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English Major

Hours Required: 36 (BA program) or 42 (BS program) A major in English opens the doors to many professions and careers. It is especially appropriate for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in English or a related field (law, philosophy, theology, etc.). It is also appropriate for students who do not intend to enter graduate studies but to have non-teaching careers in fields requiring highly developed skills in analysis, interpretation, and communication (advertising, management, publishing, public relations, etc.).

To receive the BA degree, students pursuing a major in English must have at least 12 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 a major 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. All English major students must take MAC 120 or MAC 140 as part of their General Education requirements.


Course Offerings

English Major: 36 or 42 Hours

Required/Core Courses: 9

ENG 234 Foundations of World Literature 3
ENG 331 Survey of British Literature I 3
ENG 332 Survey of British Literature II 3

Restricted Electives: 18 Hours

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

Advanced Literature/Writing Courses: 3 Hours
Choose one course from this list:
ENG 361 Linguistics: Modern English Grammar 3
ENG 395 Advanced Composition 3

Literature Before 1800: 6 Hours
Choose two courses from this list:
ENG 351 Renaissance to Restoration Literature 3
ENG 352 Age of Enlightenment Literature 3
ENG 368 Medieval Literature 3
ENG 491 Shakespeare 3

Literature After 1800: 6 Hours
Choose two courses from this list:
ENG 305 Introduction to Poetry 3
ENG 358 Modernism and Postmodernism Literature 3
ENG 375 Contemporary Drama 3
ENG 380/480 Special Topics (qualifying sections thereof) 3
ENG 455 Romantic and Victorian Literature 3
ENG 470 The Novel 3
ENG 490 Independent Study (qualifying sections thereof) 3

Required Capstone Course .. 3

ENG 496 Literary Theory and Research 3

Unrestricted Electives: 6 or 12 Hours

Choose two courses from this list for the BA degree; four or 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 361 Linguistics: Modern English Grammar 3
ENG 368 Medieval Literature 3
ENG 373 Creative Writing 3
ENG 375 Contemporary Drama 3
ENG 395 Advanced Composition 3
ENG 455 Romantic and Victorian Literature 3
ENG 470 The Novel 3
ENG 473 Advanced Creative Writing 3
ENG 480 Special Topics 3
ENG 490 Independent Study 3
ENG 491 Shakespeare 3

Any survey course not taken as a required course ma y be taken as an unrestricted elective.