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Liberal Arts Major Requirements

Recommended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and have a potential interest in graduate study or pre-professional study such as law, social work and government service.

  1. Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  2. Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
  • AREA A. 12 credits: Four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. 3 credits must be chosen from each of the four groups.
    • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365, or 369.
    • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, or 380.
    • Group III: Major Figures, including English 344, 346, 347 or 448.
    • Group IV: Literature by American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394, or 395. (Appropriate sections of English 331 and 376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.)
  • AREA B. 3 credits in Rhetoric/Linguistics, including, English 301, 320, 322, 341, 383, 384 385, 386, 387, or 452.
  • AREA C3 credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, or 405.
  • AREA D. 3 credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
    Group 1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390, or 396.
    Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies; including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
  • 6 credits of Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area; may not include 300, 310, or 312.

Comment:

Majors may create emphases in any of the above areas within the major by choosing their courses carefully with the help of a departmental advisor. Liberal Arts English majors will want to consider supplementing their major with appropriate studies in African American Studies, Art, Communication, Environmental Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Radio/TV/Film, Theatre and Women’s Studies.


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