Literature, Media, and Culture Undergraduate Curriculum and Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

For general prerequisite information, please consult the Academic Program Guide

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Major Program of Studies at FSU: (36 hours)

Thirty-six semester hours of English in courses at the 2000 level and above. At least twenty-one semester hours must be in courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels, including at least nine semester hours at the 4000 level. Honors thesis hours may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, but only three semester hours will be accepted for major credit. One English course used to satisfy the humanities requirement for liberal studies may be counted as part of the major. All courses counted toward the major must carry the grade of "C minus" or better. A minor in another department is also required; all courses counted toward the minor also must carry the grade of "C minus" or better.


(Students must complete all four courses)

  • ENG2012: Intro to English Studies
  • LIT3112: Literary History I
  • LIT3124: Literary History II
  • ENG3014: Understanding Theory

*Core courses must be taken before student reaches ninety (90) semester hours.


(Students must see an advisor for the list of approved courses)

  • Diversity (6 hours)
  • Pre-1800 (3 hours)
  • Understanding Genres (3 hours)


(Student must take the course after earning at least 90 credit hours)

  • ENG4934: Senior Literature Seminar


(Students must complete four courses at 2000+ level)

  • AML, ENL, LIT, CRW, ENG or ENC Prefix

Minor Coursework: (12 hours minimum)

  • At least 12 hours in an approved minor. Specific requirements are determined by the minor area.

Computer Skills Competency: (0-3 hours)

  • Undergraduate majors in English satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C minus” or higher in an approved computer competency course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)

  • Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary

  • Min. Hrs. Required 120
  • General Education 36*
  • Major Coursework 36
  • Minor Coursework 12 minimum
  • Other Coursework 0-12 (depending on foreign language placement)
  • Computer Skills 0-3
  • Oral Competency 0-3
  • Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Note: 3 hours of English may be used to meet both General Education and Major Coursework requirements.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:

  • To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Education, including all freshman English and mathematics, or an AA.

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:

  • The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Writer, Press Relations, Teacher, Critic, Personnel Officer, Archivist, Lawyer, Editor/Editorial Assistant, Researcher, Investigator, Administrative Officer, Reporter, Technical Writer, Management Trainee, Public Relations Specialist, Speech Writer, Legislative Assistant, Trainee, Information Specialist.

Representative Employers: Local School Boards; Universities, Colleges, Junior Colleges; Businesses; Publishers of Magazines, Newspapers, Books. An English major can qualify for a variety of positions in Education, State and Federal Government, and private industry and business. English majors are attractive to employers because of their classroom training in analysis, research, and interpretation, and because they are expected to be able to communicate effectively on paper or in public.

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