Bachelor of Arts in English Honors Program

The English Honors Program offers an alternative way to fulfill the requirements of an English major. Open to students with a strong academic record (3.3 or better university GPA; 3.5 or better in English major), superior writing ability, and eagerness to participate in discussions and to study a subject in-depth, the English Honors Program has three distinct advantages over the conventional English major:

  • Flexibility
  • Opportunity for seminar work
  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty

Students who wish to become candidates for degrees with honors in English are encouraged to consult early with the Department of English undergraduate advisor.

View complete program requirements (see English honors section at the bottom of the bulletin page)

Admission into the honors program

Candidates for the English Honors Program may be recommended by members of the faculty, or students may nominate themselves. Application for the honors program should include a writing sample and a copy of your current transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable). A letter of recommendation from a Department of English faculty member is required and should be sent directly to the English honors liaison by the recommender.

Honors option requirement

In addition to the other honor program requirements, the fulfillment of the honors-option consists of one 5000-level course in the English Honors curriculum must be taken with an honors option. Students will arrange for an honors-option by contracting with a professor teaching a 5000-level English course to do honors-level work in that course, beyond the standard requirements set forth in the syllabus (at least 10 percent more work).

Supplementary work required for the honors-option might consist of an extra paper, a significantly longer-term paper, evidence of additional readings (for example, through journal entries), an oral or written report, or an approved service-learning component. Learn more about service-learning opportunities for definitions and guidelines.

To download the honors option form and instructions, visit Note: Honors option forms must be approved by the Department of English advisor prior to submission to the Honors College.

To obtain the honors project proposal form and instructions, please contact the Department of English undergraduate advisor.