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2008-2009 College Catalog 
2008-2009 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Major, B.A.

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Literature Concentration:

The English major, literature concentration, encompasses a range of American, British, and world literature. The program provides a strong foundation of courses in literature and language, sequenced to cultivate a sense of literary development, and fosters an increasing familiarity with major works and writers, critical theory, literary terminology, and research materials. Because of their command of the written language, their ability to deal with ideas and concepts as well as facts, and their broader understanding of human nature and social realities, literature majors are valued in many fields, including academe, the law, and the world of business.

Seven Electives:

(at least 6 courses must be upper division)

Development course (English literature course with “Development” in title) 3
Period course (any 311X) 3
Major Author course (ENG 413X or ENG 4310 or ENG 4320) 3
Writing course (2000-level or above) 3
Literature course 3
Linguistics course 3
Elective at the 2000-level or above 3

Subtotal: 21

Total Semester Hours Required: 45

Elementary School Teaching Concentration:

The elementary school teaching concentration in English, offered in conjunction with the Colorado State Department of Education licensure program, prepares future teachers of elementary education to understand and teach the diverse subject matter required for licensure. The program will provide students with a strong foundation in literature and literary genres; a solid perspective on the English language, including its history, structure, and constituents; and both theory and practice in composition, language arts, communication, and teaching methodology. It also addresses the need to prepare teachers to teach multicultural literature, accommodate cultural and ethnic diversity in language and writing, and communicate effectively with a diverse population of students.

Required Courses:

Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 6

Subtotal: 6

Subtotal: 6

English Electives:

Two upper-division English courses selected in consultation with and approved by a designated English advisor: 6

Total: 39


*RDG 3110 meets part of the reading requirements for Colorado State licensure and is counted under the student’s professional education requirements.

Secondary School Teaching Concentration:

The secondary education concentration in English, offered in conjunction with the Colorado State Department of Education licensure program, prepares future secondary teachers of English to understand and teach the diverse subject matter required for licensure. This program equips students with a wide variety of language principles and skills; practical experience in developing and teaching the processes of writing; sound knowledge of approaches to literature and literary genres; periods and authors (including a special focus on young adult literature); and an understanding of communication and media as used in English studies. In addition to meeting specified state and departmental requirements, this program offers students the opportunity to develop further specialization in writing, language, or literature to complement the major.

Writing Concentration:

The writing concentration major provides extensive study, practice, and opportunity for performance in various modes and genres of writing as well as a foundation in the appreciation of the literary heritage in English. The program immerses students in reading, writing, and language and helps prepare them for graduate school or vocation while clearly placing them in the tradition of the liberal arts.

Literature Course:

Lower-Division Literature Courses:

2000-Level, including ENG 2100: 9

Upper-Division Literature Courses:

3000-Level or 4000-Level: 9

Subtotal: 18

Language and Linguistics Course:

Select one, in consultation with a faculty advisor, from department’s offerings.

Semester Hours of Language and Linguistics Required: 3

Writing Course:

Subtotal: 3

Subtotal: 12

Specialized Writing Courses:

Subtotal: 6

Senior Experience Course:


Total Semester Hours of Writing Required: 24

Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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