English Department at UNLV


Undergraduate Program

Degree Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in English follows a course of historical study in the English language and the literatures of Britain and the United States, as well as related English-language traditions and literary works in translation. Students are trained in composition and proceed with a solid grounding in critical theory to explore literature as an artistic medium and an intellectual discipline. They acquire skills in writing and textual analysis designed to complement other academic studies and to enhance later professional and personal goals.

Learning Objectives for B.A. in English

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with major authors, works, genres, and movements in British and American literature. Our four survey courses, required for majors and English minors, are designed to insure that students master this degree objective.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, and think critically. ENG 298 Writing About Literature, required of all majors and English minors, provides a foundation in these areas, which students will continue to refine as they take more advanced courses.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of English language and linguistics. Our major requires that students take a course in linguistics, history of the English language, modern grammar, or related areas to assure that they achieve this degree objective.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and critical methods. Our ENG 303, Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism, required of all majors, introduces students to this degree objective, which will be reinforced in upper-division coursework.

  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of multi-ethnic literature. All English majors are required to complete at least one upper-division course in multi-ethnic literature (e.g., Native American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, African American, Asian, or postcolonial literature) to assure that they achieve this degree objective.

Additional Objectives for Concentration/Minor in Professional Writing

In the four core courses in Professional Writing (ENG 407A or B, 400, 406B, and 407C), students will

  • Demonstrate proficiency in designing, writing, and editing print and digital texts for a variety of audiences and purposes in professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Exhibit a complex understanding of common professional writing genres.
  • Exhibit an ability to collaborate effectively at all stages of a writing project.
  • Exhibit visual design awareness and acuity.
  • Apply a broad repertoire of research and critical-thinking skills that reflect an awareness of cultural contexts.
  • Develop strategies for learning digital/software applications and acquiring expertise.

Additional Objectives for Concentration/Minor in Creative Writing

In the three required Creative Writing workshops (ENG 205 and two sections of 402A), students will

  • Demonstrate the ability to write and rewrite fiction and poetry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to debate and discuss and critique the work of classmates.