Catalog 2012-2013

English

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Foreign Language Requirement

All English majors must complete at least two years of a foreign language at the university level, or the equivalent (see College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language Requirements, Option I).

Courses offered through correspondence, on-line, and independent studies are not accepted to meet the literature requirement.

ENGLISH MAJOR (Emphasis on Literature)
At least 36 and up to 44 semester hours in English (excluding Writing 101) with at least 20 hours upper division, distributed as follows:

  1. ENGL 300: English Studies Seminar
    4 semester hours
    Required for all English majors. Must be taken before (not concurrently with) Senior Capstone (ENGL 451 or 452). Students are recommended to take ENGL 300 in their sophomore or junior year.

  2. Historical Surveys and Topics
    16 semester hours; four from each of Lines 1 to 4 below

    • Line 1 Early
      • ENGL 301:Shakespeare
      • ENGL 351: Medieval Literature
      • ENGL 353: Renaissance Literature
      • ENGL 355: Special Topics in Literature Before 1660
    • Line 2: Middle
      • ENGL 361: British Literature, 1660-1800
      • ENGL 362: British Literature, 1800-1914
      • ENGL 365: Special Topics in Literature Before 1914
      • ENGL 371: American Literature Before 1860
      • ENGL 372: American Literature, 1860-1914
    • Line 3: Late
      • ENGL 363: British Literature, 1914-1945
      • ENGL 364: British Literature, 1945 to the Present
      • ENGL 373: American Literature, 1914-1945
      • ENGL 374: American Literature, 1945 to the Present
      • ENGL 375: Special Topics in Literature, 1914 to the Present
    • Line 4: Literature and Difference
      • ENGL 341: Feminist Approaches to Literature
      • ENGL 342: American Ethnic Literatures
      • ENGL 343: Post-colonial Literature and Theory
      • ENGL 345: Special Topics in Literature and Difference
  3. Electives
    8 to 16 semester hours
    Any English-designed course: literature, writing, or publishing printing arts
  4. Writing
    4 semester hours
    Any writing course from the 200-400 levels
  5. Capstone Senior Seminar
    4 semester hours
    Prerequisite is ENGL 300
    The capstone seminar, generally taken in the senior year, includes a capstone presentation consistent with the general university requirements. Students generally must select from appropriate 400-level course taken in the senior year.
    • ENGL 451: Seminar - Major Authors
    • ENGL 452: Seminar - Theme, Genre

ENGLISH MAJOR (Emphasis on Writing)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
At least 36 and up to 44 semester hours in English (excluding Writing 101) with at least 20 semester hours upper division, distributed as follows:

  1. ENGL 300: English Studies Seminar
    4 semester hours
    Required for all English majors. Must be taken before (not concurrently with) the Senior Capstone (ENGL 425, 427 or 429). Students are recommended to take ENGL 300 in their sophomore or junior year
  2. Genres and Practices
    16 semester hours, taken from 3 out of the 4 lines below, with at least 8 hours upper division

    • Line 1: Creative Nonfiction
      • ENGL 225: Autobiographical Writing
      • ENGL 222, 322: Travel Writing
      • ENGL 325: Personal Essay
      • ENGL 385: Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction
    • Line 2: Poetry and Fiction
      • ENGL 227: Introduction to Poetry and Fiction
      • ENGL 326: Writing for Children
      • ENGL 327: Intermediate Poetry Writing
        (Prerequisite: ENGL 227 or instructor approval)
      • ENGL 329: Intermediate Fiction Writing
        (Prerequisite: ENGL 227 or instructor approval)
    • Line 3: History and Theory
      • ENGL 311: The Book in Society
      • ENGL 328: Theories of Reading and Writing
      • ENGL 387: Topics in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture
      • ENGL 393: The English Language
      • ENGL 399: Critical Theory
    • Line 4: Writing in Specific Contexts
      • ENGL 221: Research and Writing
      • ENGL 312: Publishing Procedures
      • ENGL 323: Writing for Professional and Public Settings
      • ENGL 324: Freelance Writing
  3. Electives
    4 to 12 semester hours
    Any English designated courses: literature, writing, or publishing and printing arts.
  4. Literature
    8 semester hours, with at least 4 hours upper division
    Students are encouraged to take literature courses which contribute to their goals as writers, and which expand their 4;
  5. Capstone Senior Seminar
    4 semester hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 300, plus courses specified below.The Capstone seminar, generally taken in the senior year, includes a capstone presentation consistent with the general university requirements. Students must select from the following courses:
    • ENGL 425: Seminar: Nonfiction Writing
      Prerequisite: A 300-level course from Lines 1, 3 or 4
    • ENGL 427: Seminar: Poetry Writing
      Prerequisite: ENGL 327
    • ENGL 429: Seminar: Fiction Writing
      Prerequisite: ENGL 329

MINORS

Children's Literature and Culture (CHLC)
20 semester hours, including:

CHLC 336, ENGL 235, 334

In addition, two elective courses (8 semester hours selected from the following list):

  • CLAS 350; EDUC 205, 385, 428; ENGL 326*, 335; PSYC 101, 320, 420; SCAN 241.

*Note: ENGL 326 has prerequisites: ENGL 235, ENGL 227, or its equivalent or consent of instructor.

When including at least one substantial project relating to childhood and youth, the following courses may also be used for the minor. Should a student wish to complete one or more of these options as a CHLC elective in a given semester, she/he must receive approval from the course instructor and the CHLC advisor before the end of the semester's drop/add period: ARTD 101 110, 201, 210; COMA 301, 401; ENGL 311/COMA 321; MUSI 101.

Selected internship programs, regularly offered courses taught with a childhood/youth theme, and special topics courses may be included in the minor program with approval of the CHLC advisor and the faculty member teaching the affected course.

Up to 2 courses (8 semester hours) may be counted toward both a Children's Literature and Culture minor and another minor or major.

Literature
20 semester hours (excluding WRIT 101), distributed as follows: 4 semester hours of Shakespeare, 8 semester hours from Historical Surveys and Topics (see Literature Major Requirements), and 8 semester hours of electives.

Writing
20 semester hours (excluding WRIT 101), with at least 12 semester hours in upper division courses, distributed as follows: 12 semester hours in writing, 4 semester hours in literature, and 4 semester hours of electives.

Publishing and Printing Arts
24 semester hours. See separate listing under Publishing and Printing Arts.

PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS

Students preparing to teach English in secondary schools should arrange for an advisor in both English and Education. Please also see the Department of Instructional Development and Leadership section of this catalog.

Secondary Education

Students preparing to teach in junior or senior high school may earn either a Bachelor of Arts in English with Certification from the School of Education and Movement Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a teaching major in English. See course requirements in the Department of Instructional Development and Leadership. The English major with an emphasis in literature and the English major with an emphasis in writing may both be pursued by prospective teachers. Secondary education students must fulfill all requirements for the English major: Option I of the Foreign Language Requirements (2 years of a foreign language at the university level or the equivalent); at least 36 and no more than 44 semester hours in English; and all the specific requirements for the major either in literature or in writing. State certification for teachers also mandates the following requirements, which are an overlay to the major. Courses taken to satisfy the major can also be courses that satisfy the state certification requirements.

  • English literature: one course
  • American literature: one course
  • Comparative literature: one course (ENGL 214, 216, 217, 232, 233, 341, 343, appropriate seminar)
  • Linguistics or structure of language: one course (ENGL 393)
  • Writing/Composition: one course (ENGL 328 is especially recommended)

Prospective teachers may take EDUC 529: Reading and Writing Across the Secondary Curriculum as an elective in the English major.

Elementary Education

Students preparing to teach in elementary schools following the Language Arts curriculum, must take 24 semester hours minimum in English, and are advised to follow the structure of the English major in satisfying state certification requirements. Consult your advisor in the Department of Instructional Development and Leadership.

GRADUATE PROGRAM
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Low Residency): Go to the Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate section of this catalog.