Concentrations: American Literature, British Literature, Creative Writing, World Literature

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: ENG 221

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 249, 273 or 274
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE:

    See advising note #1


JMU Course: ENG 222

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 230, 236, 237, 250, 256, 260, 267, 268, 276 or 278
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: ENG 235

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 243 or 245
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 203
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: ENG 236

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 244 or 245
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 204
  • NOTE:

JMU Course: ENG 239

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 251, 252, 255 or 257
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 202
  • NOTE:

JMU Course: ENG 247

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 241 or 246
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 205
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: ENG 248

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 242 or 246
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 206
  • NOTE:

JMU Course: ENG 260

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 253
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 214
  • NOTE:

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

JMU Course: PSYC 160

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

JMU Course: EDUC 300

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Majors must take 3 of the ENG courses listed above, with the following caveats: one course must be either ENG 235 or 247, and either ENG 221 or 222 will count for the major, but not both.
2. English majors earn a B.A. degree. The B.A. requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
3. A philosophy course is also required for the B.A.; see course equivalents above for options. B.A. requirements may be taken at the community college or at JMU.
4. Students seeking teacher licensure in English must also complete the pre-professional secondary education program. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of English
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Career Guide to JMU Majors: English
Advising guides by community college

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