Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

English Major (B.A.) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BA1963*

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Mary Kate Hurley, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College major in English offers students a more independent approach to study than is usually available in the traditional classroom setting. The tutorial, a weekly one-on-one meeting with a faculty member, is the core of the program. While the tutorial hour focuses on students’ interpretations of assigned texts, the tutorial program as a whole centers on the mutual engagement of student and tutor in the study of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, including the historical and cultural contexts of these works. Students take an introductory tutorial, three tutorials in British and American literature, two specialized tutorials in an area of interest, and two semesters of tutorials focused on writing an honors thesis.

*This program was previously BA1916 which awarded the Bachelor of Arts in English degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BA1963 and will award the Bachelor of Arts effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the director of studies of the English tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college/apply. Supplemental requirements for application include two academic letters of reference and a writing sample that analyzes a literary text. 

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the English tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the English tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Most graduates of the honors tutorial program in English pursue advanced degrees in law, business, library and information science, and English studies at the master’s and doctoral level. Graduates also develop careers in publishing, newswriting, and administration, participate in teaching and service programs, including the Peace Corps and Teach for America; and perform research and writing for corporate and nonprofit organizations.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.


Complete eight tutorials totaling 50 or more hours, including two devoted to the thesis which are done under the direction of a thesis advisor. Credit hours of each tutorial may vary.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-year sequence through 2120 in a single language or equivalent. Equivalent credit can be Advanced Placement or college transfer credit. Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, French, or German must take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. (The placement exam does not count as college credit.) If you test into the 3000 level or above, the foreign language requirement is considered fulfilled.

Literary Theory

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete remaining hours by taking elective courses in any department at whatever level you find most useful.

Creative Writing Option

HTC English majors may elect to complete the Creative Writing Option. To do so, they must: