Curriculum

Major Program (40 semester hours minimum for all concentrations)

Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Required of all concentrations
ENGL 200 Introduction to Literature (3)
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature (3)
ENGL 372 Shakespeare (3)
ENGL 400 Critical Theory (3)

 

CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Major Elective Requirements:
(27 semester hours or 9 upper division courses excluding core courses and ENGL 390)–within the major electives, students must meet 3 area, 4 period, 1 genre, and 1 seminar requirement at least once as set forth below.

Area Requirements–One course each in the following areas:
American Literature (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 341-350 inclusive)

British Literature
(fulfilled by ENGL 351-360)

World Literature
(fulfilled by ENGL 361-370)

Period Requirements: One course each in the literatures of

Middle Ages (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 352, 372, 362 depending on course content)

Renaissance (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 354, 362 depending on course content)

Enlightenment and Romantic (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 345, 346, 355, 362 depending on course content)

Modernity (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 347, 348, 360, 363)

Genre Requirement: One course that focuses primarily on a single literary genre (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 440-449)

Seminar Requirement: One 400-level course that requires a research paper (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 401-496)

Capstone (1-3 semester hours)
ENGL 497 Senior Thesis (tutorial) (1-3)
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.

Foreign Language Requirements:
Before graduation, English majors of all concentrations will be required to have completed two semester of college-level study (or equivalent) in a foreign language, with at least one language course taken in college. One semester study abroad that includes language study in a country where that language is spoken will fulfill this requirement in its entirety.

 

CONCENTRATION IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

Major Elective Requirements:
(18 semester hours or 6 upper division courses excluding core courses and ENGL 390)–within the major electives, students must meet 3 area, 1 genre, and 1 seminar requirement at least once as set forth below.

Area Requirements–One course each in the following areas:
American Literature (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 341-350 inclusive)

British Literature
(fulfilled by ENGL 351-360)

World Literature
(fulfilled by ENGL 361-370)

Genre Requirement: One course that focuses primarily on a single literary genre (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 440-449)

Seminar Requirement: One 400-level course that requires a research paper (3)
(fulfilled by ENGL 401-496)

Comparative & Interdisciplinary Requirements (9 semester hours):
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature (3)
Two upper level (300-400) courses in secondary discipline.

Capstone (1-3 semester hours)
ENGL 497 Senior Thesis (tutorial) (1-3)
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.

Foreign Language Requirements:
Before graduation, English majors of all concentrations will be required to have completed two semester of college-level study (or equivalent) in a foreign language, with at least one language course taken in college. One semester study abroad that includes language study in a country where that language is spoken will fulfill this requirement in its entirety.

 

Minor Program in Literature (18 semester hours)

Required Courses:
ENGL 200 Introduction to Literature (3)
ENGL 372 Shakespeare (3)
One course in World Literature (3)
One course in American Literature (3)
One course in British Literature (3)
One elective at the 300 or 400 level (3)

 

Minor Program in Writing (18 semester hours)

Required courses:
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory and Practice of Rhetoric (3)

One course from the following:
ENGL 316 Technical Writing OR ENGL 317 Writing in the Professions (3)

Four courses (*) from the following: (12 semester hours)
ENGL 311 Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 312 Literary Non-fiction (3)
ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 317 Writing in the Professions (3)
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition (3)
ENGL 319 Tutoring Composition (3)
ENGL 321 English Language: History and Grammars (3)
ENGL 322 Style (3)
ENGL 498 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:
CMMA 213 Writing Across the Media (3)
CMMA 315 Editorial and Feature Writing (3)
CMMA 380 Writing Reviews and Criticisms (3)
MGMT 350 Corporate Communication (3)

A recommended ancillary course (not to be counted toward the 18 hour requirement) is CMMA 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.