UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

English Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in English, Literature Emphasis; English, Creating Writing Emphasis; or in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The B.A. is a degree for the twenty-first century in its emphasis on broad learning, international studies, and the learning of languages. No minor is needed for this degree.

The B.A. in English, Literature Emphasis-Liberal Arts prepares students to be broadly educated, culturally and historically, and skilled in thinking critically, researching, and writing. The degree prepares students for jobs in business, government and nonprofit organizations, journalism, and publishing.

The B.A. in English, Creative Writing Emphasis-Liberal Arts gives students preparation in both creative writing and literature. This degree helps students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or a career in the publishing and writing fields.

The B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Liberal Arts prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in other countries or in private schools, businesses, or organizations here in the U.S.


The Bachelor of Science-Liberal Arts degree is offered in English or in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The B.S. is designed for those who wish to supplement their expertise in English with a second field of concentrated study: a minor.

The B.S. in English, Literature Emphasis-Liberal Arts prepares students through their broad education and important general skills to enter various careers, and they choose minors that supplement their career goals. Some commonly chosen minors are history, film studies, journalism, professional writing, art, speech, and one of the modern languages. If a modern language is not chosen as a minor, a modern language course is strongly recommended as a liberal arts elective.

The B.S. in English, Creative Writing Emphasis-Liberal Arts gives students preparation in both creative writing and literature. This degree helps students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or a career in the publishing and writing fields.

The B.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Liberal Arts prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in other countries or in private schools, businesses, or organizations here in the U.S. A minor in a modern language is one of the ideal complementary minors, but TESOL majors choose a variety of minors as well.


The Bachelor of Science (Education) degree is primarily intended to certify students to teach English in public high schools though the core skills it develops have broad application as well. The B.S. in English-Education prepares students to teach literature, interpretive skills, writing, language, research, and critical thinking skills in high schools. Students must choose a minor. Minors in which students can obtain a second certification to teach in that subject are popular choices. Some of these minors include communication studies and theatre arts, a modern language, journalism, and history. An English Minor (Education) is available.

The B.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Education prepares students to teach children who are non-native speakers of English in the public schools. Depending on the educational setting in which the student intends to work, such a major can work well with any of the minors that are certifiable areas of study.

The Bachelor of Science in Broad Area English-Education major is designed to provide prospective teachers additional areas of study to support and enrich their concentration on English courses. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Public Instruction recommend this degree. No minor is required with a Broad Area B.S. degree. The core of the program is a 36-hour group of courses that is similar to the English Education major, along with the required education courses, to which are added 27 hours of appropriate courses selected from journalism, professional writing, film, multicultural studies, speech, and theater.

Note: In Broad Area programs of study, students may double-count TWO courses in the General Education requirements in their major as well. These categories relevant to Broad Area English are (HF) Humanities/Fine Arts, (EC) Ethical Citizenship, (SB) Social/Behavioral Sciences, and (MD) Multidisciplinary. ENGL 106 meets one of the HF requirements.

Students must also meet two university requirements: (ACD) American Cultural Diversity and (GP) Global Perspectives. These requirements can also be double-counted anywhere in your program.

Finally, all education students must take one Non-Western culture course. This, too, can be double-counted in your program.