Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

English (BA)

The Department offers four concentrations in the BA degree program in English. They are: Literature, Writing, Linguistics, and Dramatic Literature

Major Requirements: 44-48 credits

Literature Concentration (44-48 credits):

A. Three Required Courses (12 credits)

ENL 290Introduction to Literary Studies(RLA)

4

ENL 300British and American Literary Traditions I(RLA)

4

ENL 310World Literature in Contexts(RLA)

4

B. Required Literary Coverage Areas (20 credits)

Students must take one ENL course in each of the following literary coverage areas, and no course may satisfy more than one coverage area.

NOTE: At least one of the courses must be pre-1800.

  1. British literature (including period, movement or major figure).
  2. American literature (including period, movement or major figure)
  3. Literature in translation (including period, movement, or major figure)
  4. Literature written by women, American minorities, or writers in Asia (including the Middle East), Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean (including period, movement, or major figure)
  5. Genre or theme. ENL 323 (Coming of Age Narratives), which falls under this category, is strongly recommended for English majors in the Adolescence Education Sequence.

C. Remaining Courses (12 credits)

These twelve credits may be Linguistics (LING 201/LING 300-level or higher), Literature (ENL), or Writing courses (ENL), or ENL 302. *English majors in the Adolescence Education sequence are required to take ENL 323 and either LING 201 or LING 301.

D. Foreign Language Requirements (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Writing Concentration (44-48 credits):

A. Three Required Courses (12 credits)

ENL 290Introduction to Literary Studies(RLA)

4

ENL 300British and American Literary Traditions I(RLA)

4

ENL 310World Literature in Contexts(RLA)

4

B. Twenty credits in ENL Writing courses. (20 credits)

NOTE: Twelve credits must be taken at the 300- or 400-level.

C. Remaining Courses (12 credits)

These twelve credits may be Linguistics (LING 201/LING 300-Level or higher), Literature (ENL), Dramatic Literature (ENL), or Writing (ENL).*

*English majors in the Adolescence Education sequence are required to take ENL 323 and either LING 201 or LING 301. Students in the Literature, Writing, or Linguistics options planning to complete the Adolescence Education sequence may count the required education courses as electives.

D. Foreign Language Requirements (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Linguistics Concentration (44-48 credits):

A. Three Required Courses (12 credits)

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics(RLA)

4

LING 302Phonetics(RLA)

4

LING 304Syntax I(RLA)

4

B. Five additional Linguistics courses (chosen from LING 201/LING 300 level or higher) (20 credits)

C. Remaining Courses (12 credits)

These twelve credits may be Linguistics (LING 201/LING 300-level or higher), Literature (ENL), Dramatic Literature (ENL), or Writing (ENL).

*English majors in the Adolescence Education sequence are required to take ENL 323 and either LING 201 or LING 301. Students in the Literature, Writing, or Linguistics options planning to complete the Adolescence Education sequence may count the required education courses as electives.

D. Foreign Language Requirement (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Dramatic Literature Concentration (44-48 credits):

A. Three Required Courses (12 credits)

ENL 290Introduction to Literary Studies(RLA)

4

ENL 300British and American Literary Traditions I(RLA)

4

ENL 310World Literature in Contexts(RLA)

4

B. Twelve credits in Dramatic Literature courses. (12 credits)

NOTE: One pre-1800 course is required and one post-1800 course is required

ENL 361The Early Shakespeare(RLA)

4

ENL 362The Later Shakespeare(RLA)

4

ENL 354English Drama to 1800(RLA)

4

ENL 355Modern European Drama(RLA)

4

ENL 356American Drama(RLA)

4

ENL 357World Drama to 1800(RLA)

4

ENL 358World Drama since 1800(RLA)

4

ENL 359Contemporary Drama(RLA)

4

FRN 426Classical French Drama(RLA)

4

SPN 345Spanish Theater(RLA)

4

SPN 425/DRA 425The Golden Age of Spanish Drama(RLA)

4

ENL 272Playwriting I(RLA)

4

ENL 373Craft of Playwriting(RLA)

4

C. Eight credits of Drama Courses (8 credits)

DRA 110Acting I(RNL)

4

DRA 141Theater Production(RNL)

3

DRA 142Theater Production Lab(RNL)

1

DRA 210Acting II(RNL)

4

DRA 213

DRA 217Voice and Diction for Performance Communication(RNL)

4

DRA 221Topics on Production(RNL)

4

DRA 230

DRA 272Performance Histories (Ancient to Early Modern)(RLA)

4

DRA 321Directing(RNL)

4

D. Remaining Courses (12 credits)

These twelve credits may be Linguistics (LING 201/LING 300-level or higher), Literature (ENL), Dramatic Literature (ENL), or Writing (ENL).*

*English majors in the Adolescence Education sequence are required to take ENL 323 and either LING 201 or LING 301. Students in the Literature, Writing, or Linguistics options planning to complete the Adolescence Education sequence may count the required education courses as electives.

E. Foreign Language Requirement (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Electives: 10-34 credits

Total Credits Required: 120

Honors

Graduating English majors may apply for graduation with honors in English. Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and must take an independent study with a full-time faculty member, in order to write an honors-quality paper, which will be submitted to the Honors Committee on the dates described below. 

The paper submitted need not be a new work; it may be a revision or extension of a paper previously submitted in a course. Research papers, critical papers, and original works of prose or poetry are acceptable. Candidates should ask an English Department faculty member of their choosing to supervise the preparation of the paper; papers submitted to the Honors Committee must have the signature of this faculty member on the title page.

Honors projects should demonstrate superior originality, depth, and research, and critical or creative intelligence. Papers must be technically correct and research papers must have accurate MLA citations.

Students planning to apply for graduation with honors in English are strongly urged to begin preparation of their Honors projects before the semester of their graduation. Papers for majors graduating in January must be submitted to the English Department Office (Building 2S, Room 218) by November 20; papers for majors graduating in June or August by April 1st.

Department Policy for Independent Studies:

In order to take an Independent Study, students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits in the major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students may take no more than 8 credits of Independent Studies in the major. Applications for Independent Studies must be completed and submitted to the department chair by 5:00 pm on Friday at the end of the first full week of the semester in which the student is to complete the study. No Independent Studies may be offered during the winter and summer sessions.