Basic Requirements

  • English majors must complete a minimum of ten upper-division English courses (3000 level or above).
  • Eight of these ten must be at the 4000 level.
  • Seven of the ten major courses must be taken in residence.
  • English majors must show competency in a foreign language through the fourth semester.
  • Students must achieve at least a "C" in all major courses.

 

Course Distribution Requirements

  • 2 classes from Group 1, English and American Literature before 1800 ( Each course must come from a different area of British and American Literature )
  • 1 class from Group 2, British and Postcolonial Literature after 1800
  • 1 class from Group 3, American Literature
  • 1 class from Group 4, Language, Criticism, and Culture
  • 5 Major Electives, chosen from any major group. No more than two electives may be at the 3000 level.

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Courses by Area

Group I: British and American Lit before 1800

1A. EARLY LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH ISLES

4060/6060 - Old English

4210/6210 - Old English Literature

4220/6220 - Beowulf

4222 - Topics in Early Literature of the British Isles

4295/6295 - Topics in Celtic Studies

4296 - Literature of Medieval Wales

 

1B. MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

4197 - Middle Welsh

4225/6225 - The Age of Cathedrals: Literary Culture in the High Middle Ages

4230 - Medieval Literature

4230W - Medieval Literature, writing intensive

4240/6240 - Chaucer

4240W - Chaucer, writing intensive

4270 - Medieval Romance

4290 - Topics in Medieval Literature

  

1C. EARLY MODERN BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE

4300/6300 - Elizabethan Poetry

4300W - Elizabethan Poetry, writing intensive

4320/6320 - Shakespeare I: Selected Works

4320E/6320E - Shakespeare I: Texts and Contexts

4320W - Shakespeare I: Selected Works, writing intensive

4330 - Shakespeare II: Special Topics*

4330E - Shakespeare II: Special Topics

4330W - Shakespeare II: Special Topics, writing intensive*

4331-4331L - Shakespeare on Film (students must sign up for lab along with 4331)

4332 - Shakespeare and Media

4332W - Shakespeare and Media, writing intensive

4340/6340 - Renaissance Drama

4350/6350 - Seventeenth-Century Poetry

4360 - Renaissance Prose

4370 - Milton

4390 - Topics in Renaissance Literature

4390W - Topics in Renaissance Literature, writing intensive

*4330/4330W - Shakespeare II: Special Topics (3 hours) is repeatable for 6 credit hours, but may only be counted once towards the English and American Literature before 1800 requirement

 

1D. RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE

4400/6400 - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Drama

4420/6420 - Early Eighteenth-Century Prose and Poetry

4430 - The Eighteenth-Century English Novel

4440/6440 - The Age of Johnson

4450 - The Global Eighteenth Century

4460 - Women in the Eighteenth Century

4480/6480 - Scottish Literature of the Eighteenth Century

4490 - Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature

4491-4491L - the Eighteenth Century on Film (students must sign up for lab along with 4491)

4700 - People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices

 

Group II: British and Postcolonial Literature After 1800

4500 - Romantic Literature

4501 – Romantic Circles

4505 - Single Author Study: Jane Austen

4510 - Nineteenth-Century British Prose

4520 - Nineteenth-Century British Novel

4520W - Nineteenth-Century British Novel, writing intensive

4525W - Charles Dickens, writing intensive

4530 - Victorian Literature

4540 - Victorian Poetry

4590 - Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4650 - Modern Drama

4660 - Twentieth-Century British Poetry

4670 - Twentieth-Century British Novel

4675 - Twenty-First Century British Fiction

4680 - Modern Irish Literature

4685 - Postcolonial Literature

4690 - Topics in Twentieth-Century British Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4695 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature

4695S - Topics in Postcolonial Literature, service learning

4698 - Single Author Study: James Joyce

 

Group III: American Literature

4620 - African American Poetry

4630 - African American Fiction

4642/6642-4642L/6642L - Films about the American South

4710 - Emancipated Imagination: American Renaissance

4712 - Edgar Allan Poe

4720 - American Realism and Naturalism

4721 - Mark Twain

4723 - Herman Melville

4730 - American Novel to 1900

4740 - Southern Literature

4750 - American Modernism

4760 - Contemporary American Literature

4770 - Twentieth-Century American Poetry

4780 - Twentieth-Century American Novel

4790 - Topics in American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4791 – American Autobiography

4795 - Single Author Study: William Faulkner

4860 - Multicultural Topics in American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4874 – Literature and the Civil War

4880 - Topics in African American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4880E - Topics in African American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4884W - Contemporary African-American Writing

 

Group IV: Language, Criticism, and Culture

4005/6005 - History of the English Language

4010/6010 - American English

4040 - Language Use in African American Community

4050/6050 - Structure of African American English

4060/6060 - Old English

4100/6100 - Lexicography

4110/6110 - English Grammar

4170/6170 - Second Language Acquisition

4180/6180 - ESL Error Analysis

4190 - Topics in English Language

4195/6195 - Celtic Languages

4295/6295 - Topics in Celtic Studies [repeatable once for credit]

4640 - Film as Literature

4800W - Advanced Creative Writing [ NOTE: You may receive up to 12 hours of credit for English 4800, however, only 6 hours can be used toward satisfying English major distribution requirements. The other 6 credit hours will appear in your general electives.]

4810 – Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing

4820 - Literary Theory

4821 – Poetics

4822 – Tests, Sex, and Gender

4825 - Topics in Literary Theory

4826 – Style: Language, Genre, Cognition

4830W - Advanced Studies in Writing [repeatable once for credit]

4831W - Advanced Studies in Writing: The Critical Essay

4832W - Writing for the World Wide Web

4833W - Composition Theory and Pedagogy

4835 - Environmental Literature

4836W/6836W - Writing About Health and Medicine

4837W/6837W - Digital Storytelling

4850W - Rhetoric, Literature, and Textuality

4864 - History and Theory of the Novel

4865 - Studies in the Novel Before 1900

4866 - Studies in the Novel After 1900

4870 - Folklore Studies [repeatable once for credit]

4876 – Fantasy Literature

4885 - Introduction to Humanities Computing

4886 - Text and Corpus Analysis

4888 - Humanities Computing I: Knowledge Representation

4889 - Humanities Computing II: Applied Design

4890 - Topics in Criticism and Culture [repeatable once for credit]

4892/6892 – Literature in the Archives

4895 - Topics Literature and Arts

4896 - Comics and Graphic Narratives

4897 - Science Fiction

4898 – Comics Theory and Practice

4995 - Senior Seminar

 

LING(AFAM)(ENGL) 4050/6050 - Structure of African American English

 

Introductory Courses 

3010 - Introduction to Folklore

3030 - Introduction to English Language

3050 - Introduction to Poetry

3050H - Introduction to Poetry (Honors)*

3055 – Poetry and Popular Song

3100 - Introducton to British Culture

3150 - Generative Syntax

3230 - Development of African American Literature

3300 - Women in Literature

3330 – Literature and Human Rights

3400 - Literature and Evolution

3410 - Literature and Media

3420 - Literature and the Mind

3430 - Literature and Childhood

3440 - Literature and Philosophy

3450 – Literature and War

3500 – Jane Austen’s World

3530 - Introduction to Victorian Studies

3590W - Technical and Professional Communication

3600W - Advanced Composition

3610 - Introduction to Fiction

3610H - Introduction to Fiction (Honors)*

3650 - Introduction to Drama

3650H - Introduction to Drama (Honors)

3800W - Introduction to Creative Writing

3800H - Introduction to Creative Writing (Honors)*

3801 - Intermediate Creative Writing [NOTE: You must have had 3800W to take this course.] *Requires permission of Honors College

3820W - Critical Approaches to Literature

3850S - Writing and Community

3860W - Science Writing for General Audiences

3880S - The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Culture

3892S - Literature in the Library

 

Other English Courses 

4831 - Eportfolio Workshop [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4810 - Literary Magazine Production [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4834/4834E - Electronic Writing Portfolio Workshop [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4840 - Internship in Literary Media [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4841 - Internship in Teaching and Pedagogy [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4842 - Internship in Professional and Technical Communications [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4843 - Internship in Libraries and Museums [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]