English (BA)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 1501

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Course Descriptions
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Majoring in English provides students with well-honed reading, writing, and speaking skills, deep knowledge of the Humanities, and experiences in problem solving, all tremendously valuable in today's global job market. Through close reading and study, English majors explore a variety of classic and contemporary literature and learn to articulate ideas clearly and convincingly.

English majors study a wide variety of literature, read closely and write confidently, become acquainted with the history of multiple literary traditions, and have an opportunity to study such special areas within English studies as language history and linguistics, creative writing, and journalism. All Major Courses must be planned and scheduled in consultation with your Major Advisor.


English BA


Major Discipline Requirements


I. Required Foundation Courses

ENG202 Introduction to Literary Studies 
ENG262 Introduction to Writing, Rhetoric, and Language 
WRIT304 Research and Writing for English Majors 

II. Pre-Twentieth Century Literature (6 credits)

One course from the following in British Literature
ENG318 Shakespeare: The Major Works 
ENG328 Medieval & Renaissance Literature* 
ENG333 Restoration & 18th Century Literature* 
ENG343 The Romantic Period in England* 
ENG344 Victorian Literature* 
One course from the following in American Literature:
ENG350 American Voices and Visions I* 
ENG352 American Voices and Visions II* 
ENG353 19th Century American Literature* 

III. Methodology (3 credits)

ENG311 Critical Studies in English 


Choose A or B
A. Writing, Rhetoric, and Language (3 courses from the following, chosen with advisor, no more than one course at the 200 level)  
ENG265 Advanced Composition 
ENG362 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 
ENG369 Critical Literacy Studies 
ENG384 Writing for Electronic Media 
ENG373 Writing for Business 
ENG270 Introduction to Grammar and Syntax 
ENG371 History of the English Language 
ENG375 English Sociolinguistics 
ENG379 Special Topics in Writing, Rhetoric, and Language 
ENG286 Introduction to Creative Writing 
ENG386 Poetry Workshop 
ENG387 Short Story Workshop 
ENG388 Playwriting Workshop 
ENG389 Creative Nonfiction Workshop 
B. Literature Emphasis (3 courses from the following, chosen with advisor, no more than one course at the 200 level)  
a. One of the following  
ENG209 Understanding Poetry 
ENG211 Foundations of Western Literature 
ENG318 Shakespeare: The Major Works 
ENG356 Studies in a Literary Genre or Movement 
ENG358 Major Authors 
Two additional courses at the 300 level or higher.  

V. ELECTIVES (6 credits)

Any 2 ENG courses at the 200 level or higher  


One course from:  
ENG410 Seminar in English: Special Topics 
ENG430 Seminar in British Literature 
ENG470 Seminar in the English Language 


All majors must take at least one course designated as covering non-American and non-British material  
ENG272 World Englishes 
ENG391 Topics in Global Literatures 
Or another course chosen after consultation with academic advisor.  

VIlI. B.A. with Honors in English (6 additional credits)

ENG492 Honors Research in English 
ENG493 Honors Research in English 

*No course may fulfill more than one requirement for the major ** Must be approved by Department Chair. *** Normally taken during Senior year. Seminar courses fulfill the upper-division Writing Intensive requirement. ****English 200 does not satisfy the Global Writing area of the major.

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