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English Program | English Minor Requirements | Course Descriptions

Areas of Emphasis

Students complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis. Each course, unless it is a repeatable one and is repeated, may only be used to fulfill one requirement.

Literature

Supporting Courses, 12 credits

  • ENG COMP 105    Expository Writing, 3 credits
                                 (waived for students with ACT English score of 32 or higher)
  • ENGLISH 290     Literary Studies, 3 credits

Supporting-level English electives, choose minimum of  6 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 101     Introduction to Film, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 104     Introduction to Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 206     Women in Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 212     Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 214     Introduction to English Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 215     Introduction to English Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 216     Introduction to American Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 217     Introduction to American Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 218    World Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 219    World Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 224     Practicum in Literary Publishing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 24 credits

  • ENGLISH 431     Shakespeare, 3 credits

Upper-level English electives, choose minimum of 21 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 301     Intermediate Creative Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 302     Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 303     Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 304     Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 315     The English Novel: 1700 to the 1850s, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 316     The English Novel: The 1850s to the Present, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 320     Major Drama, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 322     Major Poetry, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 323    Topics in Literary Criticism, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 324     Practicum in Literary Publishing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 331     Major American Prose Fiction, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 333     Literary Themes, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 335     Literary Eras, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 336     American Ethnic Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 338     World Literatures, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 340     History of the English Language, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 344     African American Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 436     Major Author(s), 3 credits

Because course content may vary, some of the above may be repeated for credit. See adviser.

The courses used to fulfill the required  6 credits of supporting-level English electives and the 21 credits of upper-level English electives must be distributed so that the five criteria below are satisfied.

Criterion 1:
Minimum of 3 credits (either upper-level or supporting-level) from any primarily pre-1800 British literature course besides Shakespeare, such as:

  • ENGLISH 214     Introduction to English Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 315     The English Novel: 1700 to the 1850s, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 320     Major Drama: Renaissance Plays, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 335     Literary Eras: 18th Century British Literature, 3 credits

Criterion 2:
Minimum of 3 credits (either upper-level or supporting-level) from any primarily post-1800 British literature course, such as:

  • ENGLISH 215     Introduction to English Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 316     The English Novel: The 1850s to the Present, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 335     Literary Eras: Contemporary British Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 436     Major Author: Virginia Woolf, 3 credits

Criterion 3:
Minimum of 6 credits (either upper-level or supporting-level) from any American literature course, such as:

  • ENGLISH 216     Introduction to American Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 217     Introduction to American Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 322     Major Poetry: American, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 331     Major American Prose Fiction, 3 credits

Criterion 4:
Minimum of 3 credits on the Study of Language, such as:

  • ENGLISH 340     History of the English Language, 3 credits
  • HUM STUD 321    Language and Society, 3 credits
    or
  • Minimum of six credits of college-level, non-English language courses

Criterion 5:
Minimum of 3 credits (either upper-level or supporting-level) from any world literature course such as: 

  • ENGLISH 218     World Literatures I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 219     World Literatures II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 338     World Literatures, 3 credits

Creative Writing

Supporting Courses, 12 credits

  • ENG COMP 105 Expository Writing, 3 credits (waived for students with ACT English score of 32 or higher)
  • ENGLISH 212     Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 290    Literary Studies, 3 credits

And: Minimum of   3 credits of supporting literature courses (see list in Literature emphasis)

Upper-Level Courses, 24 credits

  • ENGLISH 431     Shakespeare, 3 credits

A minimum of 3 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 301   Intermediate Creative Writing, 3 credits (repeatable up to 6 credits)

A minimum of 3 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 302 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop, 3 credits (repeatable up to 6 credits)
  • ENGLISH 303  Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop, 3 credits (repeatable up to 6 credits)
  • ENGLISH 304  Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 credits

A minimum of 3 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 224  Practicum in Literary Publishing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 324  Practicum in Literary Publishing, 3 credits

Upper-level literature courses, choose a minimum of   12 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 315     The English Novel: 1700 to the 1850s, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 316     The English Novel: The 1850s to the Present, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 320     Major Drama, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 322     Major Poetry, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 323     Topics in Literary Criticism, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 331     Major American Prose Fiction, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 333     Literary Themes, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 335     Literary Eras, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 336     American Ethnic Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 338     World Literatures, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 340     History of the English Language, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 344     African American Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 436     Major Author(s), 3 credits

Because course content may vary, some of the above may be repeated for credit.  See adviser.

Note:  If ENGLISH 224 is taken to fulfill an upper-level requirement, an additional 3 credits must be taken from the list above.

English Education

Supporting Courses, 21 credits

  • ENG COMP 105    Expository Writing, 3 credits
                                (or ENGLISH 212 Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits)
  • ENGLISH 214    Introduction to English Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 215    Introduction to English Literature II, 3 credits
                                (or ENGLISH 316 The English Novel: The 1850s to the Present, 3 credits)
  • ENGLISH 216    Introduction to American Literature I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 217    Introduction to American Literature II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 290    Literary Studies, 3 credits
  • HUM STUD 160    Introduction to Language, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 24 credits

  • EDUC 319          Adolescent Literature in Middle and Secondary School Reading, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 336    American Ethnic Literature, 3 credits
                                (or ENGLISH 344 African American Literature, 3 credits)
  • ENGLISH 431    Shakespeare, 3 credits
  • HUM STUD 321 Language and Society, 3 credits

Minimum of 3 credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 218    World Literatures I, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 219    World Literatures II, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 338    World Literatures, 3 credits

Minimum of   9 additional credits from the following:

  • ENGLISH 301    Intermediate Creative Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 302    Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 303    Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 304    Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 315    The English Novel: 1700 to the 1850s, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 316    The English Novel: The 1850s to the Present, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 320    Major Drama, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 322    Major Poetry, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 323    Topics In Literary Criticism, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 324    Practicum in Literary Publishing, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 331    Major American Prose Fiction, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 333    Literary Themes, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 335    Literary Eras, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 336    American Ethnic Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 340    History of the English Language, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 344    African American Literature, 3 credits
  • ENGLISH 436    Major Author(s), 3 credits

Note:  If ENGLISH 218 or ENGLISH 219 is taken to fulfill an upper-level requirement, an additional 3 credits must be taken from the list above.

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