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Degrees in English

Bachelor of Arts in English

Major Requirements (36 credit hrs) 

Core Courses for all English Majors (21 credit hrs)
ENGL 2303 Critical Reading and Writing
One 2000-level survey of British Literature 
One 2000-level of American Literature
ENGL 3203 Advanced Grammar and Usage or ENGL 4213 Studies in Linguistics
ENGL 3423 Advanced Composition or an elective Creative Writing course 
One course in English Rhetoric 
ENGL 4762 Senior Seminar (taken Spring of the Junior year) 
ENGL 4761 Senior Project (taken Fall of the Senior Year)

Literature Track (15 credit hrs)

All courses must be different from those taken to fill the core requirements
One additional Survey of American Literature
One additional Survey of British Literature 
One 3000- or 4000-level literature course with a focus on diversity 
Two 3000- or 4000-level courses in any two of the following: Studies in Genre, Theory, Major Authors, Movements/Periods

Writing Track (15 credit hrs)

ENGL 2123 Introduction to Creative Writing
+ Four courses selected from the following:
ENGL 2043 Applications of Writing in Tutoring
ENGL 3093 Writing for Editing and Publishing
ENGL 3063 Fiction Writing
ENGL 4123 Fiction: Form and Technique
ENGL 3073 From Script to Screen
ENGL 3123 Writing for Stage and Screen
ENGL 3163 Poetry Writing
ENGL 4223 Poetry: Form and Technique
ENGL 3223 Technical and Business Writing 
ENGL 3323 Digital Textuality
ENGL 3423 Advanced Composition
ENGL 3523 Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 3623 Personal Essay
ENGL 4323 Visual Rhetoric and Information Design
ENGL 4463 Seminar in Rhetoric
ENGL 418x Internship in Writing/Editing
or other approved writing electives

Students may also double major in Education and English and pursue certification to teach English at the middle and high school levels

English/Education Double Major (B.A.)

Complete details on the Secondary Education degree with a specialization in English are available on the Department of Education website. English requirements for this degree are as follows: General Education Requirements Students preparing for teacher certification must take World Literature to fulfill the general education literature requirement.

Competency Requirement English/Education students must demonstrate competency in standard English grammar and usage in one of the following ways:

  • Making a grade of C or higher in Advanced Grammar (ENGL 3203)
  • Passing a designated grammar test at a level of 70% or higher

Required Courses (36 credit hrs) 

ENGL 2303 Critical Reading and Writing  
ENGL 2123 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2403 British Literature, Beowulf to Milton
ENGL 2413 British Literature, Victorian to Modern
ENGL 2713 American Literature, Colonial to Civil War
ENGL 2813 American Literature, Realism to Present
ENGL 3203 Advanced Grammar and Usage
ENGL 3423 Advanced Composition
ENGL 4503 Shakespeare
ENGL Rhetoric elective
ENGL 4663 Literature for Adolescents  
ENGL 4762 Senior Seminar (spring of junior year)  
ENGL 4761 Senior Project (fall of senior year)

English Minor

Course Requirements (18 credit hrs) 

ENGL 2303 Critical Reading and Writing 
Two 3000- or 4000-level courses 
Three electives from English curriculum

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is a terminal degree in creative writing. Students work with faculty mentors to create a manuscript-length work of creative prose in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or another creative genre with approval of the program director. Students also concentrate on academic work in literary criticism and analysis of writing craft. Students can elect to pursue strands in pedagogy or professional writing. Click to learn more »