Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

English, B.A.


About the English Bachelor’s Program


The program in English requires 120 semester credit hours, including the core curriculum, the major, and a minor. English majors must choose a concentration in literature and language, creative writing, or the certificate program for teaching in the secondary schools. A maximum of 9 advanced hours of transfer credit in English will be accepted for the major.

Literature and Language Concentration


Students majoring in English with a concentration in literature and language study literary works from a wide variety of periods and genres. They learn to think critically and analytically about literature and about language itself. This concentration prepares students for many careers—including teaching, government service, and business—and for graduate and professional study in fields requiring extensive reading and writing, such as law, medicine, and business. ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 ; 6 hours from ENGL 2321 , ENGL 2322 ENGL 2323 , ENGL 2324 , ENGL 2325 , ENGL 2326 ; and 3 hours from ENGL 2307 ENGL 2310 , ENGL 2371 , ENGL 2381 ENGL 2382 , ENGL 2383 ENGL 2388 , ENGL 2391  are required for an English major with a concentration in literature and language. Majors must complete 18 hours at the 3000-level and 9 hours at the 4000-level in the following courses:

  1. 3000-Level
    1. Theory or Linguistics
      Take one of the following: ENGL 3301 , ENGL 3328 , ENGL 3339 , ENGL 3371 , ENGL 3372 , ENGL 3373  
    2. Diversity
      Take one of the following: ENGL 3338 , ENGL 3339 ENGL 3384 , ENGL 3387 , ENGL 3389 , ENGL 3392 , ENGL 3393 , ENGL 3394 , ENGL 3395 
      Note: A course cannot count for both the Diversity and the Theory/Lingustics Categores
    3. Two additional 3000-level courses.
  2. 4000-Level
    1. Three additional 4000-level courses from the following:  ENGL 4300 , ENGL 4301 , ENGL 4311 , ENGL 4312 , ENGL 4313 , ENGL 4314 , ENGL 4315 , ENGL 4321 ENGL 4342 , ENGL 4351 , ENGL 4371 ENGL 4373 , or ENGL 4390   

Communication Literacy (CL) Plan. To accommodate English majors while emphasizing the communication skills they will need to graduate and succeed, the department focuses on developing students’ abilities to articulate and integrate ideas and information specific to three areas. Students will choose one course from each area. Courses that partially fulfill the Communication Literacy requirement for English majors with a language and literacy concentration and their associated areas, are as follows:

Not all courses will be required to fulfill the Communication Literacy requirement. After completing the CL courses, students will be able to articulate and synthesize key components of each area, using writing and other communication strategies.

Creative Writing Concentration


The major in English with a concentration in creative writing is designed for students wishing to write fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry with the guidance of teachers who write. This plan allows maximum concentration in literature courses so that, as they write, students may further understand and appreciate the aspects and techniques of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to the opportunities for writing and literary study, this concentration is especially appropriate for students interested in teaching creative writing and literature at the college level, studying creative writing and literature in graduate school, and preparing for professional graduate schools, such as law and business. Permission to take ENGL 4351  requires submission of a writing sample, the prerequisite of at least one ENGL 3351  (preferably in the same genre), and permission of the instructor.

The creative writing concentration requires ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302  and 9 hours of 2000-level courses, at least 6 hours of which should be drawn from ENGL 2321 , ENGL 2322 , ENGL 2323 , ENGL 2324 , ENGL 2325 , ENGL 2326 , or ENGL 2351 ; and 3 hours from ENGL 2305 , ENGL 2306 , ENGL 2307 , ENGL 2308 , or ENGL 2388 .

Advanced courses include 18 hours at the 3000 level and 9 hours at the 4000 level.

  1. 3000-Level
    1. One early literature period course: ENGL 3302 , ENGL 3303 ENGL 3304 , ENGL 3305 , ENGL 3307 , ENGL 3308 , ENGL 3309 , or ENGL 3311  
    2. One Global or American literature period course: ENGL 3323 , ENGL 3324 , ENGL 3325 , ENGL 3335 , ENGL 3336 , ENGL 3337 , ENGL 3338 , ENGL 3341 , ENGL 3342 , ENGL 3387 , ENGL 3389 , ENGL 3390 , ENGL 3392 , ENGL 3393 , ENGL 3394 , or ENGL 3395 .
    3. Six hours of ENGL 3351  under two separate genres (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction)
    4. Six hours of other ENGL courses at the 3000 level
  2. 4000-Level
    1. ENGL 4351  
    2. Two additional 4000-level courses from the following: ENGL 4300 , ENGL 4301 , ENGL 4311 , ENGL 4312 , ENGL 4313 , ENGL 4314 , ENGL 4315 , ENGL 4321 ENGL 4342 ENGL 4371 ENGL 4373 , or ENGL 4390   

Communication Literacy (CL) Plan. Effective leaders, workers, and citizens—whether in the arts, government, health care, information services, industry, education, or anything else—must possess the ability to communicate effectively. That is, they must possess communication literacy. To that end, the department offers a concentration in creative writing that will help students: 1.) foster a critical understanding of how communication functions in different contexts, 2.) gain an appreciation of literature’s uniquely transactional nature, and 3.) teach the acquisition of language skills toward adapting messages to situations and audiences, communicating in ways that are ethically and socially responsible in a diverse global society. To complete the concentration in creative writing, students need two sections of ENGL 3351  in different genres and one section of ENGL 4351 .

English Teaching Concentration


Students seeking a provisional certificate with English Language Arts as a teaching field may satisfy the requirement in English through the Bachelor of Arts degree. Certification requirements are determined by the State Board for Education Certification and are subject to change. A grade of C or better in all English courses is required. In addition, the certification program through the College of Education  requires a 2.75 GPA in the teaching field. Before beginning to take advanced courses, students should successfully complete ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302  and 9 hours in 2000-level English (ENGL 2305 , or ENGL 2306 , ENGL 2307 , ENGL 2308 , ENGL 2310 ENGL 2311 ENGL 2321 , ENGL 2322 , ENGL 2323 , ENGL 2324 , ENGL 2325 , ENGL 2326 , ENGL 2351 , ENGL 2371 ENGL 2381 , ENGL 2382 , ENGL 2383 , ENGL 2388 , or ENGL 2391 ).

Advanced courses include 15 hours at the 3000-level, 9 hours at the 3000 or 4000-level, and 3 hours at the 4000-level.

I. 3000-Level

A. One world literature and diversity course: ENGL 3335 , ENGL 3336 , ENGL 3337 , ENGL 3338 , ENGL 3339 , ENGL 3341 , ENGL 3342, ENGL 3382 , ENGL 2383 , ENGL 3384 , ENGL 3386 , ENGL 3387 ENGL 3389 , ENGL 3390 , or ENGL 3391  
B. One British literature before 1700 course: ENGL 3302 , ENGL 3303 ENGL 3304 , ENGL 3305 , or ENGL 3385  
C. One British literature after 1700 course: ENGL 3307 , ENGL 3308 , ENGL 3309 , or ENGL 3311 
D. One American literature course: ENGL 3323 , ENGL 3324 , ENGL 3325 , ENGL 3387 , or ENGL 3390 , ENGL 3392 , ENGL 3393 , ENGL 3394 , ENGL 3395   
E. ENGL 3365  [Note that some courses fulfill more than one category (e.g., ENGL 3387  is both world literature and American literature). However, each category must have its own course to fulfill it.]

II. 3000 or 4000-Level

A. One language course: ENGL 3371 , ENGL 3372 , ENGL 3373 , ENGL 4371 , or ENGL 4373  
B. One composition course: ENGL 3360  or ENGL 4360  
C. One additional 3000 or 4000-level ENGL course

III. 4000-Level

A. One additional 4000-level literature or language course

Students planning to become high school teachers should minor in secondary education, which includes student teaching (EDSE 4000 ). They will be required to take EDSE 4000  for their student teaching experience. The university has implemented a teacher education program that includes one semester of student teaching in the senior year. Students wishing to obtain teacher certification should consult with the department’s undergraduate advisor and see a College of Education  advisor to complete a secondary education minor degree plan.

Communication Literacy (CL) Plan. To accommodate English majors while emphasizing the communication skills they will need to graduate and succeed, the department focuses on developing students’ abilities to articulate and integrate ideas and information specific to three areas. Students will choose one course from each area. Courses that partially fulfill the Communication Literacy requirement for English majors with a language and literacy concentration and their associated areas, are as follows:

Not all courses will be required to fulfill the Communication Literacy requirement. After completing the CL courses, students will be able to articulate and synthesize key components of each area, using writing and other communication strategies.

Sample Four-Year Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 15

Second Year


Fall


  • ENGL 2000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
    (Select a course that also fulfills the Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.)
  • Foreign Language (2000 level) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • POLS 2306 - Texas Politics and Topics 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Life and Physical Sciences 4 Semester Credit Hours *
  • ENGL 2000-level survey (Lit. & Lang.) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • OR

  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 16

Spring


  • ENGL 2000-level survey (Lit. & Lang.) 3 Semester Credit Hours

OR

  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • Foreign Language (2000 level) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Creative Arts 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Life and Physical Sciences 4 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Elective 1 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 14

Third Year


Fall


  • ENGL 3000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • ENGL 3000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


  • ENGL 3000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • ENGL 3000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • ENGL 3000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • ENGL 3000-level (Lit. & Lang.) 3 Semester Credit Hours

OR

  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


  • ENGL 4000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • ENGL 4000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • American History 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 16

Spring


  • ENGL 4000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • ENGL 4000-level 3 Semester Credit Hours

OR

  • Elective (Lit. & Lang.) 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 1 Semester Credit Hours
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 14

Total Hours: 120


For those who wish to pursue teacher certification, the university is implementing a new teacher education program that includes a full year of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year) for students beginning their teacher education program in spring 2013 or later.

Multicultural Requirement


To satisfy the 3-hour multicultural requirement , select from the university’s multicultural list a course that also satisfies either the Creative Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences core requirement.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.