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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of English


Ron Mitchelson, Interim Chairperson, 2201 Bate Building

BA in English

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs.) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core (exclusive of freshman composition) - 12 s.h.
    Shakespeare
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    ENGL 4070. Shakespeare: The Histories (3) (F-EY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4080. Shakespeare: The Comedies (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4090. Shakespeare: The Tragedies (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    Historical Survey I: Literature to 1700
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    ENGL 3000. History of British Literature to 1700 (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3600. Classics from Homer to Dante (3) (WI) (F) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    Historical Survey II: Literature after 1700
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    ENGL 3010. History of British Literature, 1700 - 1900 (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3020. History of American Literature to 1900 (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4360. World Literature in English (3) (WI) (S-EY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    Language Study–Creative Writing, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, or Technical and Professional Communication
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    ENGL 2700. Introduction to Language Studies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2710. English Grammar (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2730. Functional Grammar (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2740. Language in the USA (3) (F) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture. (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2830. Writing and Style (3) (WI) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3030. Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3) (WI) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3040. Introduction to Professional Writing (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3700. History of the English Language (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3720. Writing Systems of the World (3) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3730. The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology (3) (F) Formerly ENGL 5501 (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3740. The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics (3) (S) Formerly ENGL 5502 (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3750. Introductory Linguistics (3) (S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3770. Language Universals (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3815. Introduction to Creative Writing (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3830. Introduction to Play Writing (3) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3835. Persuasive Writing (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3840. Introduction to Poetry Writing (3) (F,S,SS) (P : ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3850. Introduction to Fiction Writing (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3860. Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3870. Introduction to Editing and Abstracting (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4730. Language and Society (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 5500. Linguistic and Cultural History of the English Language (3) May not count toward foundations curriculum humanities requirement.
  4. Electives - 24 s.h.
    Choose an additional 18 s.h. of ENGL electives 2000 or above.
    Choose an additional 6 s.h. of ENGL electives 4000 or above, excluding ENGL 4510, 4520, 4550, 4555, 4890, and 4891.
  5. Senior writing portfolio.
  6. Minor and general electives to complete requirements for graduation.

English Minor

Required ENGL courses (exclusive of freshman composition) - 24 s.h.
A minimum of 12 s.h. must be selected from courses numbered above 2899. CLAS 3460 may be counted.
Students interested in minoring in English should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in the department to plan their minor programs.

Certificate in Business and Technical Communication

Students must register with the department and maintain a minimum average of B.
  1. Core - 3 s.h.
    ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
  2. Electives - Minimum of 12 s.h.
    ENGL 2710. English Grammar (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200) or ENGL 2730. Functional Grammar (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3030. Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3) (WI) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3040. Introduction to Professional Writing (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3820. Scientific Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3835. Persuasive Writing (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3860. Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3870. Introduction to Editing and Abstracting (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3885. Writing and Publications Development/Process (3) (WI) (S) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3895. Topics in Technical and Professional Writing (3) (WI) (S) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGL 4890. Practicum: Careers in Writing (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of instructor) or ENGL 4891. Practicum: Careers in Writing (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGL 5860. Advanced Nonfiction Writing (3) (P: ENGL 3860 or consent of instructor)
    With departmental approval, certain other courses may be substituted.

English Honors Program

The Department of English Honors Program provides an opportunity for outstanding English majors to do intensive research in areas of special interest. In order to qualify for the honors program, a student must have a minimum cumulative and major 3.0 GPA. Students participating in the honors program enroll in ENGL 4550 and 4555 in consecutive semesters of their senior year. After extensive reading on a topic of his or her choice and appropriate consultation with an advisor chosen from among the senior faculty members, the student submits a paper on a topic related to his or her reading and takes an oral examination covering the area of the research.

Summer Program in England

The Department of English offers a summer program of study in London, England. Students may earn 6 s.h. credit toward graduation. Interested students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in English.