Special Requirements

Any student declaring a major in English must have at least a 2.00 GPA. Before taking major courses the student must have completed the General Education English courses (ENG 101-102 or 103-104, and ENG 201 or 205). However, ENG 201 (or 205) may be taken at the same time as ENG 210 or ENG 250. Freshmen at the end of their first year and transfer students entering the College should report with transcript(s) to the chair of the English Department before registering for courses.

A student declaring an English major has four options in the selection of courses: Option A is for the student interested in English literary studies. Option B is for the student who wishes to be certified to teach at the secondary level. Option C offers an emphasis in creative writing and is for the student who wishes to pursue the craft of writing in the various genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and playwriting. Option D is for the student interested in English linguistic study.

In addition to the required courses for the options, all English majors must 1) take two years of one modern language; 2) pass the department’s Senior Comprehensive Examination; and 3) complete and successfully defend a senior paper to qualify for graduation.

The English major consists of 45 to 54 semester hours of courses beyond the General Education composition and literature requirements. The number of hours is determined by the option the student chooses within the major. All of the required courses and the English electives must be completed with a grade of “C” or above.

The prerequisites for each course are specified in the course descriptions. In special circumstances, and with the approval of the department chair, the course instructor may grant permission for an English major to take a needed course even if a prerequisite has not yet been met. Non-majors who have completed the General Education English requirements and who are interested in an English course may, with the instructor’s permission, enroll without having completed the prerequisites.

The required courses for the four options are listed below. In addition to the required courses, English majors pursuing option A, B, or D must complete 9 hours of electives. Those completing Option C, English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, must complete 18 hours of the required creative writing courses. English majors pursuing Option B must complete 37 hours of Secondary Education requirements as well as one English elective. English electives include any English courses not part of the list of required courses for that student’s major, and SPE 201, 202, and 203. SPE 202 is not to be taken more than twice for major credit without the approval of the English department chair.

The English minor consists of twenty-one (21) credit hours.  The Department has designated the courses for fifteen (15) of those hours and the student will to select the remaining six (6) hours from an approved list of electives.  

The Department will honor students who have begun taking courses towards completing the minor beginning with the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Required Courses for Option A - English/Literary Studies

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
    ENG 210
Research Methods in English
3
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 212
African American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 224
British Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 225
British Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Grammar Seminar
4
   
     
    ENG 330
American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 434
Literary Criticism
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
37 Credit Hours
   
     
 
 
   

Required Courses for Option B - English/Secondary Education

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
    ENG 210
Research Methods in English
3
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 212
African American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 224
British Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 225
British Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Grammar Seminar
4
   
     
    ENG 330
American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 434
Literary Criticism
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
37 Credit Hours
   
     
 
 
   
   

Secondary Education Requirements

     
     
    ENG 214
Educational Psychology
3
   
     
    ENG 217
Introduction to Exceptional Children
3
   
     
    ENG 221
Introduction to Foundations of Education
3
   
     
    EDU 252
Behavioral Management, K-12
3
   
     
    ENG 312
Reading Instruction, K12
3
   
     
    ENG 335
Methods, Materials, Ed. Tech. In Class
3
   
     
    ENG 336
Tests, Measurements & Evaluation
3
   
     
    ENG 424
-
ENG 436
Student Teaching in Elementary School and Seminar
OR
Student Teaching in Secondary School and Seminar
 
15
   
     
       
36 Credit Hours
   
     
Total
73 Credit Hours
   

Required Courses for Option C - English/Creative Writing

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
    ENG 210
Research Methods in English
3
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 212
African American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 224
British Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 225
British Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Grammar Seminar
4
   
     
    ENG 330
American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 434
Literary Criticism
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
37 Credit Hours
   
     
 
 
   
   

English majors with an emphasis in Creative Writing must also take 18 hours of Creative Writing courses, as follows

     
     
    ENG 200 Introduction to Creative Writing
3
   
     
    -
ENG 301
ENG 302
ENG 303
ENG 304
Choose two of the following Forms classes:
Forms of Fiction
Forms of Poetry
Forms of Creative Non-Fiction
Forms of Dramatic Writing
6 hours
   
     
    -
ENG 401
ENG 402
ENG 403
ENG 404
Choose two of the following Advanced Workshops:
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
Advanced Dramatic Writing Workshop
6 hours
   
     
    -
-
ENG 410
ENG 411
ENG 412
ENG 413
Choose one of the following Special Interests (a third Forms class or Advanced Workshop class may count as the Special Interest class):
Novel Writing
Dialogue and Scene
Spoken Word and Performance
Memoir
3 hours
   
     
       
18 Credit Hours
   
     
Total
55 Credit Hours
   

Required Courses for Option D - English/Linguistic Studies

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
    ENG 210
Research Methods in English
3
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 212
African American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 224
British Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 225
British Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Grammar Seminar
4
   
     
    ENG 330
American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 436 General Linguistics
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
37 Credit Hours
   
     
 
 
   

Required Courses for the English Minor:

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
    ENG 210
Research Methods
3
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 224
British Literature I
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 330
American Literature I
3
   
     
   

Students may choose two (2) of the following electives:

   
     
    ENG 212
African American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 311
Special Topics in English*
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature II
3
   
     
    ENG 423
Major American Authors
3
   
     
  *ENG 311: Special Topics in English may be taken twice to fulfill the elective requirement; however, they must be two different course topics (i.e. Intro to Hispanic Literature, Bible as Literature, African Literature, etc.).