Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours
See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.
|General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)||42|
|Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major|
|Choose 3 credit hours from the following courses if not taken in Area C||3|
|Literature And Humanities|
|World Literature I|
|World Literature II|
|Choose 9 credit hours from the following courses:||9|
|British Literature I|
|British Literature II|
|American Literature I|
|American Literature II|
|Foreign Language - through 2002 1||6-9|
|Major Requirements (3000 level or above)|
|ENGL 3110||Intro To Literary Studies||3|
|ENGL 4630||Senior Seminar 2||3|
|Select the appropriate number of course credit hours from each of the two (2) areas below:||15|
|AREA 1: British and American Literature Historical Periods (9 credit hours)||9|
|A. British Literature pre-1700.||3|
|Early British Literature|
|Literature of the English Renaissance|
|B. British Literature post-1700||3|
|18th Century British Literature|
|19th Century British Literature|
|20th and 21st Century British Literature|
|C. American Literature||3|
|17th and 18th Century American Literature|
|19th Century American Literature|
|20th and 21st Century American Literature|
|AREA 2: Cultural Studies (6 credit hours)||6|
|Popular Culture Theory and Criticism|
|Special Topics in Communication|
|Selected Topics in Literature|
|The Bible as Literature|
|Introduction to the Novel|
|The Art of Film Adaptation of Literature|
|Introduction to Dramatic Literature|
|Introduction to African American Literature|
|Introduction to Poetry|
|Patterns in Film and Literature|
|Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students|
|Literature of the American South|
|Irish Literature to 1850|
|Irish Literature since 1850|
|Irish Women Writers|
|Literature and the Environment|
|Literature by Women|
|Literary Criticism and Theory|
|Literature for Adolescents|
|20th and 21st Century World Fiction|
|Studies in Drama|
|Studies in Fiction|
|Studies in Poetry|
|Studies in African American Literature|
|History of Cinema|
|Art of Film|
|Film Theory and Criticism|
|Women in Film|
|Select any three (3) courses from Area 1 and 2 above.||9|
|Select 15 credit hours of Electives at the 3000-level or above||15|
|Minor - Required (Must be approved by advisor)|
|Select 15 credit hours of Minor||15|
|Total Credit Hours||124|
If additional hours are needed to reach 18 hours (based upon entering Foreign Language proficiency levels), students may choose from a select group of courses approved by the Department Chair.
May be taken only after successfully completing eighteen (18) credit hours of upper division coursework.
- One of the following --ENGL 2100, ENGL 2111, ENGL 2112 – must be taken prior to or concurrent with ENGL 2121, ENGL 2122, ENGL 2131, or ENGL 2132, as well as any 3000-level ENGL course.
- Each upper-division course has one other prerequisite ENGL class, which varies depending on the subject matter. Please see course descriptions or you advisor for the exact prerequisite for each upper-division course.
Other Program Requirements
- Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.
- Majors must acquire from their advisors a copy of “Requirements for the Major in English".
Honors in English
To graduate with Honors in English, a student must:
- be admitted to the University Honors Program;
- successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (HONS 4610) over three semesters;
- successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
- be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.
- Students completing the Honors Requirements in English will count the three credit hours of the Honors Research Seminar (HONS 4610) toward their general electives, which means that they will have a total of 15 hours for other general elective courses rather than 18 hours.
A strong Department of English is central to a liberal arts education because it helps students to become incisive in their critical thinking, effective as communicators, aware of cultural diversity, and skillful as interpreters of the written and spoken word in all areas of life. We are committed to academic excellence, innovative instruction, and collaborative service to the community.
The discipline of English – a traditional core of the humanities – asks the big questions: What does it mean to be human? How do we make meaning in this world? What is the relationship of individuals to society? Today these questions are complicated by topics such as class, race, ethnicity, and gender – all of which are addressed by classes in the Department. From Shakespeare to Postcolonial Studies, the Department of English has something for everyone.
Studying literature provides excellent preparation for professional employment in any area where the close examination of written texts and the ability to communicate well are important. The Department of English takes pride in working with students to connect their immediate studies with their long-term goals.
A student graduating with a B.A. degree in English will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Employ clear and precise prose.
- Recognize and analyze the significance of literary techniques.
- Use literary criticism and theory appropriately.
- Situate and interpret a text in its historical, cultural, or literary context.
- Give a clear and poised presentation directed to an audience conversant with literary concepts.
All English majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor located in the Newton Building, (912) 478-7740.