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English

Do you like to read? Write? Discuss ideas? Talk and/or write about what you read? Would you like to write more clearly and effectively? Become a more sophisticated reader? Refine your skills in researching, analysis and interpretation, and argumentation? An English major practices and strengthens critical thinking and writing as the foundation of lifelong learning. MTSU's program is literature-based and writing-intensive.  As the largest on campus, the department offers a great variety of courses.

From Boys of Summer to Paradise Lost

From Boys of Summer to Paradise Lost

Are you interested in baseball? Or perhaps Milton? MTSU's English Department hosts an annual national Conference on Baseball and Literature and a biennial international Conference on John Milton. Faculty members have organized a Buffy the Vampire Slayer conference, coordinated the Tennessee Williams Scholars' Conference, and hosted the biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. The Victorians Institute will hold its 2014 conference on the MTSU campus. The department also edits such scholarly journals as Border States, Carmina Philosophiae, Poems & Plays, Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, and Tennessee Williams Annual Review.

"Stelllll-uhhhh!": Expert on playwright Williams

"Stelllll-uhhhh!": Expert on playwright Williams

English professor Dr. Robert Bray discussed the legacy of Tennessee Williams at a New Orleans event celebrating the playwright's 100th birthday. Bray is founding director of the annual Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, which has mixed serious scholarship with fun like a Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest from Streetcar Named Desire. Bray has written two books and numerous articles about Williams, plus made a DVD with Criterion Films on Williams' film adaptations. He edits the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and participates each March in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

Degrees in English increase opportunities for success in a constantly changing job market. An emphasis on clear and logical communication prepares students for a wide range of occupations, rather than emphasizing one or two vocational tracks. Students in the program have gone on to such positions as

  • Advertising/public relations executive
  • Content manager
  • Creative writer
  • Director/support staff for non-profit organizations
  • Editor
  • Lawyer (after law school)
  • Librarian
  • Manager
  • Professional/technical writer
  • Public servant
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Reviewer
  • School administrator
  • Software developer
  • Teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aquinas College
  • Belmont University
  • Bryant College
  • C. S. Lewis Foundation
  • Calhoun Community College (Ala.)
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • College of the Cumberlands (Ky.)
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Covenant College
  • David Lipscomb University
  • Education Networks of America
  • Fisk University
  • Franklin Road Academy
  • Kentucky Christian University
  • Michigan State University
  • Motlow State Community College
  • MTSU
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Tennessee State Board of Education / Dept. of Education
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Williamson County Schools

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

MTSU has five undergraduate major programs in English, all leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and offering students training to think and write, preparing them for a variety of fields that are looking for well-rounded individuals with good communication skills and the ability to learn and grow in their professions. These include the traditional English major and concentrations in Writing, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, and Secondary Education Teaching Licensure. More details on each follow:

The English Major without a concentration is designed for students interested in a broad experience of English studies. All majors take four core courses (12 hours). English 3000 is typically taken in the second semester of the sophomore year, after the student has completed the lower division English requirements. It is an “Introduction to Literary Studies” which introduces students to literary theory, research, and the language of the field while focusing on works from different genres. It is a pre-requisite to the other three core courses but not for any other classes in the program. The other three core courses, English 3010, 3020, and 3030 build on English 3000 as they survey the literature and cultural backgrounds of British and American literature. Beyond the four core courses, the program is divided into seven specific areas. British Literature before 1700; British Literature after 1700; American Literature; International Literature and Backgrounds; Writing, Grammar and Language; Cultural Studies; and Popular Literature. Students pursuing this traditional major complete one course from each area. This program consists of 33 hours—12 hours of core courses and 21 hours of guided electives.

The English Major with a Teaching Licensure Concentration is for students who wish to teach English in grades 7-12. English department courses in this concentration are chosen to provide students with a strong background in the subject they will be teaching. It is the least flexible of our programs, with students being required to take specific courses in six of the seven areas as well as an additional course in Teaching English (English 4900). In addition, students must complete a minor in Secondary Education (including a year of “residency”). Students successfully pursuing this curriculum along with the requirements of the licensure program will be prepared to teach 7-12 English in the state of Tennessee. (Please note that this is not the program for students whose plan is to apply to graduate school in English in order to teach at the university level eventually. University faculty do not need a state teaching license. Graduate programs will provide teaching education preparation for college level instructors.) This program consists of 32 or 33 hours of English studies along with 30 hours of education classes.

The English Major with a Cultural Studies Concentration is for students who want to study English in an interdisciplinary context. The main goal of the Cultural Studies concentration is to provide students with the opportunity to examine culture through the study of texts within an interdisciplinary framework. Students may choose a general cultural studies curriculum or they may specialize within the concentration by choosing courses in an area such as women in literature, popular literature, folklore, world literature, children's literature, multicultural literature, etc. The course of study is designed to help students broaden their understanding of the relationship between culture and literature. It consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in the topic(s) of concentration.

The English Major with a Literary Studies Concentration gives students contemplating academic or professional careers a focused training in theory and critical thinking. The Literary Studies concentration is designed to provide students with the opportunity to take a greater number of advanced courses in literature and to focus on their interests within specific areas of English studies. Students may choose to emphasize a period, an author, or a genre or they may choose to increase their general knowledge of the field. Many students choose the Literary Studies concentration as a preparation for graduate or professional school. It consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in the topic(s) of concentration.

The English Major with a Writing Concentration is designed for students who want to focus on their writing. (Students may combine this with a minor in writing for even deeper, more interdisciplinary writing experiences.) The Writing concentration gives students interested in developing themselves as writers the opportunity to do so while pursuing a major in English. Students may choose a general writing curriculum or they may specialize within the concentration by choosing courses in one area such as creative or professional writing. This program consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in grammar and writing. 

The department offers a minor in English and coordinates four interdisciplinary minors: Film Studies, Great Books, Jewish and Holocaust Studies, and Writing.

The English Department participates in several interdisciplinary minors including African American Studies; American Culture; Classical Studies; Early Modern European Studies; Environment and Human Society; Global Studies; Jewish and Holocaust Studies; Latin American Studies; Linguistics Studies; Media, History, and Culture; Medieval Studies; Middle East Studies; Native American Studies; Russian Studies; Southern Studies; and Twentieth-Century European Studies.

Graduate programs include the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in English, one of the oldest in the state, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English.

English Cultural Studies Literary Studies WritingTeacher Licensure


English, B.A.

Department of English 
615-898-2595
Ron Kates, program coordinator
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu

A major in English without a specific concentration (the "traditional" or general major) consists of 36 upper-division semester hours no more than six of which may be lower-division hours.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 no later than the first semester of the junior year. The other core courses should be distributed throughout the student's remaining time at the University. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the required four core courses (ENGL 3000ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030), one course must be completed from each of the following areas: I, II, III, IV, VII, and VIII. Also, one course must be completed from Area V or Area VI.
    1. British Literature I: Courses numbered 3100 or 4100 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature before the Restoration)
    2. British Literature II: Courses numbered 3200 or 4200 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature after the Restoration)
    3. American Literature: Courses numbered 3300 or 4300 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on American literature)
    4. International Literature and Intellectual Backgrounds: Courses numbered 3400 or 4400 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on world literature, or out-of-the-department upper-division courses such as HUM 3950 and WGST 4209 may count for this area with permission of advisor.)
    5. Grammar and Language: Courses numbered 3500 or 4500 (Areas V and VI are one group.)
    6. Writing: Courses numbered 3600 or 4600
    7. Gender and Cultural Studies: Courses numbered 3700 or 4700 (or a 3900/4900 special topics courses focusing on gender or cultural studies, or out-of-department, upper-division courses such as FREN 3130 and upper-division WGST courses focusing on literature may be substituted for this area with permission of advisor)
    8. Film and Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)
  3. Courses from the Special Topics 3900/4900 number sequence will apply to the category(ies) appropriate to the topic. Each special topics course will be substituted into the appropriate category by the student's advisor.
  4. When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and UH 4600) may be substituted, with approval of advisor, in one of the above groups. No out-of-department lower-division courses will be accepted.
  5. Students who wish to pursue the concentrations in Cultural StudiesLiterary Studies, or Writing will have most of the same requirements as the majors without a concentration, but they will take six additional hours and will only be required to take courses from six out of the seven areas of English studies above.
  6. Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should carefully follow the major requirements outlined in English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A. .
  7. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) of these hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  8. A maximum of six (6) hours of lower-division literature coursework (not counting the General Education requirement) may be taken towards the major. These hours will be assigned to the appropriate area by the student's departmental advisor. No more than 3 hours (one course) may be taken to satisfy the core course requirement.
  9. ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, and ENGL 2030 may not be counted as part of the hours required for an English major. ENGL 2020 may be counted towards the major only if it is not also counted toward the General Education literature requirement..
  10. The same course may not be counted for both General Education and major requirements.

Majors are expected to consult a member of the English faculty each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives. Recommended minors for English majors include a foreign language minor, Film Studies, History, Linguistic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose a minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures) or from the interdisciplinary minors (see Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors).

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio.  ENGL 4999 (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

English Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

Remaining Major Courses (24 hours)

  • British Literature I 3 credit hours
  • British Literature II 3 credit hours
  • American Literature 3 credit hours
  • World Literature 3 credit hours
  • Grammar and Language/Writing 3 credit hours
  • Gender and Cultural Studies3 credit hours
  • Film and Popular Literature 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours (A 2000-level course over the General Education requirement, a 4900-series special topic, or any other ENGL course)

Foreign Language (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (13-16 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: English

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, and ENGL 2030. Typically, students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with  ENGL 3000 and one other English course.

The  Academic Maps provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • Foreign Language or elective  6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Minor course or elective 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 3000-level course* 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

 

Choose two core courses (6 hours):

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL courses* 9 credit hours
  • ENGL* or minor course 3 credit hours
  • Minor courses or electives 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

 

Choose remaining core course:

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL courses* 9 credit hours
  • ENGL * or minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor or elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • ENGL internship or general elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

 *Students must take one course from each of seven content areas. Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses.


English, Cultural Studies Concentration, B.A.

Department of English
615-898-2595
Ron Kates, program coordinator
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu 
 

A major in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies consists of a minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 as soon as possible after declaring an English major or completing freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English. The other core courses should be distributed throughout each student's remaining time at the university. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the four core courses (ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030) that all English majors must take, an English major with a Cultural Studies concentration must take one of the following courses:
    1. ENGL 3815 - Survey of Popular Culture 
    2. ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States 
    3. ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore 
  3. The Cultural Studies concentration also includes a 3-credit, upper division course from outside the department. Students may choose from this list or consult their advisors for an appropriate substitution: AAS 4600, ANTH 3410, EMC 3650 / JOUR 3650, HIST 4740, HIST 4750, MUHL 3670, PHIL 3500, PHIL 4800, PS 4230, PS 4920, PS 4930, PSY 4820, SOC 3060, SOC 4511, TXMD 2200, or WGST 4201-4213.
  4. Students will also select seven additional English courses (21 hours) reflecting the student's interests. At least 18 hours must be upper-division.
  5. Including the concentration requirements, courses must represent at least six of the eight areas of English studies:
    1. British Literature I: Courses numbered 3100 or 4100 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature before the Restoration)
    2. British Literature II: Courses numbered 3200 or 4200 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature after the Restoration)
    3. American Literature: Courses numbered 3300 or 4300 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on American literature)
    4. International Literature and Intellectual Backgrounds: Courses numbered 3400 or 4400 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on world literature, or such courses outside the department as HUM 3950 and WGST 4209)
    5. Grammar and Language: Courses numbered 3500 or 4500
    6.  Writing: Courses numbered 3600 or 4600
    7. Gender and Cultural Studies: Courses numbered 3700 or 4700 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on gender or cultural studies, or such courses outside the department  as  FREN 3130 and WGST courses focusing on literature)
    8. Film and Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)
  6.  Courses from the Special Topics3900/4900 number sequence get credit in different categories depending on the topic.
  7. When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, with approval, in one of the above groups.
  8. Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should carefully follow the major requirements outlined in English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A. Students interested in the "classic" major without concentration should consult the description of the English, B.A. Students interested in other concentrations should consult the English, Literary Studies Concentration, B.A. or the English, Writing Concentration, B.A. 
  9. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) of these hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  10. ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2030, or other English courses taken for General Education may not be counted as part of the hours required for the English major.
  11. A maximum of six (6) lower-division hours not also used for General Education may be applied to the major with advisor approval.

Majors are expected to consult a member of the English staff each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives. Recommended minors for English majors include a foreign language,  Film Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose any minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures) or Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors.

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio. ENGL 4999 (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Cultural Studies, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (39 hours)

English Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

Remaining Major Courses (27 hours)

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Traditional lore and culture (literature, ballads, beliefs, materials) with primary attention to the American scene.

  • ENGL 3815 - Survey of Popular Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An overview of literature and media reflecting the mass culture of America from 1900 to the present: westerns, mysteries, science fiction, popular music, film, and television.

  • Interdisciplinary study 3 credit hours
  • Guided electives 21 credit hours

Foreign Language (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (10-13 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: English, Cultural Studies

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, and ENGL 2030.  Typically students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000 and one other English course.

The Academic Maps provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level)  6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 hours credit

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Science (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Foreign Language or elective 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Minor course or elective 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 3000-level course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

Choose two core courses (6 hours):

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Traditional lore and culture (literature, ballads, beliefs, materials) with primary attention to the American scene.

  • ENGL 3815 - Survey of Popular Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An overview of literature and media reflecting the mass culture of America from 1900 to the present: westerns, mysteries, science fiction, popular music, film, and television.

 

  • ENGL* or minor course 3 credit hours
  • Minor course or electives 12 credit hours
  • ENGL* course 3 credit hours
  • Interdisciplinary Studies course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

 

Choose remaining core course:

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL* courses 9 credit hours
  • ENGL* or minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses or electives 6 credit hours
  • ENGL internship or PHED course 1 credit hour
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

  *Six English areas must be represented. Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses.


English, Literary Studies Concentration, B.A.

Department of English 
615-898-2595
Ron Kates, program coordinator
Ron.Kates @mtsu.edu

A major in English with a concentration in Literary Studies consists of a minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 as soon as possible after declaring an English major or completing freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English. The other core courses should be distributed throughout each student's remaining time at the university. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the four core courses (ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030) that all English majors must take, an English major with a Literary Studies concentration must take ENGL 4410 - Literary Criticism.
  3. The Literary Studies concentration also includes a major figure course. This course may be selected from one of the following courses: ENGL 4110, ENGL 4130, ENGL 4140, ENGL 4180, ENGL 4230, or an appropriate ENGL 4900 with approval from advisor.
  4. In addition to ENGL 4410 and the major figure course, the Literary Studies concentration requires five more courses (15 hours) at the 3000 or 4000 level and two courses (6 hours) of 4000-level English (21 hours total). Students should select courses that reflect their special interests.
  5. Including the concentration requirements, courses must represent at least six of the eight areas of English studies.
    1. British Literature I: Courses numbered 3100 or 4100 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature before the Restoration)
    2. British Literature II: Courses numbered 3200 or 4200 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature after the Restoration)
    3. American Literature: Courses numbered 3300 or 4300 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on American literature)
    4. International Literature and Intellectual Backgrounds: Courses numbered 3400 or 4400 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on world literature, or such courses outside the department as HUM 3950 and WGST 4209)
    5. Grammar and Language: Courses numbered 3500 or 4500
    6.  Writing: Courses numbered 3600 or 4600
    7. Gender and Cultural Studies: Courses numbered 3700 or 4700 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on gender or cultural studies, or such courses outside the department as FREN 3130 and WGST)
    8. Film and Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)
  6. Courses from the Special Topics 3900/4900 number sequence get credit in different categories depending on the topic.
  7.  When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, with approval, in one of the above groups.
  8. Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should carefully follow the major requirements outlined in English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A. Students interested in the "classic" major without concentration should consult the description of the English, B.A. Students interested in other concentrations should consult English, Cultural Studies Concentration, B.A. or English, Writing Concentration, B.A. 
  9. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) of these hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  10. ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2030, or other lower-division English courses taken for General Education may not be counted as part of the hours required for the English major.
  11. A maximum of six (6) lower-division English hours not used for General Education may be applied to the major with advisor approval.

Majors are expected to consult a member of the English staff each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives. Recommended minors for English majors include a minor in foreign languages, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Film Studies, Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose any minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures) or Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors.

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio. ENGL 4999 (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Literary Studies, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (39 hours)

English Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

Remaining Major Courses (27 hours)

  • ENGL 4410 - Literary Criticism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Critical theories: Classical, Neoclassical, Romantic, and Modern. Practical criticism: the technical analysis of poetry and prose.

  • Major figure 3 credit hours
  • Guided electives 3 credit hours

Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (10-13 hours)

Total hours in program: 120 Hours

 

Recommended Curriculum: English, Literary Studies

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, and ENGL 2030 .  Typically, students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000 and one other English course. Students in the Literary Studies Concentration should plan on taking ENGL 4410 during the first or second semester of their junior year.

The Academic Maps provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences  4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level)  6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign language or electives 6 credit hours
  • ENGL 3000-level course* 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Minor course or elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

Choose two core courses (6 hours):

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL 4410 - Literary Criticism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Critical theories: Classical, Neoclassical, Romantic, and Modern. Practical criticism: the technical analysis of poetry and prose.

  • ENGL major figure 3 credit hours
  • ENGL courses* 6 credit hours
  • Minor or elective courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

 

Choose remaining core course:

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL 4000-level courses 9 credit hours*
  • ENGL* or minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor or elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • ENGL internship or PHED course 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

 * Six English areas must be represented. Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses.


English, Writing Concentration, B.A.

Department of English 
615-898-2595
Ron Kates, program coordinator
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu

A major in English with a concentration in Writing consists of a minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 as soon as possible after declaring an English major or completing freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English. The other core courses should be distributed throughout each student's remaining time at the university. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the four core courses (ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030) that all English majors must take, Writing concentration students must take a grammar/language course (ENGL 3570, ENGL 4510, ENGL 4520, ENGL 4530, or ENGL 4570) and a genre course (ENGL 3350, ENGL 3450, ENGL 3825, ENGL 4425, ENGL 4470, ENGL 4910, ENGL 4920 or ENGL 4930, or ENGL 4940). Appropriate alternate courses may be approved by the English advisor.
  3. Students will also choose three upper-division writing courses (9 hours) that reflect their interests. A student may choose to emphasize one type of writing or take courses from the entire English 3600-4600 sequence (excluding ENGL 3605).
  4. The Writing concentration student must also take four additional English courses (12 hours) from areas that have not been covered already by the genre, grammar, or writing requirements. One course must be chosen from four of the six following areas: I, II, III, IV, VII, and VIII.
  5. Including the concentration requirements, courses must represent at least six of the seven areas of English studies.
    1. British Literature I: Courses numbered 3100 or 4100 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature before the Restoration)
    2. British Literature II: Courses numbered 3200 or 4200 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature after the Restoration)
    3. American Literature: Courses numbered 3300 or 4300 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on American literature)
    4. International Literature and Intellectual Backgrounds: Courses numbered 3400 or 4400 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on world literature, or such courses outside the department as HUM 3950 and WGST 4209)
    5. Grammar and Language: Courses numbered 3500 or 4500
    6. Writing: Courses numbered 3600 or 4600
    7. Gender and Cultural Studies : Courses numbered 3700 or 4700 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on gender or cultural studies, or such courses outside the department as FREN 3130 and WGST courses focusing on literature)
    8. Film and Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)
  6. Courses from the Special Topics 3900/4900 number sequence get credit in different categories depending on the topic.
  7.  When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, with approval, in one of the above groups.
  8. Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should carefully follow the major requirements outlined in English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A. Students interested in the "classic" major without concentration should consult the description of the English, B.A. Students interested in other concentrations should consult English, Cultural Studies Concentration, B.A. or English, Literary Studies Concentration, B.A. 
  9. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) of these hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  10. ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2030, or other lower-division English courses taken for General Education may not be counted as part of the hours required for the English major.
  11. With advisor permission, students may substitute a maximum of six (6) lower-division hours not used for General Education for any requirements except Writing.

Majors are expected to consult a member of the English faculty each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives. Recommended minors for English majors include a foreign language minor, History, Linguistic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Film Studies, Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose a minor either from those listed under the B.A. requirements or from the interdisciplinary minors. (See Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors for more information.)

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio. ENGL 4999 (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Writing, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (39 hours)

English Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

Remaining Major Courses (27 hours)

  • Grammar and Language 3 credit hours
  • Writing 9 credit hours
  • Genre Study 3 credit hours
  • Guided electives 12 credit hours

Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (10-13 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Recommended Curriculum: English, Writing

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, and ENGL 2030. Typically, students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000 and one other English course.

The Academic Maps provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • Foreign Language or electives 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Minor or elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 3000-level course 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

Choose two core courses (6 hours):

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Structure of modern English and overview of current syntactic theories.

  • ENGL 4530 - History of the English Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Political, social, intellectual forces determining historical development of English; internal structural changes--sounds, inflections--resulting from those forces.

  • ENGL 4570 - Special Topics in Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better;  ENGL 3570, ANTH 3410, PSY 4820, or CDIS 3250. Selected topic in theoretical linguistics. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

 

  • ENGL courses 9 hours
  • Minor courses or electives 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

 

Choose remaining core course:

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

 

  • ENGL courses 9 credit hours
  • ENGL or minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses or electives 6 credit hours
  • ENGL internship or PHED course 1 credit hour
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

NOTE:

Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses.


English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A.

Department of English 
615-898-2595
Ron Kates, program coordinator
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu

A major in English that also satisfies the academic requirements for teacher licensure consists of a minimum of 32 semester hours, at least 29 of which must be upper-division..

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 as soon as possible after completing freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English. The other core courses should be distributed throughout each student's remaining time at the University. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the four core courses (ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030 that all English majors must take, an English major with a Secondary Teacher Licensure Concentration must take ENGL 3745, ENGL 4500, and either ENGL 3510 or ENGL 4510.
  3. Students must also take one course form each of the following groups:
    1. Shakespeare (ENGL 3135, ENGL 4130, ENGL 4140)
    2. Multicultural Literature (ENGL 3735, ENGL 3300, ENGL 3340, ENGL 3360, or ENGL 3365)
    3. European Literature in Translation (ENGL 3400, ENGL 3420, or ENGL 3430)
  4. An additional two (2) hours of upper-division English electives are required and are usually satisfied with a 3-hour course. Approved electives include ENGL 3410, ENGL 3450, ENGL 4540, ENGL 4605, ENGL 3760, ENGL 4750, or an additional course from 3b or 3c above.
  5. With advisor approval, courses from the Special Topics, 3900/4900 number sequence, and literature courses offered outside the department or certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, when appropriate, for the multicultural, European, or guided electives above. Students must consult with their advisors before enrolling in any course that is not listed above, as not all substitutions are possible or appropriate.
  6. This concentration is for students who wish to become high school English teachers. Students whose primary ambition is to teach English at the college level should look into a program that will prepare them for admission to graduate school. Students who do not wish to teach 7-12 should explore the "classic" English, B.A. without concentration or the English, Cultural Studies Concentration, B.A.English, Literary Studies Concentration, B.A.; or the English, Writing Concentration, B.A. 
  7. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  8. ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, or other lower-division English courses taken to satisfy General Education requirements may not be counted as part of the hours required for an English major.
  9. A maximum of three (3) lower division hours not taken for General Education credit may be substituted by advisor.

Students wishing licensure to teach in the State of Tennessee must also complete the Secondary Education Minor. In addition, students must choose a second minor. Recommended minors for English majors include Anthropology, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Theatre, Film Studies, Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose any minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures) or Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors.

In order to complete the English licensure program in four years, students are encouraged to work closely with a faculty advisor. It is important to declare the major early and to consult the English advisor regularly to ensure enrollment in the right courses in the best sequence.

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio. ENGL 4999 (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (32-33 hours)

English Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

Remaining Major Requirements (20-21 hours)

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 4500 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; YOED 3000 or YOED 3500 or equivalent and permission of department. An intensive study of both grammar and composition for the teacher, the writer, and the editor: writing, analyzing, and judging composition. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • Shakespeare 3 credit hours
  • European literature 3 credit hours
  • Multicultural literature 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division guided elective 2-3 credit hours

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

Secondary Education Minor (30 hours)

Please see Secondary Education Minor for additional information.

Minor (15 hours)

Total hours in program: 124

 

Recommended Curriculum: English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020, and ENGL 2030. Typically, students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000 and one other English course.

Students wishing to earn teaching licensure within four years must begin their foreign language requirements during the first semester of the freshman year, especially if they have deficiencies (that is, if they need to take FL 1010 and 1020 before the required 2010 and 2020). Students should also apply for admission to the licensure program no later than the beginning of their sophomore year in order to be on track to take YOED 2500 during the second semester of their sophomore year.

The Academic Maps provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

First Semester

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level) 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Second Semester

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language (2000-level) 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

First Semester

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Second Semester

 

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 3000-level elective 3 credit hours *
  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior

 

First Semester

 

  • ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • ENGL (Shakespeare) 3 credit hours
  • ENGL course 3 credit hours *

Subtotal: 18 Hours

 

Second Semester

 

  • ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 18 Hours

 

Senior

 

First Semester

 

  • ENGL 4500 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; YOED 3000 or YOED 3500 or equivalent and permission of department. An intensive study of both grammar and composition for the teacher, the writer, and the editor: writing, analyzing, and judging composition. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL guided elective 2 credit hours *
  • ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio  0 credit hours  

    ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

  • YOED 4030 - Residency I: Grades 7-12

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.5; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

Subtotal: 14 hours

 

Second Semester

 

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

Subtotal: 12 Hours

 

NOTE:

*Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses and ENGL 4500.

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English

ENGL 1008 - Writing for English as Second Language (ESL) Students
3 credit hours

Open only to students whose native language is not English. Prerequisite to General Education English courses for ESL students who do not perform satisfactorily on diagnostic test given by the department. Introduces the ESL student to the process of English composition. Three lecture hours and two one-half hour lab sessions. Does not fulfill General Education English requirement. Grade of C- is required to earn credit.  

ENGL 1009 - Introduction to University Writing
3 credit hours

An introduction to the practices of university writing. Required for students whose writing assessment indicates placement. Emphasis on developing rhetorical knowledge; critical thinking, reading, and writing skills; understanding of the processes of writing; and knowledge of conventions. Does not fulfill General Education English requirements.

ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing
3 credit hours

The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610. A creative writing workshop that introduces multiple genres and encourages students to experiment with technique and form.

ENGL 2550 - Introduction to Peer Tutoring in Writing: Theory and Me
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: B or better in ENGL 1020 or permission of the instructor. Techniques of tutoring with a variety of writers and genres and the theoretical and practical components of writing center work with a focus on how collaboration, composition, and learning theories and methods can be applied to tutoring in college as well as high school and middle school settings.

ENGL 2580 - Teaching Internship
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Permission of the internship director and completion of twelve (12) hours of academic coursework, including ENGL 1010. A special elective course in which the student, under the supervision of an English Department faculty member and a partnering teacher in a community school, serves as an intern in a secondary school classroom. Students may not use this course to satisfy English major or minor requirements.  

ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research. Required for English majors.

ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination
3 credit hours

Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

ENGL 3010 - British Literature I: Beginnings to 1700
3 credit hours

Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from the beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

ENGL 3020 - British Literature II: 1700-1918
3 credit hours

Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000  with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of British literature from 1700 to 1918 with some reference to earlier and later works. Emphasis on literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present
3 credit hours

Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

ENGL 3110 - English Literature: The Medieval Period
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A reading of selected works from Old English literature, especially Beowulf, and Middle English literature, with emphasis on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and medieval drama.

ENGL 3120 - English Literature: The Sixteenth Century
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Readings in the major authors (More, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne) and genres (prose fiction, romance, epic, sonnet, lyric). Effects of cultural, political, and religious influences on the literature.

ENGL 3130 - English Literature: The Seventeenth Century
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Readings in the major authors (Bacon, Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Herrick, Marvell, Crashaw, Vaughan, Milton) and genres (essay, epic, lyric, sermon). Effects of cultural, political, and religious influences on the literature.

ENGL 3135 - Introduction to Shakespeare
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000- level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Focuses on Shakespeare's major plays which will be considered both as products of their author's time and as enduring cultural artifacts. Special attention will be given to Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and to his depiction of character, theme, and imagery.

ENGL 3160 - English Drama: 1475-1642 (excluding Shakespeare)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, AAS 2020, or HUM 2610. Plays written by Shakespeare's predecessors, contemporaries, and immediate successors.

ENGL 3210 - English Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth Century
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Emphasizing writings which reflected or influenced historical and literary developments 1660-1800.

ENGL 3220 - English Literature: 1790-1850
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A definition of English Romanticism and a study of works--mainly poems--by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

ENGL 3230 - English Literature: The Victorian Period
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. The literature of England, 1830-1900. Emphasis on poetry and the novel.

ENGL 3300 - Native American Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces oral and written literature of native America in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, with special emphasis on fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

ENGL 3305 - Early American Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of American literature from the first European encounters with the New World to the beginning of the nineteenth century.

ENGL 3310 - Nineteenth-Century American Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Survey of American literature from Washington Irving to Henry James. Concentration on Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Pragmatism. Selected novels.

ENGL 3320 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Survey of American literature from Theodore Dreiser to the present. Concentration on major authors. Selected novels.

ENGL 3330 - Southern Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Early and modern Southern writers. Emphasis on the period 1920-present.

ENGL 3340 - African American Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

ENGL 3350 - The American Short Story in Context
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traces development of the short story from Poe and Irving to the experimental writers of the 1970s. Intensive reading of American writers with some exposure to British and continental authors. Critical essays on short story form.

ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

ENGL 3365 - Hispanic Writers in American Literature
3 credit hours

(Same as HUM 3365.) Prerequisites: Completion of 1000-level English and 2000-level literature requirements with a grade of C- or better. Acquaints students with the literary works of Hispanic Americans writing in English. Emphasis on analysis of the intersection of cultures and traditions and the formation of Hispanic American identity.

ENGL 3370 - Modern American Poetry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of the lives, times, and works of the major American poets since 1860: Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Moore, Eliot, Crane, Hughes, Bishop, Lowell, Plath.

ENGL 3400 - European Literature to 1400
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Selections from Greek and Roman literature and Dante; emphasis on epic, drama, mythology; comparison of values commended by our literary ancestors.

ENGL 3410 - Classical Mythology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Survey of the major myths and legends of the classical world with an emphasis on Greek mythology.

ENGL 3420 - European Literature: 1400-1800
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Survey of continental literature (in translation) of the Renaissance, Neoclassical, and Enlightenment periods. Emphasis on Rabelais, Cervantes, Moliere, and Voltaire.

ENGL 3430 - Modern European Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Survey of continental literature (in translation) from 1800 to the present, including Goethe, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Ibsen, and Mann.

ENGL 3440 - The Bible as Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Origin and nature of the Bible; cultural and historical backgrounds, influence on English language and literature; history of texts and canon; major religious and philosophical concepts and literary features.

ENGL 3450 - Studies in Narrative
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level  English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines the chronological and/or thematic development of at least two different types of narrative, representing at least two different continents.

ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

ENGL 3580 - Teaching Internship
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; admission to teacher education and permission of internship director. Students, under supervision of English Department faculty members and partnering teachers in community schools, serve as interns in secondary school classrooms. May not be used to satisfy English major or minor requirements. May not be repeated for major credit. Pass/Fail grading.

ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

ENGL 3630 - Essay Writing Workshop
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create works of fiction.

ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create poetry.

ENGL 3665 - Play Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized writing course focusing on the appreciation and realization of the dramatic form.

ENGL 3690 - Individualized Writing Project
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A small-group writing tutorial which allows work on a major writing project from any major or field of interest. Does not count for the English major or minor without advisor approval. Pass/Fail depending on attendance, participation, and progress. May be repeated twice for a total of three (3) credits.

ENGL 3720 - Early Women Writers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to British/American/world literature by women through the eighteenth century.

ENGL 3725 - Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines works by British and American writers in the context of a female literary tradition. Writers studied may include Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson.

ENGL 3730 - Twentieth-Century Women Writers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Literature of major women writers of the period. Divided by genre and primarily includes the fiction, poetry, and drama of British and American women.

ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Traditional lore and culture (literature, ballads, beliefs, materials) with primary attention to the American scene.

ENGL 3810 - British Popular Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A cultural survey of Great Britain since 1945, including history, music, film, and literature.

ENGL 3815 - Survey of Popular Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An overview of literature and media reflecting the mass culture of America from 1900 to the present: westerns, mysteries, science fiction, popular music, film, and television.

ENGL 3825 - Contemporary Satire
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a C- or better. Uses prose fiction, poetry, film, and popular culture artistic expressions such as song lyrics and TV to explore the wide variety of modes in which satire is expressed in modern and contemporary culture.

ENGL 3840 - Science Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. The science fiction genre, emphasizing significant themes, recurrent images and conventions, and historical and cultural context.

ENGL 3850 - Literature and Film
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. The relationship between literature and film with emphasis on narration, characterization, point of view, and setting.

ENGL 3860 - Film Genre
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. One or more groups of films linked through narrative, stylistic, and/or thematic characteristics.

ENGL 3870 - Film History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. History of world film from its inception through the 1990s.

ENGL 3885 - Topics in Gender and Film
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected subject or focus within gender and film studies. Topic will vary each time course is taught. Possible topics include representation of women in film, history of gender representation in film, women directors; Hollywood and gender; queer film studies; gender and international cinema; gender, race, and Hollywood, etc. May be repeated up to four times with different topics.

ENGL 4110 - Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An intensive study of The Canterbury Tales and the background out of which they were written.

ENGL 4130 - Shakespeare: The Sixteenth-Century Plays
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Focuses on the first half of Shakespeare's career. Works considered both as products of their author's time and as enduring cultural artifacts. Special attention given to Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and to his depiction of character, theme, and imagery.

ENGL 4140 - Shakespeare: The Seventeenth-Century Plays
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Focuses on the second half of Shakespeare's career. The works will be considered both as products of their author's time and as enduring cultural artifacts. Special attention will be given to Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and to his depiction of character, theme, and imagery.

ENGL 4180 - Milton
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An intensive study of Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, "Lycidas," Areopagitica, and the minor poetry.

ENGL 4230 - Selected British Writers after the Restoration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Focuses on the work of at most three authors in a cultural and literary context. Specific authors will vary. May be repeated for up to six credits.

ENGL 4240 - Modern British Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written in Britain from approximately 1910 to 1939. Representative works of major British writers in the context of contemporary social and literary history.

ENGL 4270 - Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Contemporary British and Commonwealth novels in the context of social and literary history.

ENGL 4310 - The American Renaissance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. American Romanticism in the selected writings of Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville.

ENGL 4320 - Selected American Writers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Focuses on the work of at most three American authors in a cultural and literary context. Specific authors will vary.

ENGL 4410 - Literary Criticism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Critical theories: Classical, Neoclassical, Romantic, and Modern. Practical criticism: the technical analysis of poetry and prose.

ENGL 4425 - Backgrounds of Modern Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Readings in the intellectual history of modern literature. Selected literary figures, major aesthetic movements, and pivotal ideas of modern Western culture, including Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre. Course divided by themes representing disciplines or modes of thought.

ENGL 4435 - Global English Literatures
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, ENGL 2020/ENGL 2030 and/or HUM 2610. Study of global Anglophone literature in cultural, historical and sociopolitical contexts.

ENGL 4470 - Modern Drama
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. World drama from 1880 to the present.

ENGL 4500 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; YOED 3000 or YOED 3500 or equivalent and permission of department. An intensive study of both grammar and composition for the teacher, the writer, and the editor: writing, analyzing, and judging composition. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Structure of modern English and overview of current syntactic theories.

ENGL 4530 - History of the English Language
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Political, social, intellectual forces determining historical development of English; internal structural changes--sounds, inflections--resulting from those forces.

ENGL 4540 - Approaches to Teaching ESL Grammar and Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better and  ENGL 4510 or equivalent. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

ENGL 4570 - Special Topics in Linguistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better;  ENGL 3570, ANTH 3410, PSY 4820, or CDIS 3250. Selected topic in theoretical linguistics. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

ENGL 4600 - Writing Internship
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of internship coordinator; for juniors and seniors only with a 3.0 GPA in English. An internship in which students apply their writing and communication skills in a professional setting. Arrangements for the internship are made in advance with the internship coordinator through the English Upper Division office. Open to English majors and minors and Writing minors. Maximum of 3 hours toward the Writing or English minor. Pass/Fail.

ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

ENGL 4670 - Special Topics in Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; for juniors and seniors only. An intensive study in one specialized form of writing. The form of writing will vary with the instructor teaching the course.

ENGL 4750 - Special Topics in Children's Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Selected genre, period, ethnicity, tradition, or literary focus in children's and/or young adult literature. Subject will vary with instructor.

ENGL 4760 - Special Topics in Folklore
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better;  ENGL 3760 recommended. An intensive study on a selected topic of folklore. Content varies from semester to semester and will reflect the interests and expertise of the instructor.

ENGL 4780 - Topics in War and Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better.  A selected author, genre, period, tradition, or context of literary inquiry in the subject of war. Topic will vary with instructor.

ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces interrelations of law and literature as seen in a variety of literary texts and classic writings of great jurists.

ENGL 4855 - Film Theory and Criticism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of the major theoretical approaches to film, including montage, mise-en-scene, and structuralist theory.

ENGL 4860 - Special Topics in Film Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected director, genre, period, aspect, or theme. The subject will vary each time course is taught.

ENGL 4900 - Selected Topics in Literature and Language
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected author, genre, period, tradition, or context of literary or linguistic inquiry. The field will vary with instructor.

ENGL 4910 - Studies in Poetry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Selected topics in poetry. Topics may include the poetic works of a single author, those of a number of authors, a particular style of poetry, poetic works linked by period, culture, or subject matter, or any combination of the above. Topics will vary.

ENGL 4920 - Studies in Drama
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Works of drama linked by historical period, region or culture, author(s), subject matter, or other connective thread. Topic will vary with instructor.

ENGL 4930 - Studies in Prose Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Selected topics in the novel and other forms of prose fiction. Focuses on works and writers from the U.S., Britain, and Europe during the eighteenth- through twenty-first centuries, although other regions and eras may be included as supplemental features. Topics vary each semester.

ENGL 4940 - Studies in Prose Non-Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines works of nonfiction such as autobiography, journals, essays, etc. Specific topics will vary.

ENGL 4950 - Selected Topics in Contemporary Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected genre, author, theme, or nation, with a focus on literature after World War II. Subject will vary with instructor.

ENGL 4980 - English Studies Abroad
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Selected genre(s), period(s), tradition(s), or literary focus combined with study abroad. Subject will vary with instructor. Courses may be taken multiple times with different topics.

ENGL 4999 - Senior Portfolio
0 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020, and ENGL 3030. Required of all English majors for graduation beginning Spring 2016. Open only to graduating seniors or to students who have completed 24 upper-division English hours. Students will compile and submit a portfolio of at least three different essays representing their progress through the program. Pass-Fail. 

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