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English Majors

English Minors

English Writing Concentration Certificates


English StudentStudents electing to pursue a major in English enter a course of study leading to either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree, the latter requiring study of a foreign language through the intermediate (200) level. Students pursuing either degree may choose a writing emphasis and may elect to fulfill the requirements for teacher certification.

The English Department also offers courses leading to an English Teaching Minor and to an English Minor with an emphasis in literature, creative writing, or rhetoric and writing. A student not majoring or minoring in English may earn a writing concentration certificate by completing fifteen hours of advanced writing courses.

All programs in English are intended to help students develop their knowledge of language – the most basic human tool – and literature. The programs also foster creativity, competence in the use of language, broad and specific knowledge, and self-understanding as preparation for professional schools (e.g., graduate school, medical school, law school), for teaching or business, or for any other life goals.

Download Checksheet for the University Core Curriculum

In addition to the departmental degree requirements, a minimum of 50 hours in the University Core Curriculum must be met.

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Shared Core
All English and English-Teaching Majors are required to complete a 12-hour Shared Core of courses, as follows:
Shared Electives
All English and English-Teaching Majors are also required to complete 9 hours of Shared Electives at the 300 and 400 level, as follows:
  • 3 hours in Language ~ selected from
    • ENG 313, Introduction to Linguistics
    • ENG 314, Survey of English Grammar
    • ENG 417, History of the English Language
  • 3 hours in Theory ~ selected from
    • ENG 387, Women’s Literature and Gender Issues: 19th- and 20th-Century Theory and Praxis
    • ENG 415, History of Rhetoric
    • ENG 416, Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
    • ENG 448, Literary Criticism and Theory
  • 3 hours in World and Multicultural Literature ~ selected from

Major-Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

42 semester hours, depending on degree and emphasis

NOTES:

  1. English majors are normally expected to use HUM 241-242 (The Western Tradition in Literature I-II) to fulfill Category C4: Western Culture in the University Core Curriculum.
  2. ENG 101 and ENG 201 do not fulfill any requirements for any major or minor in English or English Teaching.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English (require foreign language)

Bachelor of Arts Major in English with Literature EmphasisDownload Checksheet for English Bachelor of Arts with Literature Emphasis

(There is no Bachelor of Science Degree in English with the Literature Emphasis. Therefore the equivalent of two years of the same foreign language is required.)

42 semester hours

  • Shared Core ~ 12 hours
  • Shared Electives ~ 9 hours
  • Directed Electives ~ 12 hours (300-400 level) as follows:
    • One literature course focusing on the18th or 19th Century (3 hours):
      • ENG 427 Neo-Classical and Eighteenth-Century Literature
      • ENG 431 Nineteenth-Century Literature
      • ENG 435 The Novel to the Twentieth Century
      • ENG 474 History of Western Drama II
      • and certain offerings within the ENG 449 (Major Author) designation or ENG 459
    • One literature course focusing on the period before the 18th Century (3 hours):
      • ENG 382 Literature of the Bible I
      • ENG 424 Chaucer
      • ENG 426 The Literature of the Renaissance
      • ENG 451 Plays of Shakespeare
      • ENG 453 Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances
      • ENG 473 History of Western Drama I
      • and certain offerings within the ENG 449 (Major Author) designation or ENG 459
    • Shakespeare or Major Author (3 hours):
    • Theory (literary and rhetorical) (3 hours):
      • ENG 387 Women's Literature and Gender Issues: 19th- and 20th-Century Theory and Praxis
      • ENG 415 History of Rhetoric
      • ENG 416 Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
      • ENG 448 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Open Electives: 9 hours, at least 6 of these in literature, all 300-400 level, ENG 302 excluded.

Bachelor of Arts Major in English with Creative Writing EmphasisDownload Checksheet for English Bachelor of Arts with Creative Writing Emphasis

(There is no Bachelor of Science Degree in English with the Creative Writing Emphasis. Therefore the equivalent of two years of the same foreign language is required.)

42 semester hours

  • Shared Core ~ 12 hours
  • Shared Electives ~ 9 hours
  • Specific Required courses ~ 9 hours as follows:
    • ENG 302 Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 491 The Writer at Work, 3 hours
  • Directed Electives: 12 hours at the 300 and 400 level as follows:

    *may be repeated thrice for credit, but counts only once as directed elective requirement.


Bachelor of Arts Major in English with Rhetoric and Writing EmphasisDownload Checksheet for English Bachelor of Arts with Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis

(The equivalent of two years of the same foreign language is required for the Bachelor of Arts degree. There is also a Bachelor of Science Degree in English with the Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis which does not require a foreign language.  Otherwise the programs are identical.)

42 semester hours

  • Shared Core ~ 12 hours
  • Shared Electives ~ 9 hours
  • Electives ~ 21 hours at the 300 and 400 level as follows:
    • Craft Courses: 12-15 hours selected from
      • ENG 316 Critical and Investigative Writing
      • ENG 412 Writing for the Professions
      • ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age
      • ENG 491 The Writer at Work
      • and other courses as designated by the English Department.
    • Theory Courses: 3-6 hours selected from:
      • ENG 413 Theory in Rhetoric and Writing
      • ENG 415 History of Rhetoric
      • ENG 416 Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
      • ENG 448 Literary Criticism and Theory
    • Open English Electives (3-6 hours if needed to total 21 hours of electives; ENG 302 may not be selected as an elective)

Bachelor of Arts Major in English with Teaching Emphasis (effective Spring 2012)Download Checksheet for Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching Major

(The equivalent of two years of the same foreign language is required for the Bachelor of Arts Degree. There is also a Bachelor of Science Degree, English Teaching Major which does not require a foreign language. Otherwise the programs are identical.)

Download Secondary Education Student HandbookNote: Students entering the English teaching program should review the College of Liberal Arts Teacher Licensing Policy and read the Secondary Education Student Handbook. 

42 semester hours
  • Download Student Teaching Application FormShared Core ~ 12 hours *
  • Shared Electives ~ 9 hours *
  • Shakespeare ~ 3 hours *
    • ENG 451 Plays of Shakespeare or
      ENG 453 Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances
  • Directed Electives ~ 6 hours *
    • ENG 310 Writing in the Secondary Schools
    • ENG 444 Literature in the Secondary Schools
  • Open Electives ~ 12 hours at the 300-400 level (at least 6 hours in literature)
* Other courses may be added to these lists. Check with your advisor.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (do not require foreign language)

42 semester hours

  • Bachelor of Science Major in English with Rhetoric and Writing EmphasisDownload Checksheet for Bachelor of Science in English with Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis

    This program is identical to the Bachelor of Arts in English with Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis, except no foreign language is required.  (see requirements)
     

  • Bachelor of Science Major in English with Teaching EmphasisDownload Checksheet for Bachelor of Science in English Teaching Major

    This program is identical to the Bachelor of Arts in English, English Teaching Major, except no foreign language is required.  (see requirements)

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English Minors:

English Entrepreneurship Minor

Download Checksheet for English Minors

18 semester hours

In partnership with the College of Business, the English Department now offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors. The eighteen-hour minor combines English courses in investigative, digital, professional, technical, and grant writing with Business courses in idea creation, feasibility study, and business planning.  The minor emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and entrepreneurial business skills to broaden possibilities for English majors who are interested in starting their own businesses or working for organizations that value an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Business Courses ~ 9 hours
    • MNGT 352 Entrepreneurship Ideation and Innovation, 3 hours
    • MNGT 353 Entrepreneurship Feasibility Analysis, 3 hours
    • MNGT 354 Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 3 hours
  • English Courses ~ 9 hours
    Choose from the following:
    • ENG 316 Critical and Investigative Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 319 Fundamentals of Grant Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age, 3 hours
    • ENG 412 Writing for the Professions, 3 hours
    • ENG 414 Intercultural Technical Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 419 Advanced Grant Writing, 3 hours
    • ENG 498 Internship in English, 3 hours

Download Checksheet for English Minors

English Teaching Minor

27 semester hours

Download Secondary Education Student HandbookNote: Students entering the English teaching program should review the College of Liberal Arts Teacher Licensing Policy and read the Secondary Education Student Handbook. 

  • Shared Core ~ 12 hours
  • Shared Electives ~ 9 hours
  • Directed Electives ~ 6 hours
    • 3 hours in a Rhetoric or Composition theory-related course at the 300 or 400 level:
      • ENG 310 Writing in the Secondary Schools /or/
      • ENG 415 History of Rhetoric /or/
      • ENG 416 Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
    • 3 hours in Shakespeare or another major author at the 300 or 400 level including:
      • ENG 449 Major Author /or/
      • ENG 451 Plays of Shakespeare /or/
      • ENG 453 Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances

English Minor with Literature Emphasis

24 semester hours

  • Shared Core ~ 12 hours
  • Directed Electives ~ 12 hours
    • 3 hours in Theory selected from:
      • ENG 415, History of Rhetoric
      • ENG 448, Literary Criticism and Theory
      • ENG 416, Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
    • 3 hours in World and Multicultural Literature selected from:
    • 3 hours in Shakespeare or another major author including:
    • 3 hours of literature at the 300-400 level

English Minor with Creative Writing Emphasis

24 semester hours

  • Core ~ 15 hours as follows.
    • ENG 205 Introduction to English Studies and Ways of Reading, 3 hours
    • ENG 255 British Literary History, 3 hours  or 
      ENG 265 American Literary History, 3 hours
    • ENG 302 Creative Writing
    • ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing
    • 3 hours 300/400 level literature course
  • Directed Electives ~ 9 hours as follows:
    • 3 hours in Theory, selected from
      • ENG 415 History of Rhetoric
      • ENG 448 Literary Criticism and Theory
      • ENG 416 Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric
    • 3 hours in World and Multicultural Literature, selected from
    • 3 hours in an advanced workshop, selected from:

English Minor with Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis

24 semester hours

  • Core ~ 9 hours as follows:
    • ENG 205 Introduction to English Studies and Ways of Reading, 3 hours
    • ENG 301 Advanced Composition, 3 hours
    • ENG 255 British Literary History, 3 hours or
      ENG 265 American Literary History, 3 hours 
  • Limited Electives ~ 6 hours at the 300 and 400 level
    • 3 hours in Literary Theory, selected from
      • ENG 387 Women’s Literature and Gender Issues: 19th and 20th-Century Theory and Praxis
      • ENG 448 Literary Criticism and Theory
    • 3 hours in Rhetorical Studies, selected from
  • Directed Electives ~ 9 hours at the 300 and 400 level, selected from the following
    • ENG 316 Critical and Investigative Writing
    • ENG 412 Writing for the Professions
    • ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age
    • ENG 491 The Writer at Work.
    • 3 hours if needed to total 9 hours of electives; ENG 302 is excluded

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Writing Concentration Certificates

The Creative Writing Concentration CertificateDownload Checksheet for English Creative Writing Concentration Certificate
  • Required courses ~ 15 hours
    • ENG 302 Creative Writing 3 hrs.
    • ENG 305 Non-Fiction Workshop 3 hrs. or
      ENG 307 Screenwriting Workshop 3 hrs. or
      ENG 335 Playwriting I Workshop 3 hrs.
    • ENG 303 Poetry Workshop 3 hrs. or
      ENG 304 Fiction Workshop 3 hrs.
    • ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing , 3 hrs.
    • ENG 491 The Writer at Work, 3 hrs.
The Writing Concentration CertificateDownload Checksheet for English Writing Concentration Certificate
  • Required courses ~ 15 hours
    • ENG 301 Advanced Composition 3 hrs.
    • ENG 316 Critical and Investigative Writing 3 hrs.
    • ENG 412 Writing for the Professions 3 hrs. or
      ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age 3 hrs.
    • ENG 415 History of Rhetoric 3 hrs. or
      ENG 416 Contemporary Issues in Rhetoric 3 hrs. or
      ENG 417 History of the English Language 3 hrs.
    • ENG 491 The Writer at Work 3 hrs.