2014-15 Catalogs

BA in English

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The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 48.

After satisfying the prerequisites, a course in writing (College Writing or equivalent), the English major begins with ENG 140 and ENG 245. The student then selects more advanced English courses (and up to 6 credits in approved courses from other departments) to satisfy the 48-credit major requirement. No more than 15 credits in 200-level courses may count toward the major.

English majors must meet the following English Department requirements. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better and six hours with a grade of B or better. Majors should have completed ENG 100 or 101, ENG 140, ENG 245, and at least one other 200-level English course before concentrating on more advanced work.


     College Writing (no credit toward major)

  • Introduction for Majors (3 credits)
    • ENG 140 Reading Literature (3 credits). This course is a prerequisite for ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits).
    • ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits). This course is a prerequisite for 300- and 400-level literature courses.
  • At least one 300- or 400-level Criticism and Theory course (3 credits)
  • At least one 200-, 300-, or 400-level course from 3 of the following 4 categories (9 credits)
    • Language (In addition to ENG courses in the Language category, the following courses from the Linguistics Department satisfy this requirement: LIN 305, LIN 311, LIN 312, LIN 313, LIN 314, LIN 331. Courses in foreign and classical languages beyond third-semester college level also satisfy this requirement.)
    • Genre and Form
    • Writing (ENG 201 does not satisfy this requirement)
    • Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies
  • At least one 300- or 400-level course from 4 of 6 historical periods of literature (12 credits)
    • Ancient and Biblical (In addition to ENG courses in the Ancient and Biblical category, the following courses from Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures satisfy this requirement: CLA 283, CLA 284.)
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance
    • Eighteenth Century
    • Nineteenth Century
    • Literatures Since 1900
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
    • A seminar is a small class (limited to approximately 15 students) designed to encourage independent thinking, intensive student participation, and in-depth research on topics of the student's choice related to the seminar topic. Typically seminars allow a professor to teach a focused subject of special interest, one on which the professor has done recent research or scholarly writing. Each semester, detailed descriptions of seminars will be published in the English Department's Course Guide. Seminars satisfy the general education capstone requirement.  Though they may also fulfill requirements under other categories, seminars still count as only 3 credits toward the major requirements.
  • Electives (as needed to complete 48 credit hours in the major)
    • All electives must be 200-level or above. Students may petition to use up to six hours of courses from other departments toward their electives.