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Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages 

B. McRae Amoss, Chair
Lisa Seamster, Secretary 

The English program of the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages offers courses leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees.
    
Every attempt has been made to state the major and minor requirements as clearly as possible. However, we recommend that every student majoring or minoring in the program maintain close communication with the academic advisor assigned by the department in order to plan a program suited to the student's needs. The faculty of the department are happy to assist each student in this planning and in defining individual career goals and expectations. 

NOTE: The department does not guarantee that all of the courses listed will be offered every year. 

Assessment 

The Department requires student outcomes assessment testing prior to graduation. 

ENGLISH PROGRAM 

Faculty

Rhonda Brock-Servais, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Dennis B. I. Burges, M.A., Lecturer in English
Jená A. Burges, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Don Butler, M.A., Lecturer in English
Craig A. Challender, Ph.D, Professor of English
Martha E. Cook, Ph.D., Professor of English
Carolyn M. Craft, Ph.D., Professor of English
Otis W. Douglas, III, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of English
Kathleen T. Flanagan, Ph.D., Professor of English
Chapman H. Frazier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
Candis A. LaPrade, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
Michael C. Lund, Ph.D., Professor of English
Robert L. Lynch, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Ellery Sedgwick, Ph.D., Professor of English
Derek Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Camilla C. Tinnell, M.S., Instructor of English
Arthur Gordon Van Ness, III, Ph.D., Professor of English
William C. Woods, M.A., Assistant Professor of  English and Journalism 

Journalism and Professional Writing

Faculty

Jená A. Burges, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Craig A. Challender, Ph.D., Professor of English
Otis W. Douglas, III, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of English
Kathleen T. Flanagan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
William C. Woods, M.A., Assistant Professor of English and Journalism
 

The major in English requires a minimum of 33 hours of coursework in the discipline. Graduates from the program enter a variety of careers requiring skill in communication, research, and the analysis or production of texts, including teaching, journalism, law, publishing, technical writing, and business management. The relatively low number of required hours for the major gives students flexibility either to develop their background in writing and literature further or to add expertise in a related field. Faculty advisors will be glad to review options and career paths with students.
    
Majors seeking licensure for teaching secondary English should add to the major requirements ENGL 350, 381, 382, 480, and 483. These courses, as well as the required Education courses, and a 2.50 GPA, both cumulatively and in the major, must be completed before student teaching. Students licensed to teach secondary English can also gain endorsements to teach Economics, Geography, History, Journalism, Political Science, Communication Studies or Theater by adding a minor in those fields. (See “Add-On Endorsements” under Education.)
    
In addition to the English major and licensure, the department offers a minor in English and a minor in Journalism and Professional Writing. The minor in Journalism and Professional Writing requires 18 credit hours of course work as listed below, including a supervised internship.
    
The department offers a five-year plan for English majors who wish to obtain both the B.A. and the M.A. in English. There are two M.A. concentrations, one in literature (30 credit hours) and one in English Education and Writing (36 credit hours). To complete the M.A. in one additional year including summers, careful preparation of the student’s course schedule is important; for assistance, students should consult the English Graduate Program Coordinator. Students will need to take six hours of graduate credit during the final semester of their senior year, or, for students doing an internship or student teaching that semester, during the preceding semester. 

ENGLISH MAJOR, B.A. DEGREE 

A.  General Education Core Requirements. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements 

       The Department requires PHIL 305, 306, 315 or 316, for the satisfaction of Goal 10.

       ENGL 201, World Literature, will satisfy Goal 3 and is required for Secondary Teaching Licensure in English.  

B.   Additional Degree Requirements. 9 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements   

C.   Major Requirements. 33 credits.

ENGL 321 British Literature I/3 credits  
ENGL 322 British Literature II/3 credits  
ENGL 323 British Literature III/3 credits  
ENGL 324  British Literature IV/3 credits
ENGL 331 American Literature to 1865/3 credits  
ENGL 332 American Literature 1865-1920/3 credits  
ENGL 333 American Literature Since 1920/3 credits  

        Four 400-level literature courses including ENGL 461, Literary Criticism:  Senior Seminar/ 12 credits. 

D.   Secondary Teaching Endorsement, grades 6-12. 50-53 credits.

       See professional education requirements: 
Secondary Education Program
Add-On Endorsements

       Additional requirements for English:

ENGL 201 World Literature/3 credits  
ENGL 350  Linguistics/3 credits  
ENGL 381 Literature for Young Adults/3 credits  
ENGL 382  Traditional and Modern Grammar/3 credits  
ENGL 480 The Teaching of English/3 credits
ENGL 483 Writing: Theory and Practice/3 credits  

       For endorsements to teach Journalism, Theatre, Economics, Geography, History or Political Science, see minors in these fields.

E.     General Electives for B.A. in English – 45  

F.   Total Credits Required for B.A. in English - 120

      Total Credits Required for B.A. in English with Secondary Teaching Endorsement – 125   

MINORS 

Minor in English

Choose one of the following:

ENGL 321 British Literature I/3 credits
ENGL 322  British Literature II/3 credits  
ENGL 331 American Literature to 1865/3 credits

Choose one of the following:

ENGL 323 British Literature III/3 credits  
ENGL 324 British Literature IV/3 credits  
ENGL 332 American Literature 1865-1920/3 credits  
ENGL 333 American Literature Since 1920/3 credits  

One 400-level literature course/3 credits              

English electives, 200-level* and above/9 credits         

TOTAL 18 credits

*Note:   ENGL 201, 202, and 203 are designed to fulfill General Education Goal 3. These courses may not be used as English electives for the English minor or to fulfill degree requirements for Humanities courses.  

Minor in Journalism and Professional Writing

ENGL 210 Introduction to Journalism/3 credits  
ENGL 350 Linguistics/3 credits  
ENGL 470  Professional Writing/3 credits  
ENGL 492 Internship/3 credits  

Journalism and Professional Writing electives/6 credits must be selected from the following:

ART 221 Graphic Design I/3 credits  
ENGL 211 Writing Fiction/3 credits
ENGL 212 Writing Poetry/3 credits  
ENGL 213  Writing Non-Fiction/3 credits  
ENGL 214  Technical Writing/3 credits  
ENGL 382  Traditional and Modern English Grammar/3 credits  
TOTAL 18 credits

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