English Department Program of Study
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Degree Requirements
All students majoring in English are required to take the core and supporting courses. In addition, students must choose an area of concentration in literature or creative writing. To graduate with a degree in English, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the major’s required courses.

Core course requirements - 21 hours

ENGL 240
Introduction to Critical Theory
3 hours
ENGL 280-83
Survey in Literature I-IV
12 hours
ENGL 342
Seminar in Critical Theory
3 hours
ENGL 495
Senior Seminar
3 hours

Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Students will prepare a prospectus for the Senior Seminar project in English 342 prior to taking the seminar. Once English department faculty members have approved the prospectus, the student will be allowed to enroll in Senior Seminar and will complete the project during that semester.

Supporting course requirements – 6 hours
Any 300-400 level courses that are neither ‘ENGL’ nor cross-listed with ‘ENGL’

Creative Writing Concentration requirements – 15 hours

ENGL 154
Introduction to Creative Writing3 hours
ENGL 364
Seminar in Creative Writing
9-12 hours
ENGL 381
Seminar in Literature
3 hours

To fulfill the requirements of the Creative Writing concentration, students are required to take ENGL 364 in three genres: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, students may repeat one genre or take one ENGL 381.

Literature Concentration requirements – 15 hours

ENGL 150
Introduction to Literature3 hours
ENGL 381
Seminar in Literature
9-12 hours
ENGL 364
Seminar in Creative Writing
0-3 hours

To fulfill the requirements of the Literature concentration, students are required to take ENGL 381 on three different topics. In addition, students may take a fourth ENGL 381 or take one ENGL 364.

Teacher Certification 6-12
Students interested in becoming certified to teach English at the secondary level must complete all English major degree requirements, Education 363, a minor in secondary education and additional general education requirements for state certification.

Minor in Creative Writing requirements – 24 hours

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in the minor.

ENGL 154
Introduction to Creative Writing
3 hours
ENGL 240
Introduction to Critical Theory
3 hours
ENGL 280-283
Survey of Literature I-IV, choice of two
6 hours
ENGL 364
Seminar in Creative Writing
9 hours
ENGL 3xx
Any 300-level ‘ENGL’ course
3 hours


Minor in Literature requirements – 24 hours
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in the minor.

ENGL 150
Introduction to Literature
3 hours
ENGL 240
Introduction to Critical Theory
3 hours
ENGL 280-283
Survey of Literature I-IV, choice of two
6 hours
ENGL 381
Seminar in Literature
9 hours
ENGL 3xx
Any 300-level ‘ENGL’ course
3 hours

 

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