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.
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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

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 206 British Literature 1100-1800 (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 215 American Literature and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 225 Shakespeare (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 250 British Literature 1800 to the Present (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 401 Senior Thesis in English (4 sem. hrs.)

Concentrations

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

Literature

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

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

Six of the following (including at least one course from each of the groups) (18 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN POETRY

ENGL 219 International Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 245 The Maker’s Craft: Form in Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 349 American Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 366 British Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN PROSE

ENGL 204 International Prose (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 302 The American Novel (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 362 The British Novel (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN DRAMA

ENGL 218 International Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 304 American Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 367 British Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
OCS 215 London Theatre (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN THEORY

ENGL 301 Reading Translations (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 380 Writing Literary Criticism (3 sem. hrs.)

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 course from each of the following categories: (15 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN WRITING

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

COURSES IN POETRY

ENGL 219 International Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 245 The Maker’s Craft: Form in Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 349 American Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 366 British Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN PROSE

ENGL 204 International Prose (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 302 The American Novel (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 362 The British Novel (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN DRAMA

ENGL 218 International Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 304 American Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 367 British Drama (3 sem. hrs.)
OCS 215 London Theatre (3 sem. hrs.)

COURSES IN THEORY

ENGL 301 Reading Translations (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 380 Writing Literary Criticism (3 sem. hrs.)

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 206 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 206 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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