Programs of Study

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.

Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:

  • English (B.A.) -- concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature

Goals -- An English major will:

  • Appreciate the ways in which literary study involves the individual in an exploration of ethical questions.
  • Develop ideas about literature through careful textual analysis, recognizing that literature has multiple interpretations.
  • Write essays that demonstrate the ability to think independently. 
  • Be conversant with the evolution of literatures in English, fusing British and American literary texts with those of other cultures.
  • Understand the cultural specificity of literature, and recognize the reciprocal relationship between literature and culture. 
  • Demonstrate skills in using contemporary critical theories to enhance analysis of literary texts.
  • Actively engage in workshopping original creative work. (creative writing concentration only)
  • Analyze and apply the craft of writing in multiple genres. (creative writing concentration only)

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 Writing     3 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 Literature 3 hours
ENGL 381 Seminar in Literature 9-12 hours
ENGL 364 Seminar in Creative Writing     0-3 hours

 

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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