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The Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy is pleased to announce that starting in August 2021, our students will have new options for the English Major. Current students may choose to stay with their original Bulletin requirements or may choose the 2021/2022 Undergraduate Bulletin to declare a new concentration or switch to the new curriculum. Only incoming first-year students will be required to follow the new curriculum, though anyone can. Talk to your advisor about whether the new curriculum or your current one will be better for you.

Each English major will now choose one of five concentrations:

8-Semester Degree Plans are also available.

Each English major will have the same core requirements, though some concentrations require specific courses.

6 hours of literature survey:

Most students can now choose any two survey courses.

The Secondary Education concentration will still require a full survey.

3 hours of Early Literature:

  • EN 303 Early Shakespeare
  • EN 304 Late Shakespeare
  • EN 334 Greek and Roman
  • EN 355 Bible as Literature
  • EN 375 Women in Medieval Literature
  • EN 444 Earliest English Literature
  • EN 445 Chaucer & Medieval Literature
  • EN 453 Elizabethan & Jacobean Drama
  • EN 455 Early Modern Poetry

Secondary Education students must choose EN 303 Early Shakespeare or EN 304 Late Shakespeare.

3 hours of Diversity courses:

  • EN 260 LGBTQ+ Literature
  • EN 360 African American Literature
  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic Amer. Literatures
  • EN 380 Native American Literature and Religion
  • EN 433 Literature in the Postcolonial World 

Secondary Education students choose one of the following: EN 360 African American Literature, EN 363 Black Women Writers, or EN 370 Ethnic American Literatures.

3 hours of Language or Theory courses:

  • EN 302 History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN 305 Applied Linguistics (new course title)
  • EN 480 Literary Theory

Secondary Education students take EN 302 History and Structure of the English Language and EN 305 Applied Linguistics.

3 hours of Advanced Writing:

  • EN 300 Professional Writing
  • EN 311 Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 312 Creative Writing
  • EN 313 Digital Writing
  • EN 315 Playwriting
  • EN 411 Fiction Writing
  • EN 412 Poetry Writing

In the Creative Writing Concentration EN 312 or a transfer course in creative writing is required, and in the Professional Writing Concentration, EN 300 Professional Writing is required.

Each concentration also requires 9 hours of literature electives and 9 hours of English electives (any English course above EN 102), and EN 499 English Capstone Course. Some concentrations have specific requirements for these electives.

The African American Literature concentration requires that students take EN 360 African-American Literature, and choose six more hours from EN 363 Black Women Writers, EN 370 Ethnic American Literatures, EN 380 Native American Literature and Religion, or EN 433 Literature in the Postcolonial World. The department is planning to add to this list as new courses in African American Literature are proposed. Students also take 9 hours of English Electives.

The Creative Writing Concentration requires 9 hours of literature electives and 9 hours from the following writing classes: EN 311 Nonfiction Writing, EN 313 Digital Writing, EN 315 Playwriting, EN 411 Fiction Writing , EN 412 Poetry Writing, or EN 415 Adv. Writing. Students must also take the 1-hour EN 419 Senior Portfolio.

The Professional Writing Concentration requires 9 hours of literature electives and 9 hours from the following writing classes: EN 312 Creative Writing, EN 313 Digital Writing, EN 317 Technical Writing, EN 311 Nonfiction Writing. Students must also take the 1-hour EN 419 Senior Portfolio.

The Secondary Education program requires: EN 409 Young Adult Literature and EN 410 Methods and Materials in Secondary English. And students must take 6 hours of English, American, or World Literature electives and one other English Elective. In their program, they must have six hours of English, six hours of American, and six hours of World literature classes, which can be from any of the required courses or elective courses. 

Secondary Education students also take the following Professional Education courses to complete the requirements for certification: ED 300 Education as a Profession, ED 302 Art and Science of Teaching, ED 306 Introduction to Exceptional Learners, ED 351 Educational Measurement, ED 360 Educational Psychology, ED 401 Classroom Management, and ED 409 Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12.

Note: the new concentrations require 3 additional hours compared to the major requirements in previous bulletins. However, the number of hours in the Secondary Education program remains the same. All concentrations now require 39 hours in English, including literature surveys, but not including EN 101 or EN 102.

The complete description of these new requirements will be published in the Fall 2021 Undergraduate Bulletin. Below you can find a summary of those requirements from our proposals.

Literature Concentration

African American Literature Concentration

Select any two literature survey courses: 

  • EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature
  • EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature
  • EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature
  • EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature
  • EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature
  • EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

Select one of the following Early Literature courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 303 Early Shakespeare
  • EN 304 Late Shakespeare
  • EN 334 Greek and Roman
  • EN 355 Bible as Literature
  • EN 375 Women in Medieval
  • EN 444 Earliest English Lit
  • EN 445 Chaucer & Medieval
  • EN 453 Eliz. & Jac. Drama
  • EN 455 Early Modern Poetry

Select one of the following Diversity courses: 

  • EN 260 LGBTQ+ Lit
  • EN 360 African-Amer. Lit
  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic Amer. Lits
  • EN 380 Native American
  • EN 433 Lit in Postcolonial World

Select one of the following Language or Theory courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 302 - History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN 305 - Advanced Grammar
  • EN 480 - Literary Theory

Select one advanced writing course: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 300 Professional Writing
  • EN 311 Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 312 Creative Writing
  • EN 313 Digital Writing
  • EN 315 Playwriting
  • EN 317 Technical Writing
  • EN 411 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • EN 412 - Poetry Writing Workshop

Select three English, American, or World Literature electives: (9 Semester Hours) 

Select three additional English electives in literature, writing, language, theory, or TESL: (9 Semester Hours)

EN 499 English Capstone

Note:

Each course may count for only one requirement within the major, but literature surveys may count for both General Education requirements and major requirements. Of all major courses, at least one must be 300- or 400-level literature courses and one additional course must be a 400-level literature course.

Select any two literature survey courses: 

  • EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature
  • EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature
  • EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature
  • EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature
  • EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature
  • EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

Select one of the following Early Literature courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 303 Early Shakespeare
  • EN 304 Late Shakespeare
  • EN 334 Greek and Roman
  • EN 355 Bible as Literature
  • EN 375 Women in Medieval
  • EN 444 Earliest English Lit
  • EN 445 Chaucer & Medieval
  • EN 453 Eliz. & Jac. Drama
  • EN 455 Early Modern Poetry
  • Select one of the following Diversity courses: 
  • EN 260 LGBTQ+ Lit
  • EN 360 African-Amer. Lit
  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic Amer. Lits
  • EN 380 Native American
  • EN 433 Lit in Postcolonial

Select one of the following Language or Theory courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 302 - History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN 305 - Advanced Grammar
  • EN 480 - Literary Theory

Select one advanced writing course: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 300 Professional Writing
  • EN 311 Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 312 Creative Writing
  • EN 313 Digital Writing
  • EN 315 Playwriting
  • EN 317 Technical Writing
  • EN 411 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • EN 412 - Poetry Writing Workshop
  • EN 360 African American Literature

Select two additional courses: (6 hours)

  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic American Literatures
  • EN 380 Native American Literature and Religion
  • EN 433 Literature in Postcolonial World

Select three additional English electives in literature, writing, theory, or TESL: (9 Semester Hours)

EN 499 English Capstone

Note:

Each course may count for only one requirement within the major, but literature surveys may count for both General Education requirements and major requirements. Of all major courses, at least one must be 300- or 400-level literature courses and one additional course must be a 400-level literature course.

Creative Writing Concentration

Professional Writing Concentration

Select any two literature survey courses: 

  • EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature
  • EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature
  • EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature
  • EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature
  • EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature
  • EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

Select one of the following Early Literature courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 303 - Early Shakespeare
  • EN 304 - Late Shakespeare
  • EN 334 Greek and Roman
  • EN 355 Bible as Literature
  • EN 375 Women in Medieval
  • EN 444 Earliest English Lit
  • EN 445 Chaucer & Medieval
  • EN 453 Eliz. & Jac. Drama
  • EN 455 Early Modern Poetry

Select one of the following Diversity courses: (3 credit hours)

  • EN 360 African-Amer. Lit
  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic Amer. Lits
  • EN 380 Native American
  • EN 433 Lit in Postcolonial
  • EN 260 LGBTQ+ Lit

Select one of the following Language or Theory courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 302 - History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN 305 - Advanced Grammar
  • EN 480 - Literary Theory

EN 312 - Creative Writing  or 3 hrs of transfer credit in creative writing

Select three creative writing courses: (9 Semester Hours) At least one of which must be at the 400 level

  • EN 311 Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 313 Digital Writing
  • EN 315 Playwriting
  • EN 317 Technical Writing
  • EN 411 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • EN 412 Poetry Writing Workshop
  • EN 415 Advanced Writing Workshop

Select three English, American, or World Literature electives: (9 Semester Hours) 

EN 419 Senior Portfolio (1 semester hour)

EN 499 English Capstone

Note:

Each course may count for only one requirement within the major, but literature surveys may count for both General Education requirements and major requirements. Of all major courses, at least one must be 300- or 400-level literature courses and one additional course must be a 400-level literature course.

Total English hours exclusive of core composition: 40 Semester Hours

Select any two literature survey courses: (6 

  • EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature
  • EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature
  • EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature
  • EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature
  • EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature
  • EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

Select one of the following Early Literature courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 303 Early Shakespeare
  • EN 304 Late Shakespeare
  • EN 334 Greek and Roman
  • EN 355 Bible as Literature
  • EN 375 Women in Medieval
  • EN 444 Earliest English Lit
  • EN 445 Chaucer & Medieval
  • EN 453 Eliz. & Jac. Drama
  • EN 455 Early Modern Poetry

Select one of the following Diversity courses: (3 credit hours)

  • EN 360 African-Amer. Lit
  • EN 363 Black Women Writers
  • EN 370 Ethnic Amer. Lits
  • EN 380 Native American
  • EN 433 Lit in Postcolonial
  • EN 260 LGBTQ+ Lit

Select one of the following Language or Theory courses: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 302 History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN 305 Applied Linguistics
  • EN 480 Literary Theory

EN 300  Professional Writing

Select three creative writing courses: (9 Semester Hours) At least one of which must be at the 400 level

  • EN 311 Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 312 Creative Writing
  • EN 313 Digital Writing
  • EN 317 Technical Writing

Select three English, American, or World Literature electives: (9 Semester Hours) 

EN 419 Senior Portfolio (1 semester hour)

EN 499 English Capstone

Note:

Each course may count for only one requirement within the major, but literature surveys may count for both General Education requirements and major requirements. Of all major courses, at least one must be 300- or 400-level literature courses and one additional course must be a 400-level literature course.

Total English hours exclusive of core composition: 40 Semester Hours

English, Secondary Education Certification

Major Courses:

EN 302 - History and Structure of the English Language

  • EN 303 - Early Shakespeare
  • or
  • EN 304 - Late Shakespeare

EN 305 - Applied Linguistics

  • EN 360 - African-American Literature
  • EN 363 - Black Women Writers
  • or
  • EN 370 - Ethnic American Literatures

EN 409 - Young Adult Literature

EN 410 - Methods & Materials in Secondary English

EN 499 - English Capstone Course

Select one full literature survey sequence: (6 Semester Hours)

  • EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature
  • EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature

or

  • EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature
  • EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature

or

  • EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature
  • EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

Select one writing course: (3 Semester Hours)

  • EN 311 - Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 312 - Creative Writing
  • EN 313 - Digital Writing
  • EN 315 - Playwriting
  • EN 317 - Technical Writing
  • EN 411 - Fiction Writing Workshop
  • EN 412 - Poetry Writing Workshop

Select two English, American, or World Literature Electives: (6 Semester Hours)

Select one other English Elective: (3 Semester Hours) Which can be literature, writing, theory, or TESL

Note:

In the English Teacher Certification Curriculum, at least six hours must be taken in each of the following areas:  American Literature, English Literature, and World Literature.

Total English hours exclusive of core composition: 39 Semester Hours

Professional Education Requirements, 7-12:

(Minimum grade of C required)

  • ED 300 - Education as a Profession
  • ED 302 - Art and Science of Teaching
  • ED 306 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • ED 351 - Educational Measurement
  • ED 360 - Educational Psychology
  • ED 401 - Classroom Management
  • ED 409 - Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12