BA in English

Units required for Major: 44, 27-30 of which must be upper division
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The English department of California State University, Sacramento, is a community of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, and the teaching of English as a second language. The department seeks to help students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and realize their own intellectual and creative goals.

At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the English Department presents a broad and balanced curriculum designed to develop the reading and writing skills, the interpretative abilities, and the cultural awareness of its students by maintaining and enhancing a tradition of strong teaching, solid scholarship, and vigorous support of creative literary activity.

Minimum Grade Requirement

English majors must achieve a grade of "C-" or better in all courses included in the major, unless otherwise specified.

Note: With the noted exception of ENGL 5, English courses may NOT be challenged.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (9 Units)
Select three of the following: 19
Introduction to British Literature I 2
Introduction to British Literature II 2
Introduction to American Literature I 2
Introduction to American Literature II 2
Introduction to World Literatures in English 2
Required Upper Division Courses (10 Units)
ENGL 120AAdvanced Composition4
ENGL 198XSenior Portfolio2
ENGL 198TSenior Seminar In English 34
Additional Requirements
Historical Breadth requirement
Select one of the following (unless ENGL 40A or ENGL 50A has been taken as one of the required Lower Division courses). 4
Introduction to British Literature I 2
Introduction to American Literature I 2
History of the English Language
Medieval Literature
The English Renaissance
Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Drama
British Literature, 1660-1780
The Eighteenth-Century British Novel
Renaissance Drama
The Essential Shakespeare
Shakespop: Shakespeare and Popular Culture 2
Chaucer - Canterbury Tales
Shakespeare - Early Plays, 1592-1600
Shakespeare - Later Plays, 1600-1612
John Milton
Early American Literature
Electives (25 Units)
Select 25 units; these 25 units must include a course that meets the Historical Breadth requirement unless that requirement has been met by taking ENGL 40A or ENGL 50A as one of the required Lower Division courses 525
Total Units44


  • Students must complete 18 units of English, of which at least 15 must be in upper division (100-level) courses, in residence at California State University, Sacramento.
  • The following courses may not be included toward the major:
    ENGL 1Basic Writing Skills3
    ENGL 3Introduction to Academic Discourse4
    ENGL 3MIntroduction to Academic Discourse for Multilingual Students4
    ENGL 5Accelerated Academic Literacies3
    ENGL 1CCritical Thinking and Writing3
    ENGL 1XAcademic Literacies Workshop1
    ENGL 5MAccelerated Academic Literacies - Multilingual3
    ENGL 10Academic Literacies I3
    ENGL 10MAcademic Literacies I - Multilingual3
    ENGL 11Academic Literacies II3
    ENGL 11MAcademic Literacies II-Multilingual3
    ENGL 20College Composition II3
    ENGL 20MCollege Composition II for Multilingual Students3
    ENGL 60Active Reading Across the Curriculum2
    ENGL 60MReading for Speed and Efficiency for Multilingual Students2
    ENGL 85Grammar for Multilingual Writers2
    ENGL 86College Language Skills for Multilingual Students4
    ENGL 87Basic Writing Skills for Multilingual Students3
    ENGL 109MPreparing to Write in the Disciplines - Multilingual3
    ENGL 109WPreparing to Write in the Disciplines3
    ENGL 109XWriting-Intensive Workshop1
  • Up to 6 units of ENGL 199 may be included in the 27 upper division units. Three units in an upper division literature class from another major may also be included.
  • English majors must fulfill the GE Writing Intensive "supervenient requirement" with courses in the major, only.

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (6 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (9 Units)
English Composition II 30
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 46