Two program options are available for English majors at Penn State Behrend. The Literature, Film, and Culture Option explores the role of narrative within different cultural and historical contexts, and emphasizes literary theory, film, philosophy, and gender studies. This option culminates in a senior project involving close interaction with a mentoring professor.

The Professional Writing Option emphasizes the editorial process and the role of writing in the workplace. This track features courses in editing, writing for the Web, and business and technical writing. The option culminates in an off-campus professional internship, granting students invaluable writing experience within a chosen career field.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the English bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest. 

Semester 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language I (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5

Semester 2

  • The Graphic Novel (LFC Option) (3 credits)
  • English Language Analysis (PW Option) (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language II (4 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Critical Reading (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language III (4 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 4

  • Literature and Empire (LFC Option) (3 credits)
  • Public Relations (PW Option) (3 credits)
  • Literature and Culture (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Additional Required Courses
    Globality and Literature; Contemporary Literary Theory and Practice; The English Renaissance or Shakespeare
  • Literature, Film, and Culture Option Supporting Courses
    Narrative Theory: Film and Literature; Writing for the Web; Aesthetics; Senior Thesis in English; The Art of the Cinema; Performing Arts; The Popular Arts in America: Mass Media Arts; Teaching Children’s Literature; British Women Writers; Women Writers and Their Worlds; American Women Writers
  • Professional Writing Option Supporting Courses
    Introduction to Article Writing; The Editorial Process; Advanced Technical Writing and Editing; Advanced Business Writing; Reading Fiction; Reading Poetry; Reading Nonfiction; Advanced Nonfiction Writing; Writing for the Web; Nonfiction Workshop; American Nonfiction Prose; Business or Technical Writing Practicum; Newspaper Practicum; Newspaper Editorial Staff; Introduction to Advertising; Electronic News Gathering and Editing; Reporting Methods; Public Relations Media and Methods; Principles of Marketing

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See for specific degree requirements.