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Weekend/Evening & Online College



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Weekend/Evening & Online College’s English degree program helps you develop your American, British and World literature skills while you prepare for a writing, journalism or teaching career.

When you choose Weekend/Evening & Online College’s English BA degree program, you will not only explore the world of literature, but also develop critical thinking skills in close, one-on-one academic relationships with your instructors.

The English major explores how people communicate and reflect on their existence. It gives sustained training in critical thinking, writing, creative self-expression, and the preceptive reading of literature. Because English majors get extensive experience in analyzing, solving problems, researching, organizing, studying human behavior, writing, and speaking, they have the background for careers in law, business management, journalism, public relations, teaching, public administration, and many areas of writing.

It’s all possible with an English degree from Weekend/Evening & Online College at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Available Program Formats

Learn more about our program formats and hear from our students about their unique experiences.

Weekend, Evening & Online

Choose your own schedule. Instruction takes place on select weekends, evenings, in-person or online. Combine all formats, or choose the one that works for you.

Degree Requirements

The following is a complete listing of degree requirements for those seeking to earn a BA in English from Weekend/Evening & Online College at Mount Saint Mary’s University. For more information, please consult a Mount advisor.

General Studies

50 units total

Communication Skills (8 units)

Total General Studies Preparation: 6-9 units

  • ENG 1A/B: Freshman English (3 units, 3 units)
  • ENG 5H: Freshman Honors English (3 units)
    HIS 1A/B: Western Civilization (3 units, 3 units)

Critical Thinking (3 units)

Diversity Courses (6 units)

Arts & Sciences (21 units)

  • Art/Music – History or Appreciation (3 units)
  • Literature (3 units)
  • HIS 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)

English Major

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

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

Strongly Recommended but not Required:

  • ENG 70/170: Western Literary Heritage (3 units)

Free Electives

41 units total

Additional Notes

  • 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

Total Units for Major: 42 units

Total Units for Complete Bachelor's Degree: 124 units