Any student, freshman or transfer, declaring a major in English, must have at least a 2.00 GPA. Freshmen at the end of the 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 two options in the selection of courses: Option A is for the student interested in English for graduate school or as a pre professional field. Option B is for the student who wishes to be certified to teach at the secondary level. In addition to the required courses for the options, all English majors must do the following in order to qualify for graduation:

1. Take two years of one modern language (French or Spanish)

2. Pass the department’s Senior Comprehensive Examination

3. Complete a senior paper to qualify for graduation

The English major consists of 33 to 69 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 required courses for all options are ENG 211, ENG 225, ENG 321-322, ENG 331, ENG 434, ENG 435-436, and ENG 440. Electives may be chosen from ENG 212, ENG 311, ENG 319, ENG 347, ENG 423, ENG 433, and ENG 439.

Special Requirements

Any student, freshman or transfer, declaring a major in English, must have at least a 2.00 G.P.A.. Before taking most major courses the student should 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, ENG 222, or ENG 250. Freshmen at the end of the 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 study. 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 a senior paper to qualify for graduation.

The English major consists of 54 to 69 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 in Major Requirements. In addition to the required courses, English majors pursuing Option A, Option B or Option D must complete 18 hours of electives. English majors pursuing Option B must complete 36 hours of Secondary Education requirements as well as one English elective. Those completing Option C, English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, must complete 18 hours of the required Creative Writing courses and one English elective.

English electives include any English courses not part of the required courses for that student’s major, and SPE 201, 202, and 203. SPE 202 is not to be taken more than twice without the approval of the English department chair.

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 Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 222
Practical English Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 225
English Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Advanced Composition
3
   
     
    ENG 322
Advanced Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 342
Shakespeare
3
   
     
    ENG 434
Literacy Criticism
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
36 Credit Hours
   
     
 
 
   

Required Courses for Option B - English/Secondary Education

    Class #
Class Name
Credit Hours
   
     
    ENG 211
African American Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 222
Practical English Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 225
English Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Advanced Composition
3
   
     
    ENG 322
Advanced Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 335
Methods of Teaching English
3
   
     
    ENG 342
Shakespeare
3
   
     
    ENG 434
Literacy Criticism
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
36 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
   
     
    ENG 221
Introduction to Foundations of Education
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
3
-
3
   
     
       
15 Credit Hours
   
     
Total
54 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 Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 222
Introduction to Foundations of Education
3
   
     
    ENG 225
English Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Advanced Composition
3
   
     
    ENG 322
Advanced Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 342
Shakespeare
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
   
     
     
 
36 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
   
     
       
_________
   
     
Total
18 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 Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 222
Practical English Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 225
English Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 250
Phonetics
3
   
     
    ENG 321
Advanced Composition
3
   
     
    ENG 322
Advanced Grammar
3
   
     
    ENG 331
American Literature Survey
3
   
     
    ENG 342
Shakespeare
3
   
     
    ENG 435
The History of the English Language
3
   
     
    ENG 436
General Linguistics
3
   
     
    ENG 440
Senior Seminar I
1
   
     
    ENG 441
Senior Seminar II
2
   
     
     
 
36 Credit Hours