Major in English

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The English major rests upon literature as its foundation – national and international texts, in English and in translation, by recognized and less known authors – and enables students to gain insight into the complexity of the human condition through reflective study and appreciation of this literature. In addition, writing is at the core of the English program, for writing, in its many forms, is the suitable expression of the English student’s learning, integration of knowledge, and creativity. The following English courses enrich the student of the liberal arts by offering an awareness of literature in its historical, social, and intellectual contexts as well as the study and practice of writing in its diverse forms. The English major offers both a literature and a writing track.

Requirements for a Major in English

39 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3

Plus the requirements of either the Literature or Writing track:

Literature Track

All of the following:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
ENG272 Non-Western Literature 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
One of the following:
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
Two of the following writing courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Nonfiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
Two of the following literature courses:
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
TOTAL: 39
Recommended Electives
THA282W Dramatic Literature I 3
THA283W Dramatic Literature II 3

Writing Track

Three of the following writing courses:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
THA290W Playwriting 3
Four of the following writing courses:
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
ENG495 Internship in Publications 3
Three of the following literature courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
ENG272 Non-Western Literature 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
THA282W Dramatic Literature I 3
THA283W Dramatic Literature II 3
Plus the following:
ENG411W Seminar in Writing 3
TOTAL: 39

Requirements for a Minor in English

24 hours of coursework in either the literature or writing track, consisting of the following:

Literature track:

All of the following:
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
One of the following:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
One of the following
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
At least three of the following:
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
Two of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
ENG2xx 200-level literature course 3
ENG3xx 300-level literature course 3
TOTAL: 24

Writing track:

ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3

Plus 21 hours, of which at least 9 should be at the 300-level or above, chosen from the following:

ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
ENG495 Internship in Publications 3
THA290W Playwriting 3
TOTAL: 24

Requirements for a Major in English with teacher licensure

46 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

  1. The English major: Literature track outlined above
  2. Three additional courses: COM110 (Introduction to Public Speaking), THA130 (Acting I – Introduction to Acting), and THA360 (Theatre Pedagogy).
  3. All of the requirements for a major in Secondary Education.  See the Secondary Education program description.

For a list of these courses, please refer to the Education section of the catalog concerning requirements for certification in Secondary Education. To qualify for Student Teaching, a student must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the English major outlined above.

Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education with an English Language Arts specialization

24 hours of coursework. Please refer to the Education section of this catalog for a listing of required courses.