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2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

English, B.A.

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Choose from two tracks in English: Literary Studies track or English Studies track. The former focuses on the study of literature and culture, while the latter balances literary study with courses in rhetoric and composition and professional writing.

University Studies Program

This degree requires that The University Studies Program 2015  requirements are met before graduation. Some of the courses required for this major fulfill USP requirements, but not all. Students should check their degree evaluations and consult with their assigned academic advisor to discuss their specific course plan.

Gateway to the English Major - 3 Hours

Historical Period - 12 or 15 hours

English Studies Track: 12 hours

Literary Studies Track: 15 hours

Expanding the Canon - 6 Hours

A full list of courses that fulfill the Expanding the Canon requirements will be published each semester. Generally speaking, these courses will cover topics related to racial diversity, global literatures, gender, sexuality, or disability studies. ENGL 2340/2350/2360 can be taken either as an Expanding the Canon course OR as an Historical Period course. The Expanding the Canon options are always changing, but will always include the following:

Methods - 3 Hours

Chose the methods course that corresponds with your track.

Electives - 6 hours

Literary Studies: Students can select from any of our courses for credit in this category. One of the two electives must be in either Rhetoric & Composition or Creative Writing.

English Studies: Two courses from the list of Rhetoric/Composition/Professional Writing classes offered by English. See the examples below:

  • ENGL 2005   - Writing in Technology and the Sciences (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 2035   - Writing for Public Forums (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 2125   - Writing Tutor Pedagogy/Practicum (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 3020   - Culture, Communication, Work (3 Credits) 
  • ENGL 4010   - Technical Writing in the Professions (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4020   - Editing for Publication (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4025   - Writing for the Web (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4030   - Writing for Magazines (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4040    - Rhetoric, Media, and Culture (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4061   - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 4075   - Writing for Non-Profits (3 Credits)

Capstone - 3 Hours

Advanced standing in English is required for all majors prior to taking the senior seminar. To be eligible for advanced standing in English, the student must have completed 24 hours of English coursework above COM1, including the required 2000-level Historical Period courses. Each course must have been passed with a grade C or better. Approved transfer courses from other institutions will satisfy the prerequisites for advanced standing. ENGL 4999 should be taken in the next to last semester before graduation.

Additional Requirements

All English Education students are required to take the English Studies track. Students should consult with an advisor to declare a track in Literary Studies or English Studies before their junior year.

The English major requires 36 hours of work within the major and an additional 12 hours of a single foreign language. 21 of the hours within the major must be taken at the upper division. Only those courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned may count toward the 36 hours required for the B.A. and the foreign language requirement. No 1000-level courses count toward the B.A.


Most 2000-level courses require the completion of the COM1 requirement. Normally, 3000-level courses have the COM1, ENGL 2025, and one 2000-level “broad historical sweep” course (one of ENGL 2425, ENGL 2430, ENGL 2435, ENGL 2340, ENGL 2350, ENGL 2360) as prerequisites, and 4000-level courses have 6 hours of 2000-level English courses as prerequisites. Students without certain prerequisites should consult the English department for permission to enroll.

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