Department of English

University of Mississippi

B.A. in English

English majors explore the power of texts in expressing human cultures and imaginations, and hone foundational skills in argumentation and analysis through writing and research. As English majors, our students become acquainted with the meaningful and moving creations of the verbal arts that have shaped their history and world. They connect to people of the past and today through literature, contemplate moral issues, interrogate cultural conundrums, weigh others’ arguments, and advocate for better futures. And they learn to explain what you’ve learned with elegance and style.

Our graduates go everywhere. English is a relevant and adaptable undergraduate degree. In this new information age, analyzing and interpreting complex information for a specific audience is a crucial skill. Gaining interpersonal and intellectual proficiencies sought in the workforce empowers students to navigate changing and diverse futures.

English majors build careers in journalism, education, marketing, professional and creative writing, entertainment, business, information technology, editing and publishing, medicine, public relations, law, communications, politics, activism, and more.

The B.A. in English degree is offered through the College of Liberal Arts. Full degree requirements are available online in the UM Undergraduate Catalog.

B.A. in English

A major in English consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours (10 courses) beyond the two sophomore-level literature survey courses required for all students in the College of Liberal Arts. These 30 hours must include:

  • ENG 299, a foundational course in literary interpretation that prepares students for advanced coursework in English
  • At least one 300 level or above course from each of the following categories:
    • Literatures of the Medieval Period
    • Literatures of the Early Modern Period
    • Literatures of the 18th and 19th Centuries
    • Literatures of the 20th and 21st Centuries
    • Counter-Canons and Critical Issues
  • A capstone course with a significant research and writing component
  • English electives to explore other interests like creative writing, film, gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, linguistics, the South, literary theory, world literatures, and popular culture

The capstone course and at least three additional courses must be at the 400-level or above. Whereas 300-level courses are usually organized around a single literary movement, period, cultural tradition, genre, or critical theme, 400-level courses narrow further. They offer in-depth consideration of a literary topic and set of critical questions, and students typically read both primary and secondary texts. In the creative writing curriculum, 300-level courses introduce students to terms and techniques and then allow students to narrow their focus to one genre. 400-level courses expand and deepen students’ thinking concerning methods of creating, revising, and responding to original work in a particular genre.

B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis: Students can pursue an optional creative writing emphasis as part of their major coursework through electives. Students must take ENG 300 and three more eligible creative writing courses. At least one course must be at the 400-level or above.


Requirements Checklist for Majors
ENG 399: Internship Application
ENG 496: Directed Reading Application
Degree Application Review Checklist
English Course Level Overview
College of Liberal Arts Advising Information


Sample Four-Year Academic Course Plans

for students enrolling as freshmen
with Creative Writing Emphasis for students enrolling as freshmen
for students enrolling as junior transfer students


Old Curriculum (for students enrolling before Fall 2013)

Requirements Checklist (old curriculum)
Pre-1800s Course List


To learn more about majoring in English, contact:

Professor Caroline Wigginton
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English
The University of Mississippi
C128 Bondurant Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7439