Jul 07, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

English, Literature Track, B.A.


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Program Learning Outcomes


1)  The ability to read texts closely
2)  The ability to write clear and effective prose in accordance with conventions of standard English
3)  The ability to write analytically about texts in accordance with the conventions of textual criticism
4)  An understanding of how criticism as a practice gives rise to questions about how to conduct that practice, questions that are constitutive of the discipline: e.g., questions concerning what we should read, why we should read, and how we should read.
5)  The ability to read texts in relation to history
6)  An understanding of how texts are related to social and cultural categories (e.g., race, ehtnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability), enterprises (e.g., philosophy, science, and politics), and institutions (e.g., of religion, of education)
7)  An understanding of how language as a system and linguistic change over time inform literature as aesthetic object, expressive medium, and social document
8)  The ability to “join the conversation” that is always ongoing among critics and scholars regarding texts, authors, and topics engaging with secondary sources
9)  An in-depth understanding of a single author, a small group of authors, or a narowly-defined topic, theme, or issue

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)


Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 40


Basic Requirements: (16 Credits)


  • Credit(s): 4
  • One English course in the period designated “Early” Credit(s): 4

  • One English course in the period designated “Modern” Credit(s): 4

  • One English course in the period designated “Recent” Credit(s): 4

Electives in English selected under advisement in accordance with the following guidelines: (24 Credits)


  1. ENGL 203 Reader and Text: (subtitle)  is the prerequisite for English courses at the 300 and 400 levels.
  2. Majors must successfully complete at least two English courses at the 300 level.
  3. Majors must successfully complete at least four English courses at the 400 level.
  4. Majors must successfully complete the department self-reflective advising requirement.
  5. At least 7 of the student’s English courses counted in fulfillment of the major must be in literature.

Minimum Competence Requirement


A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all courses submitted in fulfillment of the 40 hour requirement for the English major.

Department Writing Requirement


For the English Major, at least 16 Credits must be at the 400-level. All courses in English emphasize the skills of effective writing. In addition, all 400-level Literature courses teach students how to join the conversation among critics and scholars regarding texts, authors and topics.

Outline/Advising Guide


First Year


Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Second Year


Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Spring (16 Credit Hours)


ENGL 3__ Credit(s): 4
U/ Credit(s): 3
S/ Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3
Foreign Language Credit(s): 3

Third Year


Fall (14 Credit Hours)


ENGL 4__ Credit(s): 4
ENGL 4__ Credit(s): 4
F/ Credit(s): 3
S/ Credit(s): 3

Spring (16 Credit Hours)


ENGL 4__ Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Fourth Year


Fall (14 Credit Hours)


ENGL 4__  Credit(s): 4
Electives Credit(s): 10

Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Electives Credit(s): 3
Electives Credit(s): 12

Total Credit Hours: 120


Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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