About the Program
The English major is designed to be extremely flexible. You can focus on literature, linguistics, cultural studies, or work with your academic advisor to develop another plan of study that will achieve your educational goals. In general, this major requires a lot of reading and writing and includes courses in literatures of America and the world; advanced courses in British literature and writers; courses in writing about literature; a language course; and an advanced course in poetry, drama, or fiction.
An English major learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Skills include: Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, grammatical accuracy, editing and rewriting skills, ability to analyze and interpret data, documentation skills, creativity, foreign language ability, ability to present a clear and logical argument, understanding of human motivation.
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3 Year Degrees
A variety of majors in Liberal Arts offer students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years, allowing students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study.
120 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
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Departmental/Program Major Courses (30 credits)
Required Major Courses (6 credits)
Area A - Gateway Course (3 credits)
Area B - Multiethnic Studies (3 credits)
Courses taken for Area B cannot be used in Area E.
Required Courses for Concentration (24 credits)
Area C - Literary Theory and Practice (3 credits)
Area D - Educating English (15 credits)
Courses taken in Area D cannot be used in Area F.
Writing “Selective” (3 credits):
Linguistics “Selective” (3 credits):
Area E - Literary Traditions (6 credits)
At least one of the course must be on the CLA Core (Indicated with an asterisk*)
Professional Requirements for the Teaching Major (35 credits)
Minimum graduation indices for admission to and retention in the teacher education programs are pending. NOTE: Students are expected to maintain a minimum of GPA of 3.0 and earn a grade of C- or above in all professional courses.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)
- ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
- COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication (UCC: Oral Communication)
- Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
- Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
- United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000 or POL 22300 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400 or HIST 38700 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
University Core Requirements
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Students must earn a “C-” or better in each English course.
2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:
American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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