Bachelor of Arts in English at COC
Language & Literature Emphasis
The BA in English emphasizes in-depth study of the nature of the English language, the British, American, and other literary traditions, creative writing, and critical approaches to literature. The program offers both breadth and flexibility in preparation for myriad career opportunities.
Students complete the equivalent of 2 years of lower division coursework at a community college prior to applying for admission to CSUB. Transfer courses will include all lower division general education requirements. Sixty transferable semester or ninety quarter units are required for admission to CSUB. It is highly recommended that all lower division general education requirements be completed prior to admission to the program to ensure timely completion of the degree requirements.
The English Department provides a diversified major and satisfies all of the following requirements: English major requirements, American Institutions, Upper Division Writing Competency (GWAR) and Gender/Race/Ethnicity Studies. Students will complete a combination of face to face and online courses throughout the program.
- 60 transferable units from an accredited college
- Area A and B4 of general education requirements completed (it is advised that all lower division general education be completed prior to admission to ensure timely program completion)
- 2.0 GPA in all college coursework
- Completed CSUB Extended University Undergraduate application
- One official transcript from each college attended. Digital transcripts are not accepted. Hard copy transcripts are required.
- $75 application fee
Lower Division General Education
All lower division General Education coursework will be completed at an accredited college prior to entry into the English program. Students should request a CSU General Education Certification when requesting transcripts.
2 years of High School foreign language or 1 semester of College level foreign language is required for graduation. CSUB will not deliver foreign language classes. If the requirement was not met in High School, students will fulfill the requirement at an institution such as COC.
Lower Division Major Coursework
ENGL 101 English Composition & Literature (to be completed at COC)
ENGL 205, 207, 208, 290, 294, or 295 (to be completed at CSUB)
ENGL 200 The English Major (to be completed through CSUB)
Upper Division Major Coursework
Upper Division Core
ENGL 300 Critical Approaches to Literature
ENGL 311 Writing Literary Analysis (fulfills GWAR requirement)
ENGL 319 Structure of English or
ENGL 414 History of the English Language
ENGL 335 Shakespeare I or
ENGL 325 Chaucer
ENGL 320 Medieval English Literature: 450-1500 or
ENGL 330 Renaissance English Literature: 1500-1660 or
ENGL 340 Restoration & Eighteenth Century English Literature
a. ENGL 350 Romantic English Literature: 1785-1837 or
ENGL 380 Major American Authors: Beginnings to the Civil War or
b. ENGL 351 Victorian English Literature: 1837-1901 or
ENGL 381 Major American Authors: The Late 19th Century
c. ENGL 360 Modern English Literature; 1901-1945 or
ENGL 361 Contemporary English Literature: 1945 to the present or
ENGL 382 Major American Authors: Twentieth Century to the Present
Upper Division General Education
Theme 1: Natural Sciences and Technology
Theme 2: Arts and Humanities
Theme 3: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gender, Race, & Ethnicity
ENGL 490 Senior Seminar
Area of Specialization - Children's Literature
ENGL 470 Studies in Nineteenth Century Children's Literature
ENGL 471 Studies in Twentieth Century Children's Lit
ENGL 472 Young Adult Novel
ENGL 473 Children's Literature & International Myth, Folk Tale, and Film
Communications or Sociology