The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in English are as follows:
I. Departmental requirements
A. Thirty-nine (39) hours in the Department of English
B. Lower-division requirements:
At least twelve (12) hours of lower-division courses including:
Three out of four historical survey courses:
||British Literature: Old English to 1800
||British Literature: 1800 to the Present
||American Literature: Colonization to 1900
||American Literature: 1900 to the Present
C. Upper-division requirements:
At least twenty-seven (27) hours of upper-division courses, including:
At least two (2) courses covering literary periods before 1800;
Courses pre-1800 include: 3358, 3359, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3370, 3456, 3457, 4302, 4304, 4401, 4403, 4420, 4421, 4460.
At least two (2) courses covering literary periods after 1800; and
Courses post-1800 include: 3367, 3372, 3375, 3381, 3383, 3427, 3429, 3466, 3471, 3480, 3484, 4322, 4423, 4427.
At least two (2) additional upper-level elective courses, with a maximum of one (1) course in creative writing.
II. University requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 124 credit hours.
A minor in English consists of a minimum of twenty-one (21) credit hours of English, of which at least twelve (12) credit hours must be upper-division.
The Minor in Creative Writing
The minor in Creative Writing consists of a minimum of Twenty-one (21) credit hours from the following list of courses, with a maximum of two (2) courses in literature and with a maximum of two (2) courses in Communication.
ART 2468 Bookbinding
COMM 3340 Media Writing: Magazine Writing
COMM 3340 Media Writing: Scriptwriting
COMM 3340 Media Writing: Digital Journalism
COMM 3343 Print Communication
THTR 3360 Playwriting
THTR 4-92 Special Topics in Performance: Advanced Playwriting
ENGL 3401 Non-Fiction Writing
ENGL 3402 Fiction Writing
ENGL 3403 Poetry Writing
ENGL 3411 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing
ENGL 3412 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 3413 Advanced Poetry Writing
ENGL 3-16 Writing Internship
ENGL 3-17 Experiential Learning in Editing and Publishing
ENGL 3-90 Directed Studies—Junior Level
ENGL 4-90 Directed Studies—Senior Level
ENGL 3427 Contemporary Literature*
ENGL 3435 Rhetorical Analysis*
ENGL 3475 Postmodern Literature*
ENGL 4305 Topics in Creative Writing
ENGL 4423 Studies in American Literature: The American Short Story*
GNED 2340 Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
When departments offer a relevant “special topics” or “variable content” course, the Chair of the English Department may designate such a course as meeting a relevant requirement for the minor. ENGL 4305 may be taken and applied toward the minor more than once as long as the topic of the course varies.
*This course is considered a literature course
The Senior Thesis and Honors Program
The senior thesis may be either a substantial piece of creative writing or an in-depth, original, analytical argument of approximately 40 pages, using primary and secondary research. The 6-hour thesis program (ENGL 4398 and 4399) may be chosen by any student with the consent of an appropriate instructor, and it is required of all students wishing to graduate with departmental Honors.
A student wishing to graduate with Honors in English must do all of the following:
- Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.33.
- Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in English.
- Enroll in ENGL 4398 (in the first semester of the senior year) and 4399 (in the second semester of the senior year) with an appropriate faculty member who has approved the student’s project and has agreed to serve as the student’s thesis adviser.
- Complete ENGL 4398 and 4399 with a grade of “A.”
- Declare his or her intention to be considered for Honors by submitting a written application to the chair of the department, along with a formal recommendation from the thesis adviser.
- Submit a completed draft of the senior thesis to the thesis adviser and to a second faculty reader approved by the departmental Honors committee.
- Submit the completed senior thesis to the departmental Honors committee, along with formal recommendations from the thesis adviser and second reader.
- Make an oral presentation of the senior thesis to the department.
After evaluating the quality of the senior thesis, the Honors committee will decide whether to confer or not to confer departmental Honors.
A full description of the Honors program is available in the English department office.