English B.A.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Choose 3 credit hours from the following courses if not taken in Area C3
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 16-9
Major Requirements (3000 level or above)
Specific Requirements:6
ENGL   3110Intro To Literary Studies3
ENGL   4630Senior Seminar 23
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
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Literature of the English Renaissance
Milton
B. British Literature post-17003
18th Century British Literature
19th Century British Literature
20th and 21st Century British Literature
C. American Literature3
17th and 18th Century American Literature
19th Century American Literature
20th and 21st Century American Literature
AREA 2: Cultural Studies (6 credit hours)6
Pop Culture Theory and Criticism
Selected Topics in Cinema
Selected Topics in Literature
The Bible as Literature
Mythology
Introduction to the Novel
The Art of Film Adaptation of Literature
Introduction to Dramatic Literature
History of Cinema
Documentary Film Studies
Cinema Genres
Introduction to African American Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Patterns in Film and Literature
Popular Literature
Single Author
Internship
Independent Study
Television Theory and Criticism
Film Theory and Criticism
Women in Film
Special Topics
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Postcolonial Literature
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
Children's Literature
20th and 21st Century World Fiction
Studies in Drama
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Poetry
Studies in African American Literature
Major Electives
Select any three (3) courses from Area 1 and 2 above.9
Electives
Select 15 credit hours of Electives 15
Minor - Required (Must be approved by advisor)
Select 15 credit hours of Minor15
Total Credit Hours124

Prerequisite(s) 

  • One of the following --ENGL   2100ENGL   2111ENGL   2112 – must be taken prior to or concurrent with ENGL   2121ENGL   2122ENGL   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.

Program:

 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.

Advisement

All English majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor located in the Newton Building, (912) 478-7740.