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The goals of the English major include knowledge of British and American literature; understanding the historical and cultural range of literature, the development of language in literature, the strategies of textual interpretation; ability to conduct and use literary research and to write clearly and effectively.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA Tech Park

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
MATH 105, LING 178, MATH 112, PHIL 110 or select courses of higher level Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
ENGL 280 Intro To Literature 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
5th Semester
ENGL 380 Literary Analysis 3
ENGL 373A British and American Literature: Beowulf to 1660 3
ENGL 200/300/400 elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
ENGL 373B British and American Literature: Restoration to the 19th Century 3
ENGL 396A Junior Proseminar 3
ENGL 200/300/400 elective 3
ENGL 300/400 level elective 3
Minor Course 3
7th Semester
ENGL 431A or B Shakespeare 3
ENGL 300/400 level elective 3
ENGL 300/400 level elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
ENGL 496A - Senior Proseminar (Studies in Authors, Periods, Genres, and Themes) 3
ENGL 300/400 level elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

In addition to broad coverage in British and American literature, English majors gain a foundation in history, culture, and critical theory and develop strong interpretation, analysis, research, writing, and communication skills. Graduates are well prepared for careers in communications, publishing, education, outreach, and journalism. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in English, cultural studies, education, women’s studies, law, or communications. English, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field.

Potential Career Areas

  • English
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Outreach
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Human resources

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Adult education centers
  • Publishing Comapanies
  • Print and broadcast media
  • Websites
  • Advertising firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Businesses

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Editorial Assistant, Magazine $25,000 - $35,000
High School English Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Adult Basic Education Instructor $27,100 - $46,500
Copy Editor $24,590 - $41,460
Advertising Copywriter $41,000 - $55,000
Technical Writer $43,500 - $65,000
Staff Writer $20,000 - $34,500
International Educator $35,000 - $60,000
Public Information Officer $30,000 - $60,000
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Internet Critic $18,000 - $60,000
Human Resources Specialist $29,100 - $52,700