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The English major helps students develop their reading, writing, and thinking skills as preparation for their personal, civic, and professional lives.

An English degree is earned through demonstrating proficiency in two components: literature and writing. 

Students study authors, genres, periods, and movements of literature, exploring literature and culture through a range of critical and creative approaches, and study and practice the written conventions and possibilities of creative and professional discourse. Review the plan to graduate

Literature
Along with the traditional genres and periods, students explore new directions in literary studies such as science fiction and the works of West Indian, Canadian, and ethnic American writers.

Writing
Students are prepared for the professional world through business and technical writing courses; they pursue writing as an expressive medium in courses such as expository writing workshops and creative writing.

Education courses required for licensure to teach secondary English are found in the Education Department listings.

English Major (39 credits)

Required:
+ENGL 201 British Literature I
+ENGL 202 British Literature II
ENGL 210 American Literature I
ENGL 211 American Literature II
WI-ENGL 219 Introduction to Literary Studies
WI-ENGL 401 Senior Seminar

Electives:
21 elective English credits (12 credits of which must be at least 300 level)
See Course Descriptions

English Minor (18 credits)


Required:
Two courses from the following:
ENGL 201 British Literature I
ENGL 202 British Literature II
ENGL 210 American Literature I
ENGL 211 American Literature II

Electives:
12 elective credits (6 credits of which must be at least 300 level and one course must be writing intensive (WI) in English or a writing course.)
See Course Descriptions

English minor in ESL (17 credits)

Required Courses:
Choose from the following courses:
ENGL 230 The Structure & Grammar of English
ENGL 313 Linguistics: Language and Learning   
ENGL 380/580 Teaching English as a Second Language
ENGL 381/581 Teaching English as a Second Language: Secondary and Post-Secondary Learners
EDUC 302 Foundations of ESL/Bilingual Education

+=satisfies General Education requirement
WI=writing intensive