English & Creative Writing

Degree Requirements

English

The English major is designed to prepare students for a successful, fulfilling life and career in the 21st century by training them to understand the theoretical implications and historical context of all forms of writing and become expert writers. A graduate from this program will have superb analytic and problem-solving skills, powerful methods to understand cultural context and meaning, and the ability to perform advanced research in any text-based field, such as law, education, government, library science, publishing, editing, marketing and public advocacy.

Learning goals:

  • Critical thinking: originality and appreciation of nuance
  • Interpretation: history, theory and criticism
  • Literacy: reading, intertextuality and cosmopolitanism
  • Style: rhetoric, genre and audience

Requirements for the English major. 48 semester hours with grades of C- or better.

semester hours

4

ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation

 

12

Surveys in Traditions of Literatures: students choose one from each of the following three clusters:

 

 

 

ENGL:230 Studies in Literatures of the British Commonwealth,

Medieval to Renaissance (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:233 Studies in Literatures of the British Commonwealth,

Jacobean to Augustan (Early Period)

 

 

 

 

ENGL:220 Studies in Literatures of the Americas, Colonial to 1865 (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:235 Studies in Literatures of the British Commonwealth, Romantic to Modernist

 

 

 

 

ENGL:225 Studies in Literatures of the Americas, 1865 to Present

 

 

ENGL:245 Studies in Comparative Literatures of the Americas (Multicultural)

 

 

 

4

Surveys in Forms of Writing

 

 

ENGL:265 Novel

 

 

ENGL:265 Poetry

 

 

ENGL:265 Drama

 

 

ENGL:265 Memoir

 

 

ENGL:265 Popular Writing

 

 

ENGL:265 Short Story

 

 

ENGL:265 Epic

4

Practice of Writing chosen from the following courses:

 

 

ENGL:295 Academic Writing in English Studies

 

 

ENGL:298 Book Reviewing

 

 

Any WRIT:240 Introduction to Genre Writing

 

 

Any WRIT:250 Introduction to Creative Writing (cannot be taken first semester of first year)

20

Advanced Studies and Themes (restricted to third semester standing) chosen from:

 

 

ENGL:300 History of the English Language (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:305 Themes in Early British Literature (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:315 Themes in Early Modern British Literature (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:325 Themes in Modern British Literature

 

 

ENGL:335 Themes in Early American Literature (Early Period)

 

 

ENGL:345 Themes in Modern American Literature

 

 

ENGL:350 Studies in Major Authors

 

 

ENGL:355 Studies in Anglophone Literature (Multicultural)

 

 

ENGL:361 Studies in Literature and Genre

 

 

ENGL:365 Studies in Literature and Gender

 

 

ENGL:381 Advanced Composition: Rhetoric and the Environment

 

 

ENGL:382 Reading/Writing/Teaching Difference

 

 

ENGL:388 Entertainment, Arts, Politics, Ethics

 

 

ENGL:390 Special Themes and Topics

4

ENGL:440 Independent Research: Issues in Literature

 

8 semester hours must be from "Early Period" at the 300 level

 

4 semester hours at either the 200 or 300 level must be from multicultural or non-Western literatures.

The English secondary education major is designed to prepare students to teach English in grades 7-12 and be successful on standard exams required of teaching candidates. This major is offered by the Department of English and Creative Writing in conjunction with the Department of Education. It is designed to be a program leading to teacher certification, and students formally apply to the teacher education program by February of their sophomore year or as soon after that as possible. At the time of application, the candidate must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 English GPA.

Requirements for the English-Secondary Education Major. 48 semester hours with grades of C- or better

Required courses are the same as for the English major, but English-secondary education majors are encouraged to take ENGL:350 Major Authors, Shakespeare to fulfill their credit hours in Advanced Studies and Themes. Students must also complete the required education courses for secondary education certification as listed in the education section.

Creative Writing

The creative writing major emphasizes literature and writing courses that will be most valuable in preparing students not only for careers in writing, but also for related careers in law, education, publishing and editing. Courses are organized to offer breadth and depth, practical skills, and intensive independent writing, presentation and production experiences.

Requirements for the Creative Writing Major. 44–50 semester hours with grades of C- or better.

semester hours

 

12

WRIT:250 courses chosen from Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

 

4-8

WRIT:350 courses chosen from Intermediate Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

4

WRIT:450 Fiction (short story, novella or novel) or WRIT:450 Creative Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay or literary journalism) or WRIT:450 Poetry (the narrative, the lyric, the sequence, traditional forms or the prose poem)

 

2

WRIT:550 Senior Writing Portfolio

 

2-4

WRIT:520 Practicum or WRIT:540 Internship

 

4

ENGL:265 Forms of Writing

 

 

ENGL:265: Novel

 

 

ENGL:265: Poetry

 

 

ENGL:265: Drama

 

 

ENGL:265: Memoir

 

 

ENGL:265: Popular Writing

 

 

ENGL:265: Short Story

 

 

ENGL:265: Epic

 

4

ENGL:269 English Grammar and the Writing Process

 

4

ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation

 

8

ENGL 200 or 300 level courses above 205 level, other than ENGL:269 and ENGL:290

The creative writing secondary education major emphasizes literature and creative writing courses that will be most valuable in preparing students for a career in teaching. Courses are organized to develop not only the writing skills of the student, but also to enhance the ability to teach creative writing and literature. Courses in literature are chosen specifically to enable students to master the core of literature needed to both succeed on standardized examinations required of teaching candidates and to be familiar with secondary school curricula.

This major is offered by the Department of English and Creative Writing in conjunction with the Department of Education. It is designed to be a program leading to teacher certification, and students formally apply to the teacher education program by February of their sophomore year or as soon after that as possible At the time of application, the candidate must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 English GPA.

Requirements for the Creative Writing Secondary Education Major. 44-50 semester hours in Department of English and Creative Writing courses with grades of C- or better.

semester hours

 

12

WRIT:250 courses, chosen from Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

 

4-8

WRIT:350 courses, chosen from Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

 

4

WRIT:450 Fiction (short story, novella or novel) or WRIT:450 Creative Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay or literary journalism) or WRIT:450 Poetry (the narrative, the lyric, the sequence, traditional forms or the prose poem)

 

4

ENGL:269 English Grammar and the Writing Process

 

4

ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation

 

2

WRIT:550 Senior Writing Portfolio

 

4

ENGL:230, 233 or 235 Survey of British Literature

 

4

ENGL:220, 225 or 245 Survey of American Literature

 

4

ENGL:350 Shakespeare

 

2-4

ENGL:520 Practicum, ENGL:540 Internship or WRIT:590 Independent Writing Project

 

 

Education courses for secondary education as listed in the education section

Note: The Department of Education requires a cumulative grade point of 3.0 overall and in the major.

Major GPA Calculation. For the purposes of calculating the required 2.0 minimum GPA in any of the four majors offered by the department, the English and Creative Writing Department uses all of the major courses with the ENGL and WRIT prefixes.

Minor in English. English minors complete, with grades of C- or better, four semester hours from ENGL:265 Forms of Writing courses, four semester hours from Surveys in Traditions of Literatures courses and 12 semester hours from Advanced Studies and Themes courses. Courses are chosen by the student with the guidance of a departmental adviser.

Minor in Creative Writing. Creative writing minors complete, with grades of C- or better, at least 20 semester hours beyond ENGL:100 and including WRIT:350. The remaining courses are chosen with guidance and approval of the departmental minor adviser from departmental offerings in writing: WRIT:240, WRIT:250, WRIT:270, WRIT:350, WRIT:450 and WRIT:550, all of which, except for WRIT:270 and WRIT:550, may be taken more than once for credit provided that the subtitle and content of the course are changed. COMM:131 Introduction to Journalism also satisfies requirements of the minor. Declaration of a creative writing minor requires submission of a six- to eight-page creative writing sample to the director of creative writing. Select members of the creative writing faculty will review this sample to ensure that students have the ability to succeed in this minor. Note that approval of a creative writing minor does not guarantee a place in workshop classes. The creative writing minor is not open to students pursuing the creative writing major.

Minor in Publishing and Editing. Students earning the minor in publishing and editing must complete five courses (a total of 18 semester hours) with a grade of C- or above. The required courses are ENGL:190 Introduction to Modern Publishing, WRIT:270 Small Press Publishing and Editing, COMM:331 Editing, ENGL:540 Internship, and ENGL:388 Publishing: Entertainment, Art, Politics, Ethics.



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