By studying literature, rhetoric, and composition, English majors acquire experience in assimilating large amounts of material representative of many cultures and periods. They learn critical approaches to texts that enable them to interpret and compare interpretations, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise.
These skills are widely applicable. They enable English majors to seek out and create careers in education, business, research and development, government, media, foundations, and publishing.
By majoring in English, students are simultaneously involved with two activities that are essentially and uniquely human: language and art. They make contact with the literary classics of America, England, and the world. They learn what men and women have thought about themselves and their worlds over the course of history, and they experience what others have experienced in their own words. They learn to understand the power of language and to use it well.
There are no special requirements that prospective majors in the Department of English must fulfill beyond the minimum 2.0 GPA and the completion of (a) 30 hours in residence and 30 hours of the core curriculum or (b) 12 hours in residence and 40 hours of the core curriculum.
1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.
1311, 1312, and six hours of English or world history.
Six hours at the level of college algebra or higher.
Eight hours in a single natural laboratory science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics).
Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.
Three hours of social and cultural studies selected from designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the English Department.
Sufficient to complete the total number of hours required for the degree.
A total of 42 hours. To count toward the major, each English course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required courses include:
18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.
120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.
Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Secondary Teacher Certification must complete LIST 4343 and 36 hours in English. To count toward the major, each English course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required English courses are:
An English minor may be achieved by completing eighteen hours in English with a grade of C or better. At least six of the hours must be on the 3000- or 4000-level. In addition to this minor, English also offers a minor in Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
The Writing Option is offered for students who wish to concentrate in writing as a part of their undergraduate curriculum. With the permission of their departmental Undergraduate Advisor, students may enroll in a series of courses and obtain a minor in writing.
Students selecting the Writing Option should consult first with the Undergraduate Advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor, then with the undergraduate English advisor. Working with advisors, students will select a sequence of advanced courses to fulfill their minor requirements. All English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Required Courses for Students Selecting the Writing
Nine hours of advanced writing electives.
The Minor in Creative Writing is offered for students wishing to do intensive work in creative writing to supplement an English major or other majors. Students selecting the Creative Writing Minor should consult first with the Undergraduate Advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor, and then with the Undergraduate English Advisor. All English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Required Courses for students selecting the Minor in
ENGL 1301 and 1302.
Two of the following: ENGL 2303, 2309, 2319, 2329, 2350.
Nine hours of advanced creative writing courses: ART 3350, ART 4354 (ART 3350 is a prerequisite for this course), THEA 3320, multiple sections of ENGL 4330.
Students completing the Minor in Creative Writing will perform a public Senior Reading of a portfolio of their work during the semester in which they complete the 24-hour minor, including presenting their poetry, fiction, non-fiction, dramatic works, or screenplays (which may be staged as reader's-theatre performances).
The medieval and early modern world saw major social and cultural
changes-the rise of the middle class, the development of the
individual, the emergence of the nation state, and the
consolidation of many modern languages. The Medieval and Early
Modern Studies minor fosters interdisciplinary study of these
periods, encouraging students to explore and connect topics in
language, literature, history, art, and philosophy. The minor in
Medieval and Early Modern Studies comprises courses taught by
members of various departments in the College of Liberal
Students seeking to minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies should first consult with advisors in their departments or programs for approval of the minor, then with the Director of the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (currently Dr. Sarah Davis-Secord of the Department of History). A minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies consists of six courses (18 hours total; six hours upper level) selected from the courses listed below, with no more than nine hours to be completed within any single discipline. In addition, other relevant topics courses not listed below may be used to fulfill the minor, with the approval of the Director of the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Students should consult the catalog and/or the appropriate department for prerequisites.
ART 3306 Byzantine and Medieval Art
ART 3307 The Early Renaissance
ART 3308 High Renaissance
ART 4306 Mid-Renaissance
ART 4396 Special Studies in Art History (if topic relevant)
ENGL 2303 Topics in Literature (if topic relevant)
ENGL 3351 History of British Literature I
ENGL 4301 History of the English Language
ENGL 4321 Medieval British Literature
ENGL 4322 Sixteenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 4323 Seventeenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 4325 Chaucer
ENGL 4326 Shakespeare
ENGL 4334 Special Topics in British Literature (if topic relevant)
ENGL 4381 Medieval Literature
ENGL 4382 Renaissance and Baroque Literature
ENGL 4386 Dante
FREN 3311 French Literature and Culture
FREN 4332 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
GERM 3318 Special Topics in German Studies (if topic relevant)
GERM 4321 Topics in Literature & Culture (if topic relevant)
HIST 2313 History of England
HIST 3376 Medieval Europe I
HIST 3377 Medieval Europe II
HIST 3378 Europe: The Renaissance
HIST 3379 Europe: The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
HIST 3383 Early Modern Europe, 1580-1789
HIST 4330 Medieval Crusade and Jihad
HIST 4331 Medieval Travelers
HIST 4345 Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714
HIST 4354 Early France: Old Regime and Revolution, 1610-1799
HIST 4365 History of Spain and Portugal
HIST 4388 Selected Topics in History (if topic relevant)
LATN 1441 Latin Level I
LATN 1442 Latin Level II
LATN 2313 Latin Level III
LATN 2314 Latin Level IV
LATN 4391 Conference Course (if topic relevant)
PHIL 3302 History of Philosophy: Roman and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 3303 History of Philosophy: Renaissance and Early Modern European
SPAN 3302 Hisp Lit Trans (if topic relevant)
SPAN 4310 Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture to the Eighteenth
SPAN 4313 Topics in Hispanic Culture (if topic relevant)
SPAN 4330 Topics in Spanish Linguistics (if topic relevant)
For information on the Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor, contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate oral proficiency by passing COMS 1301, COMS 1302, COMS 2305, or COMS 3315 (or equivalent).
Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate computer proficiency by: (a) passing ENGL 3372, 3374 or 4374; or (b) passing CSE 1301 (or equivalent); or (c) passing the University computer literacy examination.
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Unless otherwise indicated, six hours of first-year English credit is prerequisite to all 2000-level courses. When registering for the second year of college English, students should consult their course outlines printed elsewhere in this catalog. In general, students who are not majoring in English may register for ENGL 2303, ENGL 2309, ENGL 2319 or ENGL 2329. Students who plan to major in English must take ENGL 2350, even if they have already completed six hours of sophomore literature. For English majors, this course is a prerequisite to all 3000/4000-level courses. For students not majoring in English, six hours of sophomore English credit is prerequisite to all 3000- or 4000-level courses. However, non-majors who complete three hours of sophomore literature with a grade of A may take a 3000-level course.
For English majors, the prerequisite for all of the following courses is six credit hours of sophomore (2000) English including ENGL 2350. For students who are not majoring in English, the prerequisite is six hours of sophomore (2000) literature or three hours of sophomore literature with a grade of A.