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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Apr 19, 2024
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English, BA

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Contact: Professor Donald Ulin, Program Director

From medieval Europe to African villages to the back roads of America, an English major will take students to new places and introduce them to the company of authors and characters they won’t meet anywhere else. Building on a solid core of British, American, and contemporary world literature, students design a curriculum to suit their own interests and career plans, drawing on courses from creative writing, environmental literature, and literatures from around the world.

The English major provides one of the strongest foundations for a wide range of careers, including business, law, teaching, public service, journalism, creative writing, and publishing. The reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills students will develop in the English major are the skills that will eventually take them past the entry-level position and into a career. Many English majors supplement their primary program with internships, academic minors, study abroad programs, and other enhancements.

A minor is not required, but many students combine the English major with minors in business, environmental studies, theater, public relations, or philosophy. Once students have chosen to major in English, an advisor will work with them to design a program that best meets their needs.

Degree Requirements

Six courses required from the following list:

including at least one course from a period prior to 1800 (indicated with asterisks), and one course from each group (18 credits)

Western Foundations

(these courses cannot count as pre-1800)


Twelve additional credits of electives in English, writing, or comparative literature courses: At least 9 credits from all of the credits counting toward the major (in addition to capstone and critical methods) must be taken at the 1300 or 1400 level. Three of those credits may include ENG 1499 Internship .

Total credits required for the major: 42-51

Minor (recommended): 15-24

General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

(See General Education Program  and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Suggested Course of Study

First Year

Credits: 31

Second Year

Credits: 30

Third Year


  • 3 English coverage courses - 9 Credits
  • 3Upper-level major electives - 9 Credits
  • Minor courses, general education, or elective courses - 12 Credits

Credits: 30

Fourth Year

Credits: 30

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