2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 25, 2023  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English, B.A.

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The English major is for students who enjoy reading, writing, and thinking about questions reflected on by writers through the ages and around the world. The English major develops competence in the analysis, discussion and criticism of literature.  In addition to the traditional writing and literature track, the major offers three other tracks including Narrative Arts, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Video Literacy.

English majors who wish to teach grades 9-12 complete specific requirements in English. Professional certification is granted after completion of the M.A. in Education: Secondary Teaching and Inquiry. Qualified English majors also may apply in their junior year for admission to the Elementary Education 3/2 Bridge Program, leading to the M.A. in Education.

In addition to preparing students for teaching, the English major has proven to be excellent preparation for law and for other careers that require clear thinking, analytical writing, and creativity.  The track in Narrative Arts includes specific preparation for writing for digital media.

English Majors also have the option of a double major in Communication and English.    See Communication/English B.A.

General Education Requirements:

  • One course in art, music, performance, or aesthetics
  • An additional course in English or a foreign language
  • One course in philosophy
  • One other course in English, art, aesthetics, foreign language, humanities, philosophy or religion
  • One course in American history or government
  • Two courses selected from two of the following disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology
  • One science course
  • One additional course in science or mathematics
  • Two additional courses approved by the adviser and selected from disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences

Requirements for the Major:

A minimum of 39 credit hours, at least 27 of which must be from courses at the 300/400 level, including ENGL 316, ENGL 317, and ENGL 498.  An internship is required as part of the 39-credit hour major. (ENGL 101 and ENGL 104 may not be counted toward the major.)

For the other courses, studies may range widely in the literatures of America, England, the Continent and non-Western cultures. These courses aim to enrich the student’s understanding of various literary, artistic, and historical traditions and their contemporary expressions. Because these courses include discussion and the writing of essays, English majors enhance their skills in communication, critical thinking, research, and analysis. The English faculty strongly recommend that the English major select at least one upper division writing course.

OPTIONAL TRACKS: In their 39 credit hours for the major, English majors have the option of including 9 credits from one of the following interdisciplinary tracks for a secondary concentration in the English major: Narrative Arts, Fantasy & Science Fiction, or Video Literacy.  For example, a student may graduate with a major in English and a concentration in Narrative Arts.

A minor is required for a B.A. in English.

Students must take:

Optional Tracks:

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