English forms the cornerstone of the humanities. In a variety of courses in literature, writing, and the English language, students find a source of personal enrichment, and they develop verbal, analytical, and cultural skills readily adaptable to a variety of careers. Students in English may elect any of several degree options. Students may choose the Bachelor of Arts leading to a major in English and an emphasis in writing (technical and professional or creative). They may also elect a major in English and take coursework leading to teaching certification in English, Language Arts, and Reading. In addition English offers an interdisciplinary minor in American Studies.
Our department offers students a number of extracurricular activities. Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, invites junior and senior English majors to become members of this prestigious national organization, with membership in the society recorded on each student's transcript. The Texas Review is a nationally recognized literary magazine published twice a year, and Texas Review Press publishes some fourteen books annually. Student-exchange programs and other study-abroad options are offered. English also has a number of scholarships available for qualifying undergraduates.
The English major requires a total of 36 hours of English coursework. All general degree requirements including a minor must also be met. ENGL 1301 and 1302 may not be used to meet the 36-hour major requirement.
English Certification Major
A student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree may obtain teaching certification by completing our English certification and the required coursework in professional education (CISE).
Courses Transfer Students Should Take:*
|SHSU Course Number||College/TCCN||SHSU Course Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|ENGL 1301||ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1302||ENGL 1302||Composition II||3|
|ENGL 2332||ENGL 2332||Wrld Lit I: Before 17 Century||3|
|ENGL 2333||ENGL 2333||World Lit II: 17th C & After||3|
*Note: Other courses may transfer, depending upon the selected degree or program. For a complete listing of degree-specific requirements, please, review the degree plan within the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Bachelor of Arts, Major in English
- Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Education and English
- Minor in American Studies
- Minor in Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking
- Minor in Creative Writing
- Minor in English
- Minor in Technical and Professional Writing
- Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication
Field of Study
Sam Houston State University supports the State of Texas Fields of Study.
The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University (to be used by all incoming students as of fall 2014) contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing nine component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a selection of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The Core Curriculum details Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents for college transfer students which comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.
Many SHSU disciplines including the sciences, business, and education require specific courses from the SHSU core as degree specific graduation requirements. To minimize cost and time to complete degree requirements always select SHSU/transfer core courses specified as degree requirements in your intended major. If you have not decided on a major, select core courses supporting your intended area of academic concentration.
Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major. Selection of major-specified core courses reduces the total number of hours required for graduation.
If you do not see a Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to Transfer Course Equivalency Guide and select your institution from the drop-down menu. The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses from your institution to SHSU courses.