PROGRAMS OF STUDY

 

Degree Requirements

All students majoring in English are required to take the core and supporting courses plus credits from among literature, creative writing, and rhetorical studies seminar courses. To graduate with a degree in English, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the major’s required courses.

Secondary Education Licensure (Grades 6-12)

Students interested in becoming licensed 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 licensure. For further information, see the Education department section of the Academic Catalog.


English Major, B.A. (42 credits)

Note: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in the major’s required courses.

Required Courses (21 credits)

ENGL 240 Introduction to Critical Theory  3
ENGL 280-283 Survey in Literature I-IV  12
ENGL 342 Seminar in Critical Theory  3
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar  3

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.


Seminar-level Coursework
(15 credits)

ENGL 381 Seminar in Literature  6-15
ENGL 371 Seminar in Rhetorical Studies  0-9
ENGL 364 Seminar in Creative Writing  0-9
     

Students may choose to pair literature-focused seminars with either (or both) creative writing and rhetorical studies-focused seminars. Total credits must equal 15 (6 of which must be literature)


Supporting Course Requirements 
(6 credits)
Any 300-400 level courses that are neither ‘ENGL’ nor cross-listed with ‘ENGL’


English Minor
 (21 credits)

As with the major, the analytical and communication skills that minors in English acquire provide career flexibility, which is crucial in an age that rewards adaptability to rapid changes in the workplace.

Required Courses (21 credits)

Note: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in the minor’s required courses.

ENGL 240 Introduction to Critical Theory  3
ENGL 280-283 Survey in Literature I-IV, choice of 2 out of 4  6
ENGL 364/371/381 Seminar in Creative Writing/Rhetorical Studies/Literature  12
     

 

Additional Information

Department Information

English
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4098

William Gahan, Ph.D.
WGahan@rockford.edu