English Major Requirements

B.A. in English (all concentrations) Important Requirements:

  • Must have 120 credit hours to graduate.

  • May count no more than four 2000-level English courses towards their major.

  • Must have at least four 4000-level English courses to fulfill the degree requirements. 

  • Students who entered the university during the catalog years 2020-21 and earlier must have a minor or 2nd major declared in order to graduate. Students enrolled in the 2021-2022+ catalog year are not required to have a minor or second major. 

  • Must have a 2.0 GPA overall and in the major (and in any minor or second/double major) to graduate.

  • Must complete COMM 1101.

  • Must take a Diversity class offered by the English Department.

  • Must have at least 2 Writing Intensive classes to graduate. 

  • Must complete a Foreign Language:

    • Students with an English major (all concentrations) on the 2022-23+ catalog years are required to demonstrate proficiency in the foreign language of their choice through the 1202 level. Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways: 

      • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
      • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
      • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
      • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
      • By transferring in with an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree
      • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)
    • Students with an English major (all concentrations) on the 2021-22 and previous catalog years are required to demonstrate foreign language competency at the intermediate level.  Intermediate proficiency requires completion of a 2000-level or above course in a foreign language that uses the Latin alphabet (e.g., French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish) or a 1202-level course in a language that does not use the Latin alphabet (e.g., Chinese, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, etc.). 

      • The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines indicates that proficiency is demonstrated by testing reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  American Sign Language uses a Latin-based alphabet for reading, because reading and writing proficiency for ASL would be tested in English. Intermediate proficiency in ASL requires completion of a 2000-level or above course.