UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

English


Estella Lauter, Chairperson
Department Office: Radford Hall 218
Department Telephone: 920-424-2205

Code 38 or ENGLISH

I. FACULTY

Basting, Burt, Feldman, Espinosa-Aguilar, Flaherty, Helmers, Herzing, Hill, Johnson, Klemp, Larson, Lauter, Maguire, Moore, Ngaboh-Smart, Nuernberg, Pertillar-Brevard, Rindo, Roberts, Roy, Shaffer, Wallace.

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in English can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

At the time of publication, the majors and minors were still in process of revision. Please contact the department chair or advisor each semester. Courses approved after publication may be added to the student's program through a course modification.

1. GOAL(S)

As part of the University's assessment plan, the department has established the following goals: majors in English will be able to comprehend familiar and unfamiliar texts; compare and contrast texts; write interpretive essays in effective prose; use reading and writing to address a wide variety of topics; articulate a critically informed, carefully reasoned position; find the kinds of information that are relevant to the problems being addressed; write and respond creatively; revise their own work and edit the work of others. Progress toward these goals will be assessed in a portfolio of student work, a senior seminar and an interview.

2. THE MAJOR(S)

The Department offers a choice of 2 majors. These are: 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education.

3. THE MINOR(S)

The Department offers 3 minor(s): 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education; 3) Elementary Education.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) in each course counted toward the English major or minor.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

English

  • 38-281 Introduction to English Studies 3 cr.
  • 38-381 Foundations of Literary Criticism 3 cr.
  • 38-481 Senior Seminar in English Studies 3 cr.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MAJOR

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, government service.

Required Credits: 36 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

AREA A. Four Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. One course must be chosen from each of the four groups.

AREA B. One course in Linguistics or Rhetoric that focuses on persuasive, communicative, social and structural aspects of language, including, 38-301, 38-320, 38-322, 38-341, 38-383, 38-384, 38-385, 38-386, 38-387, or 38-452.

AREA C. One course in creative writing, including 38-204, 38-303, 38-304, 38-305, 38-306, 38-308, 38-329, 38-330, 38-405.

AREA D. One course in cultural studies, including 38-324, 38-326, 38-327, 38-334, 38-335, 38-336, 38-339, 38-350, 38-354, 38-357, 38-366, 38-382, 38-391, 38-482.

Two Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area.

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. English majors with an emphasis in Liberal Arts will want to consider supplementing their major with appropriate studies in Art, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Philosophy and Speech.

2. SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGLISH MAJOR

Recommended for students who are preparing to teach secondary school or who are planning further graduate study in Education.

Required Credits: 36 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Three Core Courses listed above:

AREA A. Five Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. At least one of these courses must be from each of the four areas, below.

AREA B. One course in Linguistics: Modern Grammars, 38-301.

AREA C. One course in creative writing, including 38-204, 38-303, 38-304, 38-305, 38-306, 38-308, 38-329, 38-330, 38-405.

AREA D. One course in cultural studies, including 38-324, 38-326, 38-327, 38-334, 38-335, 38-336, 38-339, 38-350, 38-354, 38-357, 38-366, 38-382, 38-391, 38-482.

AREA E. One course in adolescent literature, including 38-223 or 17-303.

Comment: 38-307 meets the upper level University Composition requirement but does not count toward the credit requirements for the English Major.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR

Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities.

Required Credits: 21 minimum

Required Courses: Students minoring in English may choose one of four options: creative writing, rhetoric, literature, and linguistics. All of these options require a minimum of 21 credits.

Students becoming secondary education teachers who wish to teach English as an additional subject in grades 6-12 must choose the Secondary Education English Minor, which is 27 credits.

CREATIVE WRITING

Rhetoric

LITERATURE

  • 3 credits: 38-281
  • 12 credits: Four literature courses, one in each of four areas of the Liberal Arts Major, above:
A. I. The English Literary Tradition, including 38-340, 38-342, 38-351, 38-353, 38-355, 38-356, 38-362, 38-363, 38-364, or 38-369.

A.II. The American Literary Tradition, including 38-372, 38-373, 38-374, 38-375, 38-377, 38-378, 38-379, 38-380.

A.III. Major Figures, including 38-344, 38-346, 38-347, 38-448.

A.IV. Women's, Ethnic, and/or Post-Colonial Literature, including 38-319, 38-332, 38-345, 38-349, 38-358, 38-370, 38-371. (Appropriate sections of 38-331 and 38-376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.)

LINGUISTICS

2. SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGLISH MINOR

Recommended for students who wish to teach English as an additional subject in grades 6-12.

Required Credits: 27 minimum.

  • 3 credits: 38-281
  • 12 credits: Area A: Four required literature courses.

I. One course in English literature before 1900: Courses numbered 38-340, 38-342, 38-344, 38-346, 38-351, 38-353, 38-355, 38-356, 38-362, 38-363, 38-364, or 38-369.

II. One course in American literature: (Courses numbered 38-372, 38-373, 38-374, 38-375, 38-377, 38-378, 38-379, 38-380).

III. One course in Shakespeare, 38-347, or 38-448.

IV. One course in literature by women, American ethnic and/or post-colonial writers:(Courses numbered 38-319, 38-332, 38-345, 38-349, 38-358, 38-370, 38-371).

Comment: English 38-307 meets the University Composition Requirement but does not count toward the credit requirements for the English Minor.

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Last Updated July 1, 1999