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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Liberal Arts English Major

Recommended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree, are interested in professional communication in a range of industries and fields from manufacturing to nonprofit administration, or have a potential interest in graduate study in English or professional programs such as law, social work and public administration.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
    • AREA A. 12 credits: Four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. Three 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: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395.
    • AREA B. Three credits in Rhetoric or Linguistics, including English 301, 322, 341, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387 or 452.
    • AREA C. Three credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.
    • AREA D. Three credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
  • Group 1: Cultural Studies, including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
  • Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies, including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
    • Six credits of Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area; may not include 300, 310, 312.
Comment:

Students may create emphases in any of the above areas within the major by choosing their courses carefully with the help of a departmental adviser. Liberal Arts English majors are encouraged to supplement their major with appropriate coursework in other areas, including not only Humanities disciplines, but also Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. 

Secondary Education English Major

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

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:

    • AREA A. 15 credits: Five Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. At least three credits must be from each of the four areas below.
      • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369. English 344 and English 346 may count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.
      • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379 or 380.
      • Group III: Shakespeare, including English 347 or 448.
      • Group IV: Two courses: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395. 
    • AREA B. Three credits in Linguistics: English 301, 341, 383 or 384.
    • AREA C. Three credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.
    • AREA D. Three credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
      • Group 1: Cultural Studies, including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
      • Group 2: Specialized Literary Studies, including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
    • AREA E. Three credits in adolescent literature, including English 223 or Educational Leadership 303.

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