English

Upper Division Program

The department offers five undergraduate major programs, all leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree: In addition to an English minor several interdisciplinary minors are also housed in the English department.

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Major in English

A major in English consists of a minimum of 33 upper-division semester hours. Students may graduate with a basic English major or take additional courses to graduate with a specific concentration as outlined below.
  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 as soon as possible after they declare an English major and complete freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English.
  2. ENGL 3010 and 3020 and 3030 are required of all English majors.
  3. For the basic English major, one course must be included from each of the following seven groups:
  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. World Literature and Backgrounds of English Studies: 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 WMST 4209)

     

  5. Writing, Language and Pedagogy: Courses numbered 3500 or 3600 or 4500 or 4600

     

  6. Gender Studies or 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)

     

  7. Film or Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)

 

  1. Courses from the Special Topics, 3900/4900 number sequence get credit in different categories depending on the topic.
  2. When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (U H 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, with approval, in one of the above groups.

Upper Division form

 

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Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should follow carefully the major requirements outlined in the Secondary Education Teacher Licensure section below. Students who choose to pursue the Cultural Studies, Literary Studies or Writing Concentrations should follow the requirements outlined for those concentrations below.

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 Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Speech and Theatre, Film Studies, Writing, and Women's Studies, but students may choose a minor either from those listed under the B.A. requirements.

 

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A major in English that also satisfies the academic requirements for teacher licensure consists of a minimum of 32 upper-division semester hours in English and an additional 30 hours of education courses.
  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 in the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaring the English major.
  2. ENGL 3010, 3020 and 3030 are required of all English majors.
  3. ENGL 3800, 4500, and 4510 are required of all majors seeking teacher licensure in English.
  4. One course must be completed from each of the following three groups:
  1. One Shakespeare course
  2. ENGL 3735, 3300, 3340, or 3360
  3. ENGL 3400, 3420, or 3430
  1. Two hours of upper-division English electives are required and are usually satisfied with a 3-hour course. Recommended electives include Advanced Composition, History of the English Language, Teaching ESL Writing and Grammar, Introduction to Linguistics, Modern Poetry, or any 4000-level special topics course.

Teaching majors are expected to consult with an English faculty advisor each semester to select coursework and choose a B.A. minor (in addition to the minor in Secondary Education).

 Teacher Licensure Upper Division form

 

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

The main goal of this concentration is to provide students with the opportunity to examine culture through the study of texts within an interdisciplinary framework. A course outside the department is an essential part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to pick interdisciplinary minors that support their interest in cultural studies.

Depending on interests, plans for graduate study and career goals, 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.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 in the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaring the English major.
  2. ENGL 3010, 3020 and 3030 are required of all English majors.
  3. ENGL 3815 Survey of Popular Culture or 3360 Multicultural Literature of the US or 3760 Introduction to Folklore is required of all students pursuing a concentration in Cultural Studies.
  4. Students pursuing a concentration in Cultural Studies must take one upper-division course (3 hours) outside the department . (The course must be approved by the student’s advisor.)
  5. Students must take seven more courses (21 hours) making sure that the total 27 hours of the concentration are spread out among at least six of the seven groups required of all English majors (see above, under Basic Major).

 Cultural Studies Upper Division form

 

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

The main goal of this concentration is to provide students who are interested in literary scholarship and research with the opportunity to take a greater number of advanced courses in literature and to focus on their interests within traditional fields of English studies. However, students are encouraged to expand their interests beyond the canonical and to explore not only classical but contemporary texts. Depending on interests, plans for graduate study and career goals, students may choose to emphasize a period, an author or a genre, or they may choose to increase their general knowledge of the field.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 in the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaring the English major.
  2. ENGL 3010, 3020 and 3030 are required of all English majors.
  3. Students pursuing a concentration in Literary Studies must take ENGL 4410 Literary Criticism (3 hours).
  4. Students pursuing a concentration in Literary Studies must take a 4000-level major-figure course (4110, 4130, 4140, 4180,4230, 4320 or appropriate 4900 course) (3 hours).
  5. Students must take seven more courses (21 hours) making sure that the total 27 hours of the concentration are spread out among at least six of the seven groups required of all English majors (see above, under Basic Major).
  6. At least nine of the 21 hours required for the literary studies concentration must be at the 4000 level. (Including 4410 and the major figure course, students majoring in English with a concentration in Literary Studies will take at least 15 hours of 4000 level courses.)

 Literary Studies Upper Division form

 

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A major in English with a concentration in Writing consists of a minimum of 39 upper-division semester hours. Depending on interests, plans for graduate study and career goals, 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.

The main goal of this concentration is to give students who are interested in developing themselves as writers the opportunity to do so while pursuing a major in English. Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor and to consider experiental learning and internship options to satisfy some of their course requirements.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000 in the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaring the English major.
  2. ENGL 3010, 3020 and 3030 are required of all English majors.
  3. Students pursuing a concentration in Writing must take a grammar/language course ( 3570 or 4510 or 4520 or 4530 or 4570) (3 hours).
  4. Students pursuing the concentration in Writing must choose a genre course (3350, 3450, 3470, 3480, 4425, 4470, 4910, 4920 or 4930 or 4940) (3 hours) .
  5. Students pursuing a concentration in Writing also take three courses from the 3600 / 4600 (writing) sequence, excluding ENGL 3605 (9 hours).
  6. Students pursuing a concentration in Writing must take four more courses (12 hours) making sure that the total 27 hours of the concentration are spread out among at least six of the seven groups required of all English majors (see above, under Basic Major).

 Writing Concentration Upper Division form

 

For more information about the English major or minor, contact the English Upper Division Office
 by email or at (615) 898-2576

 

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