English

The investigation of texts from British and American literature for their cultural and historical importance, for the manner in which they express literary types and values, and for the ways in which they relate to the lives of those who experience them.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

The study of literature in all its forms enhances a student’s ability to think critically and observe closely. English students practice writing in different forms, including expository, critical, and imaginative. The ability to write clearly and effectively is essential for success in communication with others and in advancing in a field or career. Both literature and writing are a source of lifelong satisfaction which enables students to continue to discover and explore their selves and their place in the world, and thereby lead a richer, fuller, more examined life.

English Major

Professor C. Garrett, Chair
The number of courses required for the major is 15-17 (46-52 semester hours). At least six of these courses (18 semester hours) must be at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

 
All of the following (16 sem. hrs.)

ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 105 British Literature 1100-1800 (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 215 American Literature and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 250 British Literature 1800 to the Present (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 401 Senior Essay in English (4 sem. hrs.)

Concentrations

The student may choose a concentration in literature or in creative writing.

Literature

Students may use only one creative writing course toward the literature concentration. The student must include in her or his course selections at least one course in American literature (A), at least one course in British literature (B), two courses in earlier literature [before 1800] (E), and at least one course in later literature [after 1800] (L).

Seven of the following (at least one course from each of the groups with at least one course at the 200-level and at least five courses at the 300-level) (21 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN POETRY

CREA 272 Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 372 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 245 The Maker’s Craft: Form in Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 319 Renaissance English Poetry (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 337 Topics in British Romantic Poetry (B, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 349 Special Topics in American Poetry (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 366 Special Topics in British Poetry (B, L) (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN PROSE FICTION

CREA 271 Short Story Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 371 Advanced Fiction Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 302 Special Topics in the American Novel (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 362 Development of the British Novel (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 363 Special Topics in the British Novel (B) (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN DRAMA

ENGL 225 Shakespeare (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 304 Special Topics in American Drama (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 367 Special Topics in Earlier British Drama (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
OCS 215 London Theatre (3 sem. hrs.)

CROSS-GENERIC COURSES

CREA 275 Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 202 Studies in Literature and Film (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 214 Women in English Renaissance Literature (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 240 Adolescence and the Media (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 285/385 Topics in English (3-4 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 380 Writing Literary Criticism: Methods and Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 241 Reading Popular Film (3 sem. hrs.)

Three courses from the following related fields (9 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 275 Using Children’s Literature in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 331 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 332 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3 sem. hrs.)
Non-English literature or literary criticism (in translation or in the original language)
History, philosophy, religion, women’s and gender studies, sociology, psychology, visual arts, performing arts

Creative Writing

All of the following (9 sem. hrs.)

CREA 271 Short Story Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 272 Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 275 Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

CREA 371 Advanced Fiction Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 372 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 375 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)

Five of the following, including one course from each group, with at least three at the 300 level. The student must include in the course selection at least one course in American literature (A), one course in British literature (B), one course in earlier literature [before 1800] (E), and one course in later literature (L) (15-17 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN POETRY

ENGL 245 The Maker’s Craft: Form in Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 319 Renaissance English Poetry (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 337 Topics in British Romantic Poetry (B, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 349 Special Topics in American Poetry (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 366 Special Topics in British Poetry (B, L) (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN PROSE FICTION

ENGL 302 Special Topics in the American Novel (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 362 Development of the British Novel (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 363 Special Topics in the British Novel (B) (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN DRAMA

ENGL 213 Survey of Anglophone Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 225 Shakespeare (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 304 Special Topics in American Drama (A, L) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 367 Special Topics in Earlier British Drama (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
OCS 215 London Theatre (3 sem. hrs.)

CROSS-GENERIC COURSES

ENGL 202 Studies in Literature and Film (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 214 Women in English Renaissance Literature (B, E) (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 240 Adolescence and the Media (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 285/385 Topics in English (3-4 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 380 Writing Literary Criticism: Methods and Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 241 Reading Popular Film (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 270 Writing for the Mass Media (3 sem. hrs.)

Three courses from the following related fields (9 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 275 Using Children’s Literature in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 331 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 332 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3 sem. hrs.)
Non-English literature or literary criticism (in translation or in the original language)
History, philosophy, religion, women’s and gender studies, sociology, psychology, visual arts, performing arts

 

Creative Writing Minor

Students majoring in English may not minor in creative writing. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

 
One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 105 British Literature 1100-1800 (3 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

CREA 271 Short Story Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 272 Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 275 Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

CREA 371 Advanced Fiction Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 372 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 375 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)

Two additional literature courses (6 sem. hrs.)

English Minor

Total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18-22 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

 
One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
or ENGL 105 British Literature 1100-1800 (3 sem. hrs.)

Five additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 300-level. One of these courses may be a creative writing course. (15-19 sem. hrs.)

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