Requirements for the English Major
- Specific requirements for the English major are listed below. Students should consult with an adviser in English before registration.
- Students must complete, with a grade of C or better, all courses counting toward the major or minors.
- Students must fulfill the University language requirements for the BA degree, first year world language (6-8 credit hours) OR ENG 106 LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND CULTURE (3 c.h.) and WL 100 INTRO TO COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS (3 c.h.) OR ASL 101 BEGINNING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (3 c.h.) and ASL 102 BEGINNING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (3 c.h.). For International students, ENG 101 COMPOSITION I (3 c.h.) and ENG 102 COMPOSITION II (3 c.h.) fulfill the World Language Requirement.
- For teaching endorsement requirements, see the Teacher Education Program section.
The English faculty supports and encourages English majors’ involvement in student organizations and participation in tutoring activities in the community and on campus.
Specific Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English with Creative Writing Emphasis
- Faculty advisers meet individually with each of their students on a regular basis to help plan schedules and discuss educational and career goals. Advisers maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of each student’s progress towards completion of the requirements for the major.
- All English majors will participate in a senior-year seminar in which all of the writing and analytical skills acquired in other English classes will be synthesized. Students in the class will be expected to complete a senior research project.
A total of 46 credits in English beyond ENG 101 Composition I (3 c.h.) and ENG 102 Composition II (3 c.h.) (WL 100 Intro to Comparative Linguistics (3 c.h.) and ENG 106 Language, Thought and Culture (3 c.h.) may be counted, but not double counted for World Language), distributed as follows:
|ENG 161||Careers for English Majors||1|
|or ENG 461||Careers for English Majors|
|ENG 201||Introduction to Literary Study||3|
|ENG 114||Introduction to Creative Writing (to be taken at or near the start of the program)||3|
|ENG 414||Advanced Writing Workshop||3|
|ENG 493||Senior Seminar (to be taken at or near the end of the program)||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Literary Forms & Genres|
|Select at least three courses in Literature in Historical Perspective 1||9|
|Select at least two courses in Major Writers (at least one of which must be in Shakespeare)||6|
|Select at least one course in Literary Theory||3|
|Select at least one course in The English Language and Linguistics 2||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Creative Writing: Poetry|
|Creative Writing: Fiction|
|Creative Writing: Drama|
Selected with the approval of the major adviser, two of which must comprise a sequence of American or British literature at the 200 level (i.e., ENG 210 American Literature I (3 c.h.) and ENG 212 American Literature II (3 c.h.) or ENG 231 Literature of England I (3 c.h.) and ENG 232 Literature of England II (3 c.h.)), while the third must be at the 300 level or above.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the B.A. in English program, students will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of significant traditions, historical and cultural contexts, and current issues in literature and language studies.
- Conduct, analyze, evaluate, and integrate academic research.
- Apply strategies of critical theory.
- Analyze literature and synthesize ideas with clarity, accuracy, and coherence in speech and writing.
- Use a range of English syntactic structures effectively.
- Construct a convincing argument using a range of rhetorical strategies in speech and writing.
Students completing the B.A. in English program and a creative writing emphasis will also:
- Demonstrate a working vocabulary for critical analysis through theoretical venues as well as in-depth study of terminology and form within creative works to develop strong critiquing skills in the workshop environment.
- Produce writing competitive at a publishable level, which reflects an understanding of the creative writing genres, the business of writing, and the drafting and revision process for individual and collections of works.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of the English program is the responsibility of all English Program faculty. The English Program’s annual reports evaluating the program and proposing any needed changes are compiled from the following information:
- A central file of course syllabi with representative assignments is maintained by the department for inspection by the committee and other qualified persons.
- Faculty advisers monitor each student's progress toward completing major requirements listed in the catalog.
- All English majors take a senior-year seminar (ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.)) emphasizing professional standards and synthesizing the writing and analytical skills students have acquired in other English classes. All students in ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) write a senior research paper, one copy of which is submitted to the department chairperson for dissemination for review. In order to pass ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.), students must demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement in meeting the program goals.
- English Program faculty review the papers from ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) on an annual basis and prepare an analysis of what they reveal about the program's success.
- The English Program administers a student-satisfaction questionnaire to all senior English majors each year. Similar questionnaires are sent to recent graduates and representative employers on a periodic basis.
- The English Program faculty consider the English curricula at leading comparable institutions and apprise the department of innovations worthy of consideration.