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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for the English BA

The following is a complete listing of degree requirements for those seeking to earn a BA in English from Weekend/Evening College at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

For more information, please consult a Mount advisor.

General Studies

Total Units in General Studies: 50

Communication Skills 8 units
ENG 1A/B First-year English (3, 3)
ENG 5H First-year Honors English (3)
HIS 1A/B Western Civilization (3, 3)

Total General Studies Preparation: 6-9 units

Critical Thinking 3 units
Can be satisfied by designated courses in Philosophy or English

Arts & Sciences 21 units
Art/Music (History or Appreciation) 3 units
Literature 3 units
History (1A – Western Civilization for English majors) 3 units
Natural Science 3 units
Mathematics 3 units
Social or Behavioral Science 3 units
Economics or Political Science 3 units

Foreign Language or Culture 6 units

Philosophy and Religious Studies 15 units
Must include 3 units of Ethics
Religious Studies 6 to 9 units
Philosophy (including one course in Philosophical Ideas) 6 to 9 units

Diversity Courses 6 units
Can be satisfied by designated courses in Art, Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion 6 units

English Major

Total Units in Major: 42

42 units in English, at least 36 of which are upper division, including:

One course in advanced writing (ENG 105, 106, 107, 109,or 192) (3)
Two sequential upper-division courses in American literature (ENG 145, 146) (3, 3)
Two courses in English literature before 1700 (ENG 143 or ENG 172 and ENG 144) (3, 3)
Two courses in English literature after 1700 (ENG 147 and ENG148 or ENG 156H) (3, 3)
One genre course (ENG 161,162, or 163) (3)
One course in World Literature (ENG 18/118, ENG 28/128, or ENG 131) (3)
One Shakespeare course (ENG 73 or 173) (3)
Theory and Criticism (ENG 181) (3)
English Seminar (ENG 195) (3)
Two electives chosen from English offerings (3, 3)

Strongly Recommended but not Required:
ENG 70/170 Western Literary Heritage (3)

Free Electives

Total Units of Free Electives: 41

Any courses whatsoever may be chosen for 41 units of academic credit, of which 18 or 21 units may be used to constitute a minor.

Any English course completed with a grade of D or below is not acceptable toward a major in English.

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including Modern Language requirement.

At least 15 upper division units must be completed in the MSMU English Program.

Total Units for the Major: 42

Total Units for Complete Bachelor’s Degree: 124