Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English
The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all English courses. For one possible breakdown of the English major by semester, see the Plan of Study.
* ENG 210, 211, 212, 213 and 230 may not be counted as advanced courses except at the discretion of the department head. ENG 380. World Literature and upper-division survey courses are strongly recommended electives.
** In the spring of the student's senior year, an English major must pass oral comprehensive examinations in British and American literature.
*** Recommended: HIST 101. Europe to 1815 & HIST 102. Europe since 1815, or
HIST 201. United States History to 1865 & HIST 202. United States History Since 1865.
**** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. English majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.
Secondary Education Certification
New York state requires 36 hours in English for the temporary teaching certificate. Englsih majors who seek certification to teach secondary school English must take the following courses:
For especially well-qualified students, a special program makes it possible to earn both the B.A. and M.A. in English in four years and two summer sessions. In addition, there is a program offering properly qualified students the opportunity to earn both the B.A. in English and the Master of Business Administration in as little as five years of study. For details, call or write to:
Dr. Patrick Panzarella (Chair)
Department of English
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Requirements for a Minor in English
For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in English: six English courses (18 credits), of which a maximum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 200 level and a minimum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 300 level or above. Note: ENG 230, 250 and 260 may NOT be used.
To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.