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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in English


Requirements for a Major in English


All English majors will earn the B.A. degree, which in addition to basic skills and general education course requirements mandates third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the student’s choice. (A placement test is available to students who desire advanced placement or waiver of the foreign language requirement.) All English majors must choose an emphasis within the major and complete the three English foundation courses and the Capstone course, ENG 495 Language and Literature.

Requirements for the Emphases


All English majors will choose one of the following emphases: language and literature, elementary language arts education, or secondary English education. Each emphasis requires different options from the six course categories below:

Course Categories


Note: ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre and ENG 216 Foundations of Literary Study: Critical Approaches serve as prerequisites for all 300- and 400-level literature courses not offered in the General Education Program. ENG 261 Foundations of Language Study serves as a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level linguistics courses not offered in the General Education Program. *Courses marked with an asterisk are courses that belong to general education Issues.

A. American Literature


The courses in this category focus on important periods, themes, and fields in American literary history. They seek to define, explore, and broaden our understanding of literature in the context of its historical moment.

B. British Literature


The courses in this category focus on important periods, themes, and fields in British literary history. They seek to define, explore, and broaden our understanding of literature in the context of its historical moment.

C. International Literature


The courses in this category focus on a variety of international literatures in translation as well as on global literatures written in English. They seek to define, explore, and broaden our understanding of literature in the context of its historical moment.

D. Approaches to Literature


The courses in this category focus on different genres, methods, topics, and concepts through which to approach, analyze, and interpret literature.

E. Approaches to Language


The courses in this category focus on major topics in linguistics and introduce students to fundamental principles of linguistic theory and research. ENG 261 serves as a prerequisite for 300- and 400-level language courses.

F. Approaches to Pedagogy


The courses in this category focus on the teaching of the language arts in English in elementary and secondary schools. The courses introduce students to literatures, concepts, theories, and practices of relevance to the elementary and secondary classrooms.

Language and Literature Emphasis Requirements


Foundation Courses (9 credits)

Elective Requirements (27 credits)

Category requirements:

  • One course each from course categories A-E

Historical requirements:

  • At least one course on literature before 1700
  • At least one course in 18th and 19th century literature
  • At least one course in 20th and 21st century literature

300-Level+ Courses:

  • At least 15 credits of 300-level+ courses in categories A-E

Capstone

Total Hours: 39

Teaching Emphases


Elementary Language Arts Education Emphasis Requirements


Foundation Courses (9 credits)

Track Requirements (9 credits)

Elective Requirements (18 credits)

  • One course from category A
  • One course from category C
  • One course from category E
  • Two courses from categories A-E
  • One course from category A-F

Capstone

Total: 39 credits

Secondary English Education Emphasis Requirements


Foundation Courses (9 credits)

Track Requirements (12 credits)

Elective Requirements (15 credits)

  • One course from category A
  • One course from category B
  • One course from category C
  • One course from category E
  • One course from category A-F

Capstone

Total: 39 credits

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in English Language and Literature


The following schedule assumes that students will consult with an advisor to make appropriate choices in general education courses.

First Year


 

Second Year


Third Year


  • English elective (category B)
  • English elective (category C)
  • English elective (category D)
  • English elective (category E)
  • Two general education cultural designation courses

Fourth Year


Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Elementary Language Arts Education


First Year


Second Year


  • Foreign language 201
  • Three general education Foundation courses
  • Two English Department foundation courses
  • Four courses in elementary distributed minor (may both double count for general education)
  •   

Third Year


Fourth Year


 

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Secondary English Education


First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year


 

English Program Description


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