BA in English

GW CCAS English Major Photo: A group of students discussing in classroom

The Bachelor of Arts in English is designed to help students foster both an appreciation for literary works of art and an ability to communicate passionately and elegantly about the topics that matter most to them.

Through reflection on literature, students connect reading practices with lucid writing and persuasive argumentation. The flexible English major requirements allow students to tailor their program of study to their interests.



Learning Objectives of the English Major

The English Department has set educational goals for students enrolled in the English major. By the time English majors have completed the requirements for their degree, they are expected to be able to:

  1. Recognize and demonstrate knowledge of the traditions and global diversity of literature in English (Literary Traditions and Diversity)
  2. Analyze texts within their cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts (Critical Analysis)
  3. Write lucidly and compose compelling arguments based on close reading and informed critical reflection (Argument/Close Reading)


Course Requirements

View course requirements for the BA in English on the GW Bulletin