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English Area

Hours Required: 60 (BA Program) or 66 (BS Program) The main purpose of the area in English is to enable students to prepare for teaching English in grades 8-12. However, students in English not seeking teacher certification may elect to pursue the area instead of a major. A minor is not required.

Students pursuing the area in English may earn either the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. To receive the BA degree, they must have at least twelve semester hours of credit for modern foreign language studies. Four three-hour courses in one language or two three-hour courses in each of two languages will fulfill the requirement. Students may be exempted from the requirement on the basis of proficiency certified by both oral and written tests administered by the modern foreign language faculty. Students whose native language is not English will be exempted. To receive the BS degree, students pursuing an area in English do not have to take foreign language courses but must complete six hours in English in addition to the hours in English required in the BA program.

The English faculty recommends that students who expect to enter graduate studies in English or a related field choose the Bachelor of Arts option.


Course Offerings

English Area: 60 or 66 Hours

60 hours are required for the BA degree; 66 for the BS. The BA requires 12 hours of foreign language not included in the 60 hours shown here.

All English area/major students must take MAC 120 or MAC 140 as part of their General Education requirements.

Required/Core Courses: 18

Take each course on this list:
ENG 234 Foundations of World Literature 3
ENG 331 Survey of British Literature I 3
ENG 332 Survey of British Literature II 3
ENG 361 Linguistics: Modern English Grammar 3
ENG 375 Contemporary Drama 3
ENG 491 Shakespeare 3

Restricted Electives: 9 Hours

American Literature Courses: 3
Choose one course from this list:
ENG 341 Survey of American Literature I 3
ENG 342 Survey of American Literature II 3

Literature Before 1800: 3 Hours
Choose one course from this list:
ENG 351 Renaissance to Restoration Literature 3
ENG 352 Age of Enlightenment Literature 3
ENG 368 Medieval Literature 3

Literature After 1800: 3 Hours
Choose one course from this list:
ENG 305 Introduction to Poetry 3
ENG 358 Modernism and Postmodernism Literature 3
ENG 380/480 Special Topics 3
ENG 455 Romantic and Victorian Literature 3
ENG 470 The Novel 3
ENG 490 Independent Study 3

Required Capstone Course: 3 Hours

ENG 496 Literary Theory and Research 3

Unrestricted Electives: 9 or 15 Hours

Choose three courses from this list for the BA degree, five courses for the BS degree:
ENG 305 Introduction to Poetry 3
ENG 341 Survey of American Literature I 3
ENG 342 Survey of American Literature II 3
ENG 351 Renaissance to Restoration Literature 3
ENG 352 Age of Enlightenment Literature 3
ENG 368 Medieval Literature 3
ENG 373 Creative Writing 3
ENG 395 Advanced Composition 3
ENG 380/480 Special Topics 3
ENG 390/490 Independent Study 1-3
ENG 455 Romantic and Victorian Literature 3
ENG 470 The Novel 3
ENG 473 Advanced Creative Writing 3

Theater/Drama Electives: 9 Hours

Choose three courses from this list:
TH 200 Stagecraft 3
TH 131 Introduction to Theater 3
TH 253 Fundamentals of Acting 3
TH 334 Directing 3

Journalism Electives: 9 Hours

Choose three courses from this list:
MAC 240 Reporting and Newswriting 3
MAC 245 Copyediting 3
MAC 440 Advanced Reporting and Newswriting 3
MAC 465 Graphic Design for Mass Media 3

Required Courses in Teaching Methods … 3

ENG 465 Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Sc hool 3

Teacher Certification

To complete the requirements for teacher certification, students must successfully complete a set of professional education courses and supervised student teaching.

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