Dec 01, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

English Major, B.A.


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For students majoring in English, the program provides a foundation in literature, language, writing, visual literacy, and teaching. Thus students' command of written language, their ability to analyze concepts, and their broad understanding of human nature and social realities will enable them to be competitive in a variety of fields, including education, business, and civil service or, with appropriate graduate work, in professions such as law and higher education.

The English Major may choose to declare no concentration, or the English Major may choose to declare a concentration in one of the following:

  • literature, film and media studies
  • writing
  • secondary school teaching, leading to licensure

Students who are considering a major in the English Department are expected to consult with faculty for advising. Students in elementary or secondary licensure programs should consult with advisors in the School of Education as well.

To receive major or minor credit for any ENG or LING prefix course, the student must receive a grade of "C-" or better. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

English Major (No Concentration)


Required Courses

Entry Course


Linguistics Course


Select one of the following:

Diversity Courses


Select one from each of the following three categories:

English Literature Elective


Select three semester hours of 2000-level or above English Literature electives in consultation with an advisor.

English Electives


Select 6 semester hours of English electives at the 2000-level or above in consultation with an advisor.

Select 15 semester hours of English electives at the 3000-level or above in consultation with an advisor.

Subtotal: 21 credits

Capstone Course


Literature, Film and Media Studies Concentration


The literature, film and media studies concentration encompasses a range of American, British, and World literatures and film media; students examine how written texts and visual narrative media record the complex interactions between particular people and cultures in history. The curriculum explores major periods, movements, issues, forms, and innovations, as well as a large number of important authors and filmmakers of diverse backgrounds. Through the analysis of textual production in various forms and from various critical perspectives, students develop the critical skills to negotiate texts in contexts, in order better to engage with writing, with analytical tasks, and with life in the world. Because of their command of the written language and visual literacy, and their ability to deal with ideas and concepts as well as facts, English majors concentrating in literature, film and media studies are valued in many fields, including academe, law, and business.

Required Courses


Entry courses:

Additional Requirements


In satisfying the requirements below, or as electives, students must take at least 2 Literature courses and 2 Film and Media Studies courses. Students must also take a minimum of 9 courses at 3000-level or above.

Genres


Select one of the following:

Diversity Courses (Literature and Film)


Select two of the following:

Linguistics Course


Select one of the following:

English Elective


Select 3 semester hours of 2000-level or above English (ENG-prefix) electives in consultation with an advisor.

Subtotal: 3 credits

English Literature Electives


Select 6 semester hours (2 courses) of English Literature, Film and Media Studies electives in consultation with an advisor.

Capstone Course


Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration:


Please visit the English Major, B.A. with Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration  program page for the details of this concentration

Total: 45


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 Courses:


Lower-Division Literature Courses:


2000-Level, including ENG 2000: 9

Upper-Division Literature Courses:


3000-Level or 4000-Level, including either ENG 3100 or ENG 3440: 9

Subtotal: 18


Language and Linguistics Course:


Select one of the following, in consultation with a faculty advisor:

Semester Hours of Language and Linguistics Required: 3

Writing Course:


Subtotal: 3

Subtotal: 12


Specialized Writing Courses:


Subtotal: 6


Senior Experience Course:


Totals:


Total Semester Hours of Writing Required: 24

Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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