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Major and emphases

Major in English

A major in English literature for students pursuing the bachelor of arts degree consists of 33 hours in upper-level courses. All majors must include ENGL 3331 and 3332 Major British Writers I and II, either ENGL 3311 History of the English Language or ENGL 3312 Grammatical Analysis of Modern English, a choice of ENGL 3321, 3322, or 3323 American literature I, II, or III, ENGL 3330 Approaches to literature, and 4199 Seminar in Career Perspectives. Up to six hours may be applied to the major from ENGL 4100, 4200, and 4390.

Though not required, students can choose the following emphases.

Creative Writing Emphasis

English majors who wish to emphasize creative writing must take the five courses required for the English major and the following upper-level courses:

  1. Either English 3318 (Fiction Writing I) or 3319 (Poetry Writing I)
  2. Either English 3345 (Form and Theory of Poetry) or 3346 (Form and Theory of Fiction)
  3. Either English 3398 (Fiction Writing II) or 3399 (Poetry Writing II)
  4. One additional upper-level creative writing course: any of the above-listed writing courses, or English 3320 (Screenwriting), or 4301 (Advanced Creative Writing Project)
  5. One upper-level course in twentieth-century literature./li>

English 2336 (Introduction to Creative Writing) is a prerequisite for upper-level creative writing courses.

B.A. in English with a Certification in Secondary Education


Student must be advised by both the English Department and the College of Secondary Education


Required English Courses (27 hours)

  • ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature(3 hours)
  • ENGL 3331 Major British Writers I(3 hours)
  • ENGL 3332 Major British Writers II(3 hours)
  • ENGL 3311 History of the English Language(3 hours)
  • ENGL 3312 Grammatical Analysis of the English Language(3 hours)
  • ENGL 4199 Career perspectives(1 hour)
  • ENGL 4202 Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools(2 hours)
  • ENGL 3360 Selected Topics (when offered as World Literature)(3 hours)
  • One of the following World Literature courses (3 hours):
    • ENGL 3326 African-American Literature I
    • ENGL 3327 African-American Literature II
  • One of the following American Literature courses (3 hours)
    • ENGL 3321 American Literature I
    • ENGL 3322 American Literature II
    • ENGL 3323 American Literature III

Elective English Courses (6 hours)

  • Two additional 3000-4000 level ENGL courses

Additional Competencies (8 hours)

  • RHET 4202 Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools
  • RHET 3317 Introduction to Non-fiction Writing
  • One of the following Adolescent Literature courses:
    • RHET 1312 (when the topic is Writing about Children and Their Literature)
    • RHET 4347 (when the topic is Writing for Children and Families)
    • SCED 4316 Adolescent Literature

Secondary Education Minor Courses

  • Block I (3 hours) - recommended for the junior year.
    • Block I admission requirements: 2.65 GPA, completion of 60 hours, completion of College Math or Algebra (MATH 1302/1315), Composition I and II (RHET 1311 & 1312) and Speech (SpCH 1300) with a C or better
    • SCED 3110 Instructional Skills & Assessment practicum
    • SCED 3210 Instructional Skills & Assessment
    • PRAXIS I Exams
  • Block II (6 hours) - recommended for the first semester of the senior year
    • Block II admission requirements: 2.65 GPA; praxis I Exams (passing scores) - Reading 172 (319 computer score), Writing 174 (320 computer score), Mathematics 172 (317 computer score); Completion of Block I with grade C or above; Interview
    • SCED 4122 Classroom Management
    • SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    • SCED 4124 Adolescent Diversity practicum
    • SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    • PRAXIS II Exams
  • Block III (9 hours) - recommended for the second semester of the senior year

    • SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching and professionalism
    • SCED 4660 Clinical Experience/Student Teaching
Additional Requirements

In order to receive state certification, students must pass state written and performance examinations. Minimum number of hours for graduation is 124, of which 30 must be taken in residence. Reading 0210, RHET 0310, MATH 0300 and 0310 will not count as hours for graduation. GPA in major/minor graduation must be at least 2.0.

Updated 7.10.2009