Program

The English Department offers a major, a major with creative writing emphasis, a minor, and a minor with creative writing emphasis.

I. Major Requirements

English majors take 39 hours, including:

  • 36 hours in English above ENG 112 or 115, and
  • One 3-hour allied course.

Of the 36 hours in English, 12 hours are required of all majors:

  • ENG 211 English Literature Survey I (3 hours)
  • ENG 213 English Literature Survey II (3 hours)
  • ENG 292 Introduction to Literary Analysis (1 hour)
  • ENG 335 Shakespeare (3 hours), and
  • ENG 492 Senior Seminar (2 hours).

The remaining 24 hours of English courses must include one class in each of four distribution areas (12 hours). Students also take 12 hours of electives.

Finally, all majors are expected to pass senior comprehensive examinations. The oral exam covers Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance (including Shakespeare), Restoration and Neo-Classical, Romantic, Victorian, pre-twentieth-century American, and Modern American and British literature. Students should bear these periods and the content associated with them in mind when they choose elective courses in the major.

Distribution Areas

Majors must take at least one class from each distribution area. The four distribution areas are: (1) American Literature, (2) English Literature before 1700, (3) English Literature 1700-1900, and (4) Comparative Literature.

1. Three Hours of American Literature (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 318 American Literature to 1870
  • ENG 320 American Literature from 1870
  • ENG 341 Survey of African-American Literature 1745-Present
  • ENG 410 American Novel
  • ENG 422 Topics in Multiethnic American Literature
  • ENG 430 Southern Novel
  • ENG 470 Topics in American Literature
2. Three Hours of English Literature before 1700 (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 305 Milton
  • ENG 325 Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 405 Chaucer
  • ENG 435 Medieval Literature
  • ENG 475 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
3. Three Hours of English Literature between 1700-1900 (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 309 Neo-Classical Literature
  • ENG 389 Victorian Literature
  • ENG 339 Romantic Literature
  • ENG 419 English Novel
  • ENG 479 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
4. Three Hours of Comparative Literature (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 296 World Literature Survey I
  • ENG 298 World Literature Survey II
  • ENG 314 Epic Poetry
  • ENG 324 Twentieth-Century Fiction
  • ENG 334 Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • ENG 384 Twentieth-Century Drama
  • ENG 428 Topics in Women and Literature

Elective Courses

While generally not required, the following elective courses can count toward students’ 36-hour total of English classes:

  • ENG 302 Media Journalism*
  • ENG 316 Linguistics*
  • ENG 344 Magazine Editing and Publishing
  • ENG 378 Tutorial Topics (only available to students in the Oxford Program)
  • ENG 391 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 393 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 395 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENG 440 Independent Study
  • ENG 448 Modern British Literature
  • ENG 458 Irish Literature
  • ENG 472 Topics in Writing and Literature
  • ENG 476 Topics in the English Language
  • ENG 478 Special Topics in Literature.

* required of those seeking secondary education certification

Allied Classes

In addition to 36 hours of coursework in English, students must take 3 hours (1 class) in an allied discipline from the list below. This course may not also be counted toward general education requirements.

American Studies
  • AMS 250 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 450 Senior Seminar
Classics
  • CLA 314 Mythology
  • CLA 316 Ancient Drama
  • CLA 370 Topics in Classical Literature
History
  • HIS 323 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIS 335 History of England
  • HIS 337 Modern England
  • HIS 356 Medieval History
Philosophy
  • PHI 201 History of Philosophy I
  • PHI 203 History of Philosophy II
  • PHI 315 Existentialism and Idealism
  • PHI 355 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 412 American Philosophy
Religion
  • REL 245 Religion and Popular Culture
  • REL 325 The Johannine Literature
  • REL 327 The Revelation
  • REL 371 Advanced Topics in New Testament Interpretation
  • REL 373 Advanced Topics in Old Testament Interpretation
Theatre
  • THE 220 Performance of Literature
  • THE 327 Directing
World Languages
  • Any upper-level literature course in a World Language

The Department Chair may at times approve other courses for use as allied classes.

II. Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

To complete a Creative Writing Emphasis within the English major, students take 12 hours of the 36 hours in English in Creative Writing courses, including 6-9 hours in workshop courses (ENG 391, ENG 393, and ENG 395) and 3-6 hours chosen from among ENG 324, ENG 334, ENG 344, or ENG 472. Like other English majors, majors with the Creative Writing Emphasis are expected to pass senior comprehensive exams.

III. Minor in English

Minors take 18 hours (six classes) in the English Department (not counting English 111, 112, and 115).

IV. Minor with Creative Writing Emphasis

Minors with a Creative Writing emphasis take 18 hours in the English Department above 211 or 213, including ENG 344 (3 hours), 6-9 hours in workshop courses, and 6-9 hours in ENG 324, ENG 334, and/or ENG 472.

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