pathways: Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business and Communications

Majoring in English develops skills in communication, research, critical thinking and focused creativity. You’ll deepen your understanding of people and cultures while learning how to use language effectively in a variety of contexts.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • ENGL 200 Foundations of Literary Study Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 241 American Literature 1 or
    ENGL 242 American Literature 2 or
    ENGL 261 British Literature 1 or
    ENGL 262 British Literature 2
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Find people from class/es who live in your residence hall and review class with them
  • Declare a major and file an academic plan

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend Monday Night Lights
  • Consult Student Legal Services for advice on what to look for in an off-campus housing contract
  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Participate in the PRT cram

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Join an intramural team
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Climb at the SRC climbing wall
  • Visit campus farmers market

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 241 American Literature 1 or
    ENGL 242 American Literature 2 or
    ENGL 261 British Literature 1 or
    ENGL 262 British Literature 2
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 241 American Literature 1 or
    ENGL 242 American Literature 2 or
    ENGL 261 British Literature 1 or
    ENGL 262 British Literature 2
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend a football game
  • International students: Participate in international social events

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Become an Adventure WV student leader
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Take a fitness class at the Rec Center
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Take Student Wellness Ambassador peer certification
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 221 The English Language or
    ENGL 321 History of the English Language or
    ENGL 423 Introduction to Old English
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 226 Non-Western World Literature or
    ENGL 254 African American Literature or
    ENGL 255 Multiethnic Literature or
    ENGL 285 Images of Women in Literature or
    ENGL 354 Topics in African American Literature or
    ENGL 355 Topics in Multiethnic Literature or
    ENGL 356 Topics in Native American Literature or
    ENGL 374 Postcolonial Literature or
    ENGL 385 American Women Writers or
    ENGL 386 British Women Writers or
    ENGL 387 Topics in Women's Literature
  • ENGL Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 263 Shakespeare 1 or
    ENGL 337 Study of a Major Author or
    ENGL 361 Chaucer or
    ENGL 363 Shakespeare 2 or
    ENGL 365 Milton
  • ENGL Elective
    3
  • ENGL Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Take a class on healthy cooking

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 301 Writing Theory and Practice or
    ENGL 309 Approaches to Teaching Composition or
    ENGL 318 Topics in Creative Writing or
    ENGL 338 Environmental Criticism or
    ENGL 381 Literary Criticism or
    ENGL 382 Contemporary Literary Theory or
    ENGL 383 Introduction to Cultural Studies or
    ENGL 384 Introduction to American Studies
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL Capstone
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Become a leadWELL Trainer
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Exercise daily
  • Participate in liveWELL programs

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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