English majors learn to think, read, and write critically about how literature and language influence individuals and society. They study the major literary movements and genres in British, American, and global literature in English and learn about the many dimensions of literature and how it is created and circulates in the world.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Literature and writing are the main areas of study in the English BA program, with the greatest amount of time spent in literature courses. Each student takes at least seven literature courses and one writing course with the option for four additional courses in an area of their choice.
The department also offers courses in film, critical theory, cultural studies, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction writing. Courses in English literary studies focused on particular historical periods, geographical areas, and communities, teach the significance of texts in the cultures from which they emerge. Due to the wide variety of courses available, many English majors also choose a second area of concentration, major, or minor.
Review English in the General Catalog for details about required course work for the major or minor and graduating with honors.
English Honors Program
English majors may apply to the English Honors Program. Admission is selective and requires a grade-point average of at least 3.33. The English Honors Program also fulfills Part 2 of the university's Honors Program.
If you're interested in teaching English at the secondary school level, you'll need to apply to and complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP). Your English adviser can help you choose courses to take prior to application.