BA Honors

Bachelor of Arts – Honors in English

Students who pursue the Honors program in English will enjoy a concentrated and intensive encounter with language, literature, and other cultural forms – including popular culture and new media – across a diverse range of courses. Offering all the intellectual and educational opportunities of the English Major, the Honors program is distinct in three key ways:

  • students must maintain strong academic performance  (General grades of 3.0/English grades of 3.3 or higher);
  • students enjoy even greater specialization in English than afforded by the Major;
  • students complete a unique course, ENGL 498, which involves mentored independent research culminating in an original honors essay.

Honors English students are eligible for Honors prizes and, in the program’s fourth year, an extended library loan period. They also enjoy representation on Departmental Committees and have access to the Undergraduate Student Lounge, where they can meet other students with similar interests. While today an increasing diversity of educational backgrounds will prepare students for advanced study in English, the Honors program remains a reliable pathway to graduate work in the discipline.

What courses do you need for the BA Honors in English?


In addition to satisfying the Faculty’s Basic Requirements for the BA (and any relevant requirements toward a minor), students taking the Honors in English must complete between 54 and 72 credits in Senior English (including at least 9 credits at each of the 200 and 400 levels) as well as ENGL 498: Honors Essay. For complete program information, click on the Honors/Combined Program Planner pdf on the right.

Bachelor of Arts – Combined Honors

Students may choose to pursue a combined Honors degree in English and Creative Writing, English and another discipline, or Creative Writing and another discipline. For complete program information, click on the Honors/Combined Program Planner pdf below.

English and Creative Writing: A combined Honors degree in English and Creative Writing involves the minimum English requirements and the minimum Creative Writing requirements, plus 18 credits in options; ENGL 498 may be scholarly, creative, or both.

English and Another Discipline: A combined Honors degree in English and another discipline requires a minimum of 36 credits in English at the 200 level or above (including at least 6 at the 400 level, among them ENGL 498 or equivalent).