English Studies (BA)

Program Requirements

Major Common Core

48 total credits required for this degree. If you select 4 credits in the Foundation Category, you must select 40 credits in the Content Areas Category.

An introduction to literary genres and to the techniques of writing about literature.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 

Major Restricted Electives

FOUNDATION - Choose 4-8 Credits Total in the Foundation Category

Creative Writing and Linguistics - Choose 0 - 8 Credit(s).

An introduction to writing poetry and short prose. This course does not assume previous creative writing experience on the part of the student. ENG 242 is a prerequisite for ENG 340 or 341.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

The English language considered structurally (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and sociolinguistically (geographical and social dialects, gender issues, acquisition of first and second language, standard and nonstandard forms).

Prerequisites: none

Technical Communication - Choose 0 - 4 Credit(s).

Introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, and documentation. Emphasis on use of rhetorical analysis, computer applications, collaborative writing, and usability testing to complete technical communication tasks in the workplace.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-13

Introduction to business communication. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, and documentation typical to a business/industry setting. Emphasis on use of rhetorical analysis, software applications, collaboration, and usability testing to complete business communication tasks. Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-13

CONTENT AREAS - Choose 36-40 Credits Total in the Content Areas Category (Literature Surveys, Content-Area Electives, and General Electives).

Literature Surveys - Choose 8 - 12 Credit(s).

Representative works from British literature encompassing Beowulf through the Eighteenth Century. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

Representative works from British Literature, the Romantic Period to the present. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

A survey of American Literature from its beginnings to the end of the Civil War. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

A survey of American Literature from the end of the Civil War to the present. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W

Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world. Content changes. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Content-Area Electives - Choose 8 - 12 Credit(s).

Study of the technical underpinnings of fiction and nonfiction genres. This course or ENG 341 is a prerequisite for any 300-level creative writing workshop.

Prerequisites: ENG 242W

Study of the technical underpinnings of poetry. This course or ENG 340 is a prerequisite for any 300-level creative writing workshop.

Prerequisites: ENG 242W

Introduction to writing personal essays and literary journalism. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

Introduction to writing short stories. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

Introduction to writing poems. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

The English language considered structurally (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and sociolinguistically (geographical and social dialects, gender issues, acquisition of first and second language, standard and nonstandard forms).

Prerequisites: none

This course introduces students to the role of culture and language in education. Topics of study focus on diverse student populations, particularly language learners, in American schools, providing an understanding that every individual is a member of many communities and is influenced by a host of different cultural markers, such as language, race, ethnicity, regionalism, social class, gender, and other differences.

Prerequisites: none

Practice in writing various types of reports for a variety of purposes and audiences. Includes primary and secondary research methods, and data analysis of information to be used in reports.

Prerequisites: ENG 271W or ENG 272W 

Editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents; managing the production cycle of documents; and discovering and learning computer and software applications for technical editing tasks.

Prerequisites: none

This course serves as an introduction to the conventions and strategies for publishing online documentation and for managing online documentation projects. Topics will include:1. analyzing users and tasks;2. designing and writing documents to be published on-line;3. testing on-line documents; and4. managing on-line documentation projects.

Prerequisites: none

Creating both online and print documentation for products, with emphasis on computer software and hardware documentation for users. Attention also to policies and procedures as written for a range of uses (e.g., employee handbooks, manufacturing processes, usability testing).

Prerequisites: none

The development of English from its origins as a dialect of Proto-Indo-European to its current form, with consideration of its social history as well as its formal development.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language listening and speaking to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language grammar and vocabulary to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts - specifically focusing on content based teaching practices.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theories and classroom practices that have shaped second language teaching and learning. Topics of study focus on prominent second language learning/acquisition theories, individual and sociocultural factors in language learning, technology-based resources that enhance language learning, as well as practical issues and applications of theory in a wide range of instructional contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language reading and writing to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Major Unrestricted Electives

General Electives - Choose 12 - 24 Credit(s). Courses may not be double-counted from other categories

Other Graduation Requirements

Choose 8 credit(s): take one series Language

4-Year Plan

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual 4-Year plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 18 Credits

This course helps students develop a flexible writing process, practice rhetorical awareness, read critically to support their writing, research effectively, represent others ideas in multiple ways, reflect on their writing practices, and polish their work.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1A

World Languages Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 18 Credits

An introduction to literary genres and to the techniques of writing about literature.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 

World Languages Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Second Year

Fall - 17 Credits

An introduction to writing poetry and short prose. This course does not assume previous creative writing experience on the part of the student. ENG 242 is a prerequisite for ENG 340 or 341.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

A survey of American Literature from its beginnings to the end of the Civil War. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 16 Credits

Representative works from British Literature, the Romantic Period to the present. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

Third Year

Fall - 16 Credits

Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world. Content changes. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

Spring - 16 Credits

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

Fourth Year

Fall - 16 Credits

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

Elective Course in Major * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

Spring - 16 Credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits