B.A. in English


Dr. Kristen Harmon, Major/Minor Coordinator
Hall Memorial Building, Room N207E

The study of language and literature is the heart of a liberal arts education. The major program at Gallaudet provides not only an understanding of our rich literary heritage, but also offers an opportunity to develop the advanced reading and writing abilities necessary for anyone wishing to participate fully in modern society. A major or minor in English prepares students for graduate school, careers in education, professional, and creative writing, and for a variety of professional fields. A minor in Writing provides students with the critical thinking skills and information and digital literacies that are essential to employment in the professional world, as well as the exploration of their creative capacities. Students who major in English may also minor in writing, but courses cannot be double-counted

Honors Requirements

The English Department's Honors Major provides students with unusual academic ability and
interest in English to enhance their learning with in-depth projects within selected major courses and
through a culminating research or creative writing project. The major courses selected for in-depth
work may also count toward the University's Honors Program, but requirements for the culminating
project differ; to learn more see the University Honors Program section in the catalog.

Admission to the Honors major program

To qualify, students must have:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 208.
  • An essay explaining why the student wants an honors degree in English and what the student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses in English are (see the major/minor coordinator for more information). Students should apply for honors in the major at the same time they apply for entrance to the major.

Requirements to graduate with honors in the major:

  • A 3.3 average in English major-level courses.
  • A grade of B or better in ENG 399
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 493.
  • Twelve credits (4 courses) of honors level work in the major. One course must be ENG 493, which counts only towards honors in the major. The remaining three courses may also count for the university honors program. An honors contract must be established at the beginning of each course, to be approved by the course instructor, the Major/Minor Coordinator, and the Director of the Honors Program (if the course will also count towards the university honors program). A grade of B or better and satisfactory completion of the contract, as determined by the instructor, is necessary to receive honors credit.

Declaring a Major

Admission to the English major program requirements:

A grade of C+ or better in ENG 208 or ENG 250 or their equivalents, and an interview with Major/Minor coordinator or chair.

Admission to the major is conditional upon review by the Major/Minor coordinator and major advisory committee. Students who are not approved by the Major/Minor coordinator and major advisory committee may appeal to the department chair. Transfer students who have taken the equivalent of ENG 208 or ENG 250 should bring their transcript to a meeting with the Major/Minor Coordinator in order to initiate the application process.

Students who have not yet declared a major in the English Department may take up to twelve credits of courses numbered 380 or above with permission of the English Major/Minor coordinator; thereafter, admission to the major program is required.