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The English Major Program consists of 33 credits in a core curriculum and 9 elective credits in Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Mass Communication, Philosophy, and World Literature for a total of 42 credits. 

The major in English includes a core curriculum in literature. Students in this program earn the Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in English Secondary Education.

The English major prepares students for graduate programs in the humanities; for professional schools in areas such as law; and for careers in such professions as public relations, technical writing, and creative writing. It also prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the expanding media industry. The range of the program is from journalism and desktop publishing to interactive multi-media. All students are grounded in a firm English/Liberal Arts curriculum for the sake of developing strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills. The English major prepares students for careers as journalists and professional writers. English majors are required to maintain a portfolio of writing samples as directed by the English Major Assessment Coordinator, and are required to participate in academic advisement during each pre-registration period to prepare for enrollment in the ensuing summer session and/or semester.

The English major may select an English Secondary Education Concentration. Students wishing to teach English in secondary schools earn the Bachelor of Science degree and fulfill the requirements of the English major, in addition to satisfying the requirements in the Secondary Education Program as determined by the Department of Adult and General Education.

ENGLISH SECONDARY EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

Students in the Secondary Education Program seeking certification in English must satisfy all requirements for the English major as given here below. (For further information see "School of Education" and "Department of Adult and General Education" in this catalogue.) Students in the Secondary Education Program earn the Bachelor of Science Degree.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Except for students in the Secondary Education Program, English majors earn the Bachelor of Arts degree and satisfy the Departmental Assessment requirement by passing a comprehensive exam and submitting a passing writing portfolio. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a grade of C or higher in an upper-level philosophy course in addition to the GER philosophy option. Students must also complete, with grades of C or higher, at least six college credits in one foreign language at the intermediate level.

SPECIAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

English majors satisfy the General Education Requirement in literature by passing Critical Writing (ENGL 208).

CORE COURSES

This section lists the courses required of all English Majors regardless of concentration (33 credits)

ENGL 201 Survey of British Literature I
ENGL 202 Survey of British Literature II
ENGL 205 Survey of American Literature I
ENGL 206 Survey of American Literature II
ENGL 210 Literary Genres
ENGL 335 or 336                  Literature of the Black American I or II
ENGL 353 Shakespeare
ENGL 302 Sociolinguistics
ENGL 496 Senior Colloquium
ENGL 3-- Any additional English literature course at the 300 or 400 level (must be literature; linguistics and writing courses do not satisfy this requirement).
Writing Requirement: CRWR 303 or 304, or ENGL 305, or JRNL 210

ELECTIVES

Any nine credits from among the following subjects: Creative Writing (CRWR), English (ENGL), Journalism (JRNL), Mass Communication (MCOM), Philosophy (PHIL), and World Literature (WLIT).

STANDARDS FOR RETENTION IN THE ENGLISH MAJOR

  • Students must complete all the major and minor courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Students receiving two or more grades below "C" in major courses, including courses taken in other disciplines to satisfy English major requirements, in any one semester will not be retained as majors.
  • Majors must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in major courses, including courses taken in other disciplines to satisfy English major requirements, to be retained as majors.


English Major

Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 110  College Algebra  3
 *×PHIL 102  Intro Philosophy  3
 *»HIST 203  U.S. History I  3
 *SOCI 201  Intro to Sociolog  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 204  U.S. History II  3
*BIOL 101  Biological Science  3
 *SPCH 105  Speech Comm.  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

 

Level II (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 3
 *ECON 103
 Into to Bus & Ent Econ  3
 *PHSC 103
 Tech and Human Affairs
 3
 *ENGL 201
 Survey Brit or Am Lit I
 3
 ■ENGL 208
 Critical Writing  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■ENGL 202
 Survey Brit or Am Lit II
 3
 *IDIS 102
 Music & Dance  3
 ▲ENGL  Program Elective
 3
 ▲ENGL
 Program Elective
 3
 ■ENGL 210  Lit Genres  3
 Semester Total 15

 

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■SPAN 101
 Intro to Spanish
 3
 ■ENGL 201  Survey Brit or Am Lit I  3
 ■ENGL 305  Advanced Expo. Writing
 3
 ■ ENGL 353
 Shakespeare  3
 ■ENGL 335  Black Am Lit I  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SPAN 102  Intro to Spanish II
 3
 ■ENGL 202  Survey Brit or Am Lit II
 3
 ■ENGL 302  Sociolinguistics  3
 ■ENGL 336  Black Am Lit II  3
 ▲ ENGL  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

 

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■SPAN 201  Intermediate 1
 3
 ■ENGL 495  Senior Seminar
 3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 ♦  General Elective or Minor  3
 ♦  General Elective or Minor
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SPAN 202  Intermediate 2  3
 ■ENGL 496  Sr. Colloq  3
 ■PHIL 3##
 Upper Level Philosophy  3
 ♦  General Elective   3
 ♦  General Elective 
 3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
121

 


Major: English-Concentration: Literature Emphasis

Level I (First Year)

Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *HIST 205  African American History I  3
 *PHIL 103  Into to Philosophy  3
 *SOCI 201  Intro Sociology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *HIST 206  African American History II  3
 *BIOL 101  Biological Science  4
 *SPCH 105  Speech Comm.  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 16

 

Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *ENGL 208
 Critical Writing
 3
 *PSYC 201
 General Psychology  3
 *PHSC 103
 Technology & Human Affairs
 3
 ■ENGL 201
 Survey Brit or Am Lit I
 3
 ■JRNL 210
 Intro to News Writing  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■ENGL 202
 Survey Brit or Am Lit II
 3
 ■ENGL 302  Sociolinguistics   3
 ■ENGL 210  Literary Genres  3
 *IDIS 102
 Music & Dance
 3
■WLIT 324  Sacred Lit of the World  3
 Semester Total 15

 

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■ENGL 305
 Advanced Expository Writing
 3
 ■ENGL 205  Am Lit Survey  3
 ■SPAN  Beginning language 1st sem
 3
 ■ENGL 353
 Shakespeare  3
 ■ENGL 335  Black Am Lit I  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SPAN   Begging Language 2nd Sem
 3
 ■ENGL 206  Am Lit Survey II
 3
 ■PHIL 303  Contemp. Philoph. Thought  3
 ■ENGL 336  Black Am Lit II  3
 ■JRNL 312  Tech in Wr & Multimedio  3
 Semester Total 15

 

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■ENGL 495  Senior Seminar  3
 ■SPAN  Interm. Lang. 1st sem
 3
 ■ENGL 3##  Studies in Literature
 3
 ■ENGL 3##  Studies in Film  3
 ■WLIT 3##  Studies in World Lit
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■ENGL 496  Senior Colloquium  3
 ■SPAN  Interm. Lang. 2nd sem  3
 ■ENGL 3##
 Genre Studies  3
 ♦  General Elective   3
 ♦  General Elective 
 3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
122

 

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

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