Course Catalog

Department of English Language and Literature

FACULTY

Chair: Professor M. Theado

Professors: F. Bonner, J. Land, J. Hobbs, D. Parker

Associate Professors: C. Davis

Assistant Professors: N. Bottoms, C. Duffus, S. Stuart, S. Hartman

Instructors: J. Buckner, A. Nance, J. Adams

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Department of English Language and Literature is to foster meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge through the study of composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, and linguistics.

 

GOALS

To enable students to:

 

  1. develop intellectually,
  2. think, read, and write independently and critically, and
  3. communicate effectively

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Communicate and compose effectively;
  2. Demonstrate effective processes for reading a wide variety of texts;
  3. Interpret and analyze literature and position texts in their historical and social contexts;
  4. Demonstrate information literacy skills by defining and articulating the need for information, accessing needed information effectively and efficiently, evaluating information and its sources critically, and using information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose;
  5. Demonstrate effective navigation skills in a variety of rhetorical contexts;
  6. Analyze the purposes of language in various contexts and forms: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing;
  7. Demonstrate fluency with digital technologies;
  8. Be well prepared for further study and a variety of professional careers.

In addition to the above, students majoring in English with Teacher Licensure will:

  1. Construct philosophical frameworks and pedagogical practices that acknowledge the complexities of literacy in the twenty-first century;
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge and use of the function, the influence, and the diversity of language;
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to reflective practices and lifelong professional learning.

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The department offers two majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

 

English

English with Teacher Licensure

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

English

Writing

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

ENGLISH (36 HOURS)

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied. No more than nine hours of ENGL 200-level literature survey courses may be counted toward the major. All majors must participate in an exit interview during their last semester of English classes. The optional minor may be selected from any offered by the University. The student must select one of the following two options of emphasis:

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL

Classes required for completing this emphasis are as follows:

ENGL 201, 391, 471, and 491 (7 hours)

A minimum of one course from each of the five literature groups (15 hours)

ENGL electives (at least one American, one British, and one world literature course must be included in the 300/400-level course selections) (14 hours)

 

WRITING

Students choosing this option within the major will select one of three tracks of concentration. In each, the workshop paper should focus on some aspect of the craft of writing.

 

GENERAL WRITING

Classes required for completing this track are as follows:

ENGL 201, 301, 391, 491, 493, and 494 (11 hours)

ENGL 204, JOUR 201, or JOUR 303 (1 hour)

ENGL 203, 303, 305, 306, 309, 409, or COMM 310 (9 hours)

Any ENGL literature electives (15 hours)

 

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Classes required for completing this track are as follows:

ENGL 201, 203, 301, 303, 391, 409, 491, 493, and 494 (20 hours)

ENGL 204, JOUR 201, or JOUR 303 (1 hour)

Any ENGL literature electives (15 hours)

 

CREATIVE WRITING

Classes required for completing this track are as follows:

ENGL 201, 204, 301, 305, 306, 309, 391, 471, 491, and 494 (21 hours)

Any ENGL literature electives (15 hours)

 

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ENGLISH WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (36 HOURS)

The General Education requirements must be satisfied. The workshop paper should focus on an area useful to one enter the teaching profession.

 

Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

ENGL 201, 359, 363, 364, 391, 413, 471, 475, 483, and 491 (25 hours)

One course from the literature groupings: A1, A2, B2, and W1 (251, 252, or 354). (12 hours. One 3-hour General Education literature survey may satisfy group requirement but not count toward hours in the major.)

 

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of EDUC 250, 350, 450; ENGL 481; and PSYC 303. No grade lower than a 2.0 may be counted toward meeting a statemandated competency.

 

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into and remain qualified for the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach. For a candidate planning to student teach during the fall semester, admission into teacher education must occur by the end of the previous fall semester; for a candidate planning to student teach during the spring semester, admission to the program must occur by the end of the previous spring semester. Summer sessions do not count as a semester.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

ENGLISH (15 HOURS)

Any ENGL electives beyond the core requirements. No more than three hours of ENGL 200-level literature survey courses may be utilized.

 

WRITING (15 HOURS)

ENGL 301 and 12 hours selected from the following: ENGL 201, 203, 303, 305, 306, 309, or 409.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete ENGL 101 and 102; HIST 101 and 102; and a foreign language through the Intermediate I level (201).