English Curriculum

ENGLISH MAJOR
(37-40 semester hours minimum) Core Courses (7-11 semester hours):

One general education course that meets outcome in literary inquiry: select from
ENGL 200 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 201 Nature Writing 3
ENGL 202 Travel Writing 3
ENGL 203 Introduction to African American Literature 3
ENGL 204 Know Thyself 3

Foreign Language requirement: select one option
• 1 year of foreign language study in high school AND 1 foreign language class in college
• 2 foreign language classes in college 6
• 1 foreign language class during semester abroad where 3
the language is spoken
*Note that modern and classical languages fulfill this requirement, as does American Sign Language. Students whose maternal language is not English and who are attending the university on an F-1 visa are exempt from foreign language requirements, but no credit is awarded.

Senior Capstone requirement, select one option:
ENGL 497
OR Senior Thesis/Portfolio 1-3
ENGL 491 Literature Proseminar I (taken with a major requirement) 1
ENGL 499 Literature Proseminar II (taken with a major requirement) 1

CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

(33 semester hours)
For 1,400 years, the English language has been a rich and supple medium for poets, novelists, essayists, playwrights, filmmakers, and translators, not only in English-speaking nations, but across the globe. To study this long tradition, we adopt a wide variety of lenses; rhetorical, political, and philosophical approaches complement the study of performance modes and material culture.

English Literature students read a wonderful mix of old and new- everything from ancient epics, Renaissance dramas, and Victorian novels, to the latest memoirs, graphic novels, and spoken-word poetry. They also study writing with published writers in a variety of creative, professional, and digital modes. In our student-focused, discussion-driven classes, students work alongside faculty to develop their own interests as they hone essential skills demanded by the job market: close reading and research, confident analysis and argument, both oral and written. Opportunities for learning outside the classroom are always on offer: internships, conference presentation, spoken word, live theater, and more.

Required courses: 6 semester hours
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3

Electives: 27 semester hours
Within these electives, students must meet the following period requirements: At least 3 semester hours in each of the following four historical periods:

Ancient: fulfilled by
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3

Medieval/Early Modern: fulfilled by
ENGL 351 British Literature 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3

Enlightenment/Victorian: fulfilled by
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3

Modern/Contemporary: fulfilled by
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literature 1890-Present 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3

Remaining electives: Select

2 courses (or 6 semester hours) from Literature Electives, 1 course (or 3 semester hours) from Writing Electives; and
2 courses (or 6 semester hours) from either the Literature or Writing Electives listed below (excluding any courses taken to fulfill other concentration requirements):

LITERATURE ELECTIVES
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3
ENGL 440 Genre 3
ENGL 441 Dialogic & the Novel 3
ENGL 444 Literary Non-Fiction 3
ENGL 450 Author Seminar 3
ENGL 494 Topics in English 3
ENGL 495 Independent Study 1-3
ENGL 496 Directed Study 1-3

WRITING ELECTIVES
ENGL 300 Free Speech 3
ENGL 309 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 312 Memoir & the Personal Essay 3
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory & Practice of Rhetoric 3
ENGL 316 Technical Writing 3
ENGL 317 Writing in the Disciplines 3
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition 3
ENGL 319 Tutoring Composition 3
ENGL 321 American English: Dialects & Grammars 3
ENGL 322 Style 3
ENGL 325 Freelance Writing 3
ENGL 498 Writing Internship 1-6
FORL 300 Translation 3

CONCENTRATION IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE (33 semester hours)

The Comparative Literature concentration is an interdisciplinary option for students of literature. Comparative literature, now often understood as international and interdisciplinary study rooted in literature, began as a disciplinary home for the comparison of literatures from different national traditions. It then evolved to encompass cultural studies, and eventually became fully interdisciplinary.

At its heart is comparison, which involves pondering juxtapositions, asking questions, making connections, starting a conversation, and carrying it through to the end with an awareness of how it all came about. Because Comparative Literature offers great freedom and creativity, it demands in turn great discipline: one needs the appropriate expertise to make the comparison (linguistic or disciplinary), a sound basis for the comparison, an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and implications of the comparison, and the ability to articulate them orally and in writing.

Aside from courses in the English Department, students of Comparative Literature must take two upper-division courses in secondary field (including, but not limited to art, criminal justice, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, theology)

that will be relevant to their capstone experience. All courses should be chosen in consultation with the major advisor so that it forms a coherent and individualized curriculum.

Required courses: 18 semester hours
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature* 3
*Depending on course content, this course may also fulfill an area requirement
2 approved upper division courses in a secondary discipline 6

Electives: 15 semester hours
Within these electives, students must meet area requirements in American, British, and world literatures.

Select one course (or 3 semester hours) in each area. If ENGL 410 fulfills an area requirement, then the student should select an additional literature elective.

American Literature
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3

British Literature
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3

World Literature
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Lits. 1890-Present 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3

Remaining electives: Select
1 course (or 3 semester hours) from Writing Electives and
1 course (or 3 semester hours) from either Writing or Literature Electives listed below (excluding any courses taken to fulfill other concentration requirements):

WRITING ELECTIVES
ENGL 300 Free Speech 3
ENGL 309 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 312 Memoir & the Personal Essay 3
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory & Practice of Rhetoric 3
ENGL 316 Technical Writing 3
ENGL 317 Writing in the Disciplines 3
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition 3
ENGL 319 Tutoring Composition 3
ENGL 321 American English: Dialects & Grammars 3
ENGL 322 Style 3
ENGL 325 Freelance Writing 3
ENGL 498 Writing Internship 1-6
FORL 300 Translation 3

LITERATURE ELECTIVES
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3
ENGL 440 Genre 3
ENGL 441 Dialogic & the Novel 3
ENGL 444 Literary Non-Fiction 3
ENGL 450 Author Seminar 3
ENGL 494 Topics in English 3
ENGL 495 Independent Study 1-3
ENGL 496 Directed Study 1-3

CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS (33 semester hours)
The English major concentration in English/Language Arts is our teacher preparation program and is only open to students who are also pursuing Secondary Education with Professional Educator Licensure through the College of Education. The major is jointly administered by the English Department and the College of Education. Students must fulfill the requirements of both the English major (English/Language Arts concentration), and of Secondary Educator Licensure as listed in the Teacher Education (B.A.) section of this catalog.

Please refer to the entry in this catalog on Teacher Education (B.A.) in English/Language Arts for the requirements of Secondary Educator Licensure.

Required courses: 15 semester hours
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition 3
ENGL 321 American English: Dialects & Grammars 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3

Electives: 18 semester hours
Area/Period Requirements: within these electives, students must complete at least 3 semester hours in each of four period requirements (Ancient, Medieval-Early Modern, Enlightenment-Victorian, Modern-Contemporary) taking care that those selections include British, American, and world literatures.

Ancient: fulfilled by
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3

Medieval/Early Modern: fulfilled by
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3

Enlightenment/Victorian: fulfilled by
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3

ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 (depending on course content) 3

Modern/Contemporary: fulfilled by
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present 3
ENGL 363 World Literatures after 1900 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3

Remaining electives: Select
1 course (or 3 semester hours) from Literature Electives and
1 course (or 3 semester hours) from either Writing or Literature Electives listed below (excluding any courses taken to fulfill other concentration requirements):

LITERATURE ELECTIVES
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3
ENGL 440 Genre 3
ENGL 441 Dialogic & the Novel 3
ENGL 444 Literary Non-Fiction 3
ENGL 450 Author Seminar 3
ENGL 494 Topics in English 3
ENGL 495 Independent Study 1-3
ENGL 496 Directed Study 1-3

WRITING ELECTIVES
ENGL 300 Free Speech 3
ENGL 309 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 312 Memoir & the Personal Essay 3
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory & Practice of Rhetoric 3
ENGL 316 Technical Writing 3
ENGL 317 Writing in the Disciplines 3
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition 3
ENGL 319 Tutoring Composition 3
ENGL 321 American English: Dialects & Grammars 3
ENGL 322 Style 3
ENGL 325 Freelance Writing 3
ENGL 498 Writing Internship 1-6
FORL 300 Translation 3

CONCENTRATION IN WRITING (30 semester hours)

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” –John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)

More than a concentration, Writing at USF is a mission rooted in the universal human right of freedom of expression. Students in our multi-disciplinary writing program determine and hone their writing skills in three arenas: imaginative and creative expression, professional communication, advocacy writing. Within each one, they explore the relationship between conscience and expression, they learn that the right to speak the truth goes hand in hand with the duty to seek it, and they probe real-world tests to the limits that have grown up around the bold assertions of our First Amendment.

The premium granted to wit and invention in our society, and the authority that clear and concise writing commands means that our students begin working within professional norms immediately. Research, argument and logic drive them to design innovative communications in multiple media. Adept at code-switching, they distinguish between different rhetorical situations and audiences. They know that using commas is an art and that telling a good story is the secret weapon of advertising, advocacy, business, diplomacy, entertainment, journalism, law, medicine, philanthropy, politics, social-media, and teaching.

In the discussion-centered, collaborative classes and workshops of the USF Writing Program, learning is not about following rules, but about discovering the freedom of expression through them, challenging them, and writing new rules for professionalism in the twenty-first century.

Required courses: 9 semester hours
ENGL 123 Intro to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 300 Free Speech 3

Select one of:
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory & Practice of Rhetoric 3
OR
ENGL 317 Writing in the Disciplines 3

Electives: 21 semester hours
Select 4 courses (or 12 semester hours) from Multidisciplinary Writing Electives, and 2 courses (or 6 semester hours) from Literature Electives, and
1 course (or 3 semester hours) from either Multidisciplinary Writing or Literature Electives listed below (excluding any courses taken to fulfill other concentration requirements):

MULTIDISCIPLINARY WRITING ELECTIVES
(Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites)
ARTD 209 Typography 3
ARTD 361 Comics & Graphic Novels: A Seminar 3
ARTD 410 Typography II 3
CMMA 211 Writing and Reporting for Electronic Media 3
CMMA 213 Writing Across the Media I 3
CMMA 214 Writing Across the Media II 3
CMMA 290 Applied Reporting 3
CMMA 313 Writing Across the Media III 3
CMMA 315 Editorial and Feature Writing 3
CMMA 335 Web Publishing and Platforms 3
CMMA 375 Writing for Advertising and Sales 3
CMMA 380 Writing Reviews and Criticism 3
DARA 305 Songwriting 3
DARA 322 Story-boarding & Script-writing for UGC 3
ENGL 309 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 312 Memoir & the Personal Essay 3
ENGL 315 Advanced Composition: Theory & Practice of Rhetoric 3
ENGL 316 Technical Writing 3
ENGL 317 Writing in the Disciplines 3
ENGL 318 Teaching Composition 3
ENGL 319 Tutoring Composition 3
ENGL 321 American English: Dialects & Grammars 3
ENGL 322 Style 3
ENGL 325 Freelance Writing 3
ENGL 498 Writing Internship 1-6
FREN/ITAL/SPAN/FORL up to 2 for lang. classes numbered above 200 3-6
FORL 300 Translation 3
HIST 310 Social Science Seminar (Historical Writing) 3
MGMT 350 Corporate Communications 3

LITERATURE ELECTIVES
ENGL 291 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 335 Ancient Literature 3
ENGL 345 American Literature to 1850 3
ENGL 346 American Literature 1850-1914 3
ENGL 347 American Literature 1914-1965 3
ENGL 348 American Literature 1965-Present 3
ENGL 351 British Literature to 1450 3
ENGL 352 British Literature 1450-1660 3
ENGL 354 British Literature 1660-1785 3
ENGL 355 British Literature 1785-1890 3
ENGL 360 British & Anglophone Literatures 1890-Present 3
ENGL 362 World Literature before 1900 3
ENGL 363 World Literature after 1900 3
ENGL 371 Chaucer 3
ENGL 372 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Critical Theory 3
ENGL 410 Methods in Comparative Literature 3
ENGL 420 Vietnam Literature 3
ENGL 440 Genre 3
ENGL 441 Dialogic & the Novel 3
ENGL 444 Literary Non-Fiction 3
ENGL 450 Author Seminar 3
ENGL 494 Topics in English 3
ENGL 495 Independent Study 1-3
ENGL 496 Directed Study 1-3