Degree Program Overview

The Department of English at Sam Houston State University includes award-winning, internationally published professors.

The BA in English offers small class sizes, personal attention from faculty, opportunities to interact with nationally recognized writers, and opportunities to publish and to present papers at conferences and enter writing contests.


Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English have a wide variety of minors from which to choose. English majors often minor in Creative Writing, Technical and Professional Writing, or American Studies, though many options are available to fit individual interests and career goals.

Courses offered cover such topics as American literature, British literature, world and multicultural literature, folklore, drama, literature and film, rhetoric, linguistics, composition, professional and technical writing, and creative writing.

Careers in English

  • Writing/Editing
  • Technical Communication
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business
  • Law

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Editing Experience

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty members editing the Sam Houston State Review.

Study Abroad

An exchange program with the English Department at the University of Turku in Finland allows students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year and transfer credit toward their SHSU degree. The Department also participates in other off-campus study programs.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Summer, Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the English BA brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15