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English Majors & Minors

Coursework Requirements

Students enrolled at Ohio State will complete the English major with a minimum of 39 credit hours in the major (13 courses). Of these 39 hours, 18 - 21 hours will be taken in the student’s chosen concentration. At Ohio State Marion, students can choose from the following concentrations:

All students must complete three survey courses in literature and literary history, as well as one diversity in English studies course.

Complete listing of course requirements in each area of concentration

Students should consult with the English advisor, Shellie Shirk, when planning their schedules. To schedule an appointment, call (740) 725-6334.

Additional Requirements for Honors Students

English majors who are members of the Arts and Sciences honors program will complete the English major program as outlined above; however, at least 3 of these 13 courses must be 3000-level English honors seminars. For information on Ohio State Marion’s honors program, contact Honors Director, John Maharry.

English Minors including Professional Writing and Creative Writing

Academic minors can enhance professional employment opportunities and provide students with an additional area of focus. Most minors at The Ohio State University require 12-18 credit hours. Students completing majors other than English at Ohio State Marion have the opportunity to earn a minor in English, creative writing and/or professional writing. Student completing the English major at Ohio State Marion have the opportunity to earn a minor in creative writing and/or professional writing. See requirements for each minor below:

Career preparation

The English department offers a course focused on career planning for English majors. During this course, students meet with alumni, examine the value of attending graduate or professional school, organize internship and job searches, and prepare job application and interview materials.

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