Degree Programs: English

 

Bachelor of Arts in English

The major in English provides students with broad knowledge of British and American literary traditions, history of the English language, and culture from the Old English period to the present.  The major in English also encourages students to pursue specialized interests through courses in British, American, European or World literature, poetry, fiction, drama, and other genres, creative writing, literary criticism / theory, ethnic literatures (Appalachian, African American, Asian American), women writers, film, writing and rhetoric, linguistics, and special topics or problems in literature.

The major in English enjoys small classes and direct contact with the faculty.  It prepares students for secondary teaching, graduate studies, and other professional pursuits, including law, medicine, journalism, theology, and business.

 

1. Those who wish to major in English must complete the formal application process.

2. Those majoring in English must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in all courses in the major.

3. Students must complete 12 hours of the same foreign language.

The English literature major is particularly appropriate for students who wish to pursue studies in literature at the graduate level, teach English at the secondary level, attend law school or prepare for theological studies. Combined with other appropriate studies, the major in literature is excellent preparation for the fields of medicine and business.

Students will complete the following course of studies:

Core Requirements Semester

A student will normally take the majority of these courses to satisfy general education requirements: 
ENGL 101-102 or their equivalents: 6 semester hours 
An appropriate introductory literature course or courses: 3 hours 
Foreign Language: 12 total hours, including:

At least 7 hours selected from:

LBS 2020, SPCH 1010, and ENG 3400
(Students seeking licensure to teach must take SPCH 201 and ENGL 340; students not seeking certification may not select ENGL 340 to fulfill general education or major requirements)

Total Core Requirements: 28

Students who major in English must take 42 hours of English courses numbered 3000 or above, including:

Major Core Requirements

English elective numbered 3010 and above

ENG 3270, 3280 Survey of British Literature I and II: 6 hours

Three hours of linguistics courses selected from the following:


ENG 3450 An Introduction to Literary Criticism: 3 hours 
ENG 4910, 4920 Senior Seminar 1&2: 3 hours

Total for Major Core Requirements: 15 hours

Area Requirements

Six hours of American literature from the following:

    ENG 3810 Survey of American Poetry and Prose, I 
    ENG 3820 Survey of American Poetry and Prose, II

Three hours of ethnic literature from the following:

    ENG 3010 Appalachian Prose and Poetry
    ENG 3030 African American Literature
    ENG 3090 Asian American Literature 

Three hours of English literature from the following:

    ENG 4000 Chaucer 
    ENG 4010 Studies in Medieval British Literature

Three hours from the following:

ENG 3690 16th Century British Literature
ENG 3700 17th Century British Literature 
ENG 3710 18th Century British Literature

Three hours from the following:

           ENG 4020 Shakespeare: The Early Plays
           ENG 4030: Shakespeare: The Late Plays

Three hours from the following:

    ENG 3720 19th Century British Literature 
    ENG 3730 The Early British Novel

Three hours from the following:

           ENG 3839 Southern Literature
           ENG 4060 19th Century American Novel

Three hours from the following:

    ENG 4030 Modern and Contemporary Poetry 
    ENG 4040 Modern and Contemporary Prose

 

 

Foreign Language: Second year French, German, Spanish

6

 

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If NOT certifying to teach:

Libr 202

Comm 100

Engl 301 or above

 

1

3

3

 

If certifying to teach:

Libr 202

Comm 100

Educ 340 Young Adult lit.

 

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3

3

 

Major Core Requirements

ENGL 325 English Literature I

ENGL 326 English Literature II

ENGL 395 Literary Criticism

ENGL 491 Senior Seminar I

ENGL 492 Senior Seminar II

 

3

3

3

1

2

 

Area requirements:

1 course from the following:

ENGL 301 Appalachian Literature

ENGL 303 African American Literature

ENGL 308 Southern Literature

ENGL 309 Asian American Literature

 

 

 

3

 

1 course from the following:

ENGL 341 Intro to the Study of the Engl Lang

ENGL 342 History of the English Language

 

3

 

1 course from the following:

ENGL 370 17th Century British Literature

ENGL 371 18th Century British Literature

 

3

 

1 course from the following:

ENGL 372 19th Century British Literature

ENGL 373 The Early British Novel

ENGL 404 Romantic British Poetry

 

3

 

ENGL 381 American Poetry and Prose I

ENGL 382 American Poetry and Prose II

3

3

 

2 courses from the following:

ENG 3830 Southern Literature

ENG 4060 19thy-Century American Novel

 

 

1 course from the following:

ENGL 400 Chaucer

ENGL 401 Studies in Medieval Literature

 

3

 

1 course from the following:

ENG 4070 Modern and Contemporary Poetry

ENG 4080 Modern and Contemporary Fiction

 

3

 

1 course from the following:

ENGL 405 Shakespeare’s Early Plays

ENGL 406 Shakespeare’s Late Plays

 

3

 

1 course numbered ENGL 341 or above

3

 

 

English electives: ENGL 302, Greek-Roman Drama, ENGL 304 Lit/fantastic, ENGL 307 Arthurian Lit, ENGL 310 Readings in Lit, ENGL 311 Women in Lit, ENGL 321 Advanced Comp, ENGL 322-3 Creative Writing, ENGL 343 Teaching Writing

 

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