English Major (Bachelor of Arts)

A student majoring in English must complete 62 hours of ENGL, FILM, and WRIT courses--as well as the English cognates.

English majors will maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 in their major courses. Senior students are required to take the Major Field Test (MFT): Literature in English. Students planning to attend graduate school are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general and subject (English) sections.

Core Requirements:

ENGL 210Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 211Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 212Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 234Literary Analysis

4

ENGL 384English Grammar

4

ENGL 470Literary and Critical Theory

4

ENGL 495English Colloquium

0

FILM 318Film Studies

4

ENGL 384: also fulfilled with 12 hours of Latin or 9 hours of Greek

ENGL 495: 12 quarters - 1 each quarter while in residence

British literature before 1830 selected from the following courses: (4)*

ENGL 344Medieval Literature

4

ENGL 345Renaissance Literature

4

ENGL 346Restoration and Enlightenment

4

ENGL 347Romantic British Literature

4

British or American literature after 1830 selected from the following courses: (4)*

ENGL 355Victorian Literature

4

ENGL 356Twentieth-Century British Literature

4

ENGL 364Nineteenth-Century American Literature

4

ENGL 366Twentieth-Century American Literature

4

Total Credit Hours:36

*Students accepted into the writing concentration are required to take two courses in one of these categories but only one course in the other category. Students accepted into the literature concentration are required to take two courses in each category.

Cognates

HIST 275History of England

4

and

HIST 276History of England

4

or

HONR 131Western Thought

4

HONR 132Western Thought

4

HONR 133Western Thought

4

English Major with Emphasis in Literature

The emphasis in literature focuses on the careful study of literary texts. The lower-division core requirements for the English major serve as a foundation for the study of literature. Students are eligible to pursue the emphasis in literature after they complete each of these courses with a grade of C or higher. During the fall quarter of the junior year, English majors wishing to emphasize literature will submit a portfolio to the chair that includes two academic essays and a statement of intent (guidelines for the portfolio are to be obtained from the chair). The department will respond to these portfolios during winter quarter of the students’ junior year. Together, English majors and the department will consider the students’ progress in the major, their professional goals, and the ways the English major and emphasis in literature can help them achieve their goals.

This emphasis culminates in the Seminar in Literature, which requires the production of a major scholarly essay and an oral presentation during the last quarter.

Take one of the following British Lit before 1830 courses

ENGL 344Medieval Literature

4

ENGL 345Renaissance Literature

4

ENGL 346Restoration and Enlightenment

4

ENGL 347Romantic British Literature

4

Take one of the following British or American Lit after 1830 courses

ENGL 355Victorian Literature

4

ENGL 356Twentieth-Century British Literature

4

ENGL 364Nineteenth-Century American Literature

4

ENGL 366Twentieth-Century American Literature

4

Required Courses

ENGL 496Seminar in Literature

2

ENGL 497Seminar in Literature

2

ENGL 498Seminar in Literature

2

WRIT 324-337Writing

3-4

Electives (from ENGL and WRIT)

8-9

Total Credit Hours:26
Electives must be chosen from ENGL and WRIT.

English Major with Emphasis in Creative Writing

The emphasis in creative writing focuses on writing in various genres and on the close study of literary texts as models for the students' creative work. During the winter quarter of the junior year, English majors wishing to emphasize creative writing will submit a portfolio to the chair that includes examples of their creative and academic work and a statement of intent (guidelines for the portfolio are to be obtained from the chair). Eligibility for the emphasis in creative writing will be determined by the English faculty. The department will respond to these portfolios during the winter quarter of the students' junior year. Together, English majors and the department will consider the students' progress in the major, their professional goals, and the ways the English major and emphasis in creative writing can help them achieve their goals.

This emphasis culminates in the Seminar in Creative Writing which guides students in the preparation of their creative work during the last quarter.

Required Courses:

ENGL 485Linguistics

3

WRIT 424-436Directed Writing

2

WRIT 496Seminar in Creative Writing

2

WRIT 497Seminar in Creative Writing

2

WRIT 498Seminar in Creative Writing

2

Take two of the following writing theory courses: (6)

WRIT 333Poetics

3

WRIT 337Stylistics

3

WRIT 389Writing Theory

3

Take two of the following creative writing courses: (8)

WRIT 324Creative Nonfiction Writing

4

WRIT 334Poetry Writing

4

WRIT 335Narrative Writing

4

Total Credit Hours:26

 

Certification Requirements

Teacher Certification:

English majors wishing to obtain teacher certification must take the following courses in addition to the requirements for the major. They must also fulfill certification requirements as listed by the School of Education and Psychology.

DRMA 211Oral Interpretation (or SPCH 211)

4

or

DRMA 242Acting

4

ENGL 357The African-American Experience

4

or

ENGL 358Classical Literature

4

or

ENGL 359World Literature

4

ENGL 374Literature for Children and Young Adults

4

ENGL 395Methods of Teaching Secondary English

3

ENGL 485Linguistics

3

FILM 416Teaching with Film Literature

4

WRIT 389Writing Theory

3

FILM 416: For English majors pursuing secondary certification, FILM 416 will meet the film requirement for the English major.