English BA

Capstone Program

The English major is a designated capstone major. Students have the option of completing a capstone seminar or other culminating work that enables them to use knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework to engage, under the guidance of a faculty member, in literary research or other creative projects that result in a final paper or other product.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English has an optional concentration in creative writing for students who have been admitted to and completed three creative writing workshops in a single genre of either poetry or short story. Students are expected to meet with the undergraduate counselors and undergraduate faculty adviser to plan and follow a course of study that incorporates their interests and goals with the fulfillment of requirements for the degree.

Learning Outcomes

The English major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Proficiency in a broad knowledge/skill set including research methods, critical thinking, and analytical writing
  • Familiarity with basic project material including data from multiple sources
  • Familiarity with relevant scholarly and current debates in the field
  • Conception and execution of an independent project
  • Demonstrated seminar or workshop skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated defense-of-scholarship skills

Preparation for the Major

Required: English Composition 3, English 4W or 4HW or 4WS, 10A, 10B, 10C taken in the stated sequence (each course is a requisite for the next course). A grade of C or better is required in each course.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the English major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one English composition course, one English critical reading and writing course, one year of English literature survey courses, and two years of one foreign language or a combination of foreign language and foreign literature courses.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Ten 4- or 5-unit upper-division English courses, including (1) four historical period courses, one from each of the following four periods: (a) literatures in English to 1500—course 140A through 148 or indicated sections of 149, (b) literatures in English, 1500 to 1700—course 150A through 157, indicated sections of 159 or 159R or 166A, (c) literatures in English, 1700 to 1850—course 160A through 165C, 166B through 168, 176, or indicated sections of 169 or 169R, and (d) literatures in English, 1850 to present—course M101B, M101C, M102A, M102B, M104A through M104D, M105B through M105E, 116B, 130, 131, 164B, 164C, 164D, 167A, 167B, 168, 170A through 174C, 176, 179, or 179R; (2) three breadth courses, one from each of three of the following four areas: (a) gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality studies—English 100 through 109, M126, 135, 155, 163C, 165B, 166C, or indicated sections of 119, 139, 149, 159, 159R, 169, 169R, 179, or 179R, (b) imperial, transnational, and postcolonial studies—course M105A through M105D, 112D, 128, 130 through 135, 154, 157, 163B, 164D, 165A, 166A, 166B, 176, or indicated sections of 149, 159, 159R, 169, 169R, 179, or 179R, (c) genre studies, interdisciplinary studies, critical theory—course 111A through 129, 144, 146, 147, 153, 156, 161A, 161B, 161C, 163A, 163C, 164A through 164D, 167A, 167B, 171A through 177, or indicated sections of 149, 159, 159R, 169, 169R, 179, or 179R, and (d) creative writing—courses 136, 137, M138; (3) two elective courses (two sections of English 110B may fulfill one elective; English 195CE is not applicable); (4) one seminar from course 180 through 184, or M191A through M191E. Admission to creative writing workshops (courses 136, 137, M138) is by application only. Each course applied toward requirements for the major must be 4 or 5 units and be taken for a letter grade.

Creative Writing Concentration

The creative writing concentration consists of the same requirements as the major, with the exception that one breadth course must be taken from the creative writing area (English 136, 137), and both electives must be creative writing workshops (courses 136, 137). All other requirements remain the same. English M138 cannot satisfy any breadth or workshop requirements in the concentration and may only be applied toward the basic English major. Students may declare creative writing as a concentration only after they have completed three creative writing workshops in a single genre of either poetry or short story. Students may not enroll in more than one workshop (course 136, 137, or M138) per term or in more than two workshops with the same instructor. No student may take for credit more than three poetry or short story workshops. Students planning to select this program should contact the departmental counselor for more details.