Curriculum

Major Program (40 semester hours minimum in all concentrations)

Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Introduction to Literature (3)
Ancient Literature (3)
Shakespeare (3)
Critical Theory (3)

Concentration in English Literature (27 semester hours)
Once course in each of the following areas (12 semester hours):

British Literature
British Literature to 1450 (3)
British Literature 1450-1660 (3)
British Literature 1660-1785 (3)
British Literature 1785-1890 (3)
British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present (3)

American Literature
American Literature to 1850 (3)
American Literature 1850-1914 (3)
American Literature 1914-1965 (3)
American Literature 1965-Present (3)

World Literature
World Literature Before 1900 (3)
World Literature After 1900 (3)

One are course in each of the following for broadly defined periods (16 semester hours):

Medieval
British Literature to 1450 (3)
World Literature Before 1900 (depending on content) (3)

Renaissance
British Literature 1450-1660 (3)
World Literature Before 1900 (depending on content) (3)

Enlightenment and Romanticism
American Literature to 1850 (3)
American Literature 1850-1914 (3)
British Literature 1660-1785 (3)
British Literature 1785-1890 (3)
World Literature Before 1900 (depending on content) (3)

Modernity
American Literature 1914-1965 (3)
American Literature 1965-Present (3)
British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present (3)
World Literature After 1900 (3)

One course focused on a genre (3 semester hours)

Genre (3)
Dialogic and the novel (3)
Literary Non-fiction (3)
(or a period course focused on one genre)

One 400-level literature seminar (3)

No more than two advanced writing courses:
Creative Writing (3)
Advanced Composition: Theory and Practice of Rhetoric (3)
Technical Writing (3)
Writing in the Professions (3)
Teaching Composition (3)
Tutoring Composition (3)
Writing Internship (1-6)

Capstone (1-3 semester hours)
Senior Thesis (tutorial)
The Senior Thesis is completed as an individual tutorial under the supervision of one or occasionally two faculty advisors on a topic of the student’s choice. The topic and the faculty advisor(s) must be arranged before registration for the thesis.

Concentration in Comparative Literature: (40 semester hours)
One course in each of the following areas:

British Literature
British Literature to 1450 (3)
British Literature 1450-1660 (3)
British Literature 1660-1785 (3)
British Literature 1785-1890 (3)
British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present (3)

American Literature
American Literature to 1850 (3)
American Literature 1850-1914 (3)
American Literature 1914-1965 (3)
American Literature 1965-Present (3)

World Literature
World Literature Before 1900 (3)
World Literature After 1900 (3)

One course focused on a genre:

Genre (3)
Dialogic and the novel (3)
Literary Non-fiction (3)
(or a period course focused on one genre)

One 400-level literature seminar (3)

Comparative & Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods in Comparative Literature (3)
Two upper level (300-400) courses in secondary discipline (6)

Capstone (1-3 semester hours)
Senior Thesis (tutorial) (1-3)
The Senior Thesis is completed as an individual tutorial under the supervision of two faculty advisors on a topic of the student’s choice. The topic and the faculty advisors must be arranged before registration for the thesis.

 

Minor Program in Literature (18 semester hours)

Required Courses:
Introduction to Literature (3)
Shakespeare (3)
One course in World Literature (3)
One course in American Literature (3)
One course in British Literature (3)
One elective other than an historical survey (3)

 

Minor Program in Writing (18 semester hours)

Required courses:
Advanced Composition: Theory and Practice of Rhetoric (3)
One course from the following:
Technical Writing Or Writing in the Professions (3)
Four courses (*) from the following: (12 hours) (12)
Creative Writing (3)
Literary Non-fiction (3)
Technical Writing (3)
Writing in the Professions (3)
Teaching Composition (3)
Tutoring Composition (3)
English Language: History and Grammars (3)
Style (3)
Internship: Writing (1-6)

*One of the four courses may be a traditional course in literature numbered above 200 (Introduction to Literature) or one course taken from among the following:
Writing Across the Media (3)
Editorial and Feature Writing (3)
Writing Reviews and Criticisms (3)
Corporate Communication (3)

A recommended ancillary course (not to be counted toward the 18 hour requirement) is MCOM 470 Law and Regulation of Mass Communication
Notes:

  • ENGL 111, 112, 200-level courses after ENGL 200, and 390 do not count toward the English major or minor programs.
  • Students wishing to teach at the elementary or secondary level and seeking Certification in English have additional requirements as listed below.

 

English Language Arts Program

The English Language Arts major is open only to students who are also pursuing Secondary Education Certification. The major is jointly administered by the College of Education and the English department. Students must the following requirements and the Secondary Certification requirements listed in the Teacher Education section of the university catalog.

 

Major Program (43 semester hours)

Core Courses (18 hours)
Introduction to Literature (3)
Adolescent Literature (3)
World Literature I (3)
Chaucer (3)
Shakespeare (3)
Methods of Teaching English (3)

Historical Surveys (12 hours)
British Literature to 1700 (3)
British Literature after 1700 (3)
American Literature to 1900 (3)
American Literature after 1900 (3)
Writing Courses (6 hours)
The English Language: History and Grammars (3)
One from the following:
Advance Composition and Rhetoric (3)
Teaching Composition (3)
Tutoring Composition (3)

Genre requirement (3 hours)
Literary Non-fiction Or Genre (3)

Seminar study requirement (3 hours)
One 400 level seminar courses (3)
Capstone (1 hour)
Senior Thesis (1)

Notes: At least one course above 300 must be designated “multi-cultural” by the department. English Language Arts majors must also complete Concepts of Communication.
Like English majors, English Language Arts majors will be required to have completed before graduation two semesters of college-level study or the equivalent in a foreign language. (One year of successfully completed language study in high school will count as the equivalent of one semester of college-level study.)

For more information, refer the USF catalog