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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of English


Jeffrey Johnson, Chair, 2201 Bate Building

BA in English

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum.) - 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) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4080. Shakespeare: The Comedies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4090. Shakespeare: The Tragedies (3) (F,S) (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) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3600. Classics from Homer to Dante (3) (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) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3020. History of American Literature to 1900 (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL major, minor, or consent of dept; ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4360. World Literature in English (3) (WI) (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) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2740. Language in the USA (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2830. Writing and Style (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3030. Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3040. Introduction to Professional Writing (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3700. History of the English Language (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3720. Writing Systems of the World (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3730. The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3740. The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3750. Introductory Linguistics (3) (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) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3835. Persuasive Writing (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3840. Introduction to Poetry Writing (3) (F,S) (P : ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3850. Introduction to Fiction Writing (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3860. Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (3) (WI*) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3870. Introduction to Editing and Abstracting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4730. Language and Society (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
  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.
  1. A minimum of 12 s.h. must be selected from courses numbered above 2899.
  2. Students interested in the English minor should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in the department to plan their minor programs.

Film Studies Minor

Amanda Klein, Coordinator, 2147 Bate Building

The minor in film studies provides students with an opportunity to study the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, aesthetics, and production practices of cinema. The courses are designed to help students meet the new challenges they will encounter as citizens and workers in the information age and to learn how to analyze and engage critically with the visual media that has become a fixture of contemporary life. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by teaching students textual analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills.

This interdisciplinary minor asks students to forge connections between the discipline of film studies and other disciplines, including literature, creative writing, rhetoric, music, communications, history, foreign languages, sociology, and political science, among others. Courses in the minor will address cinema within its social, political and cultural contexts including an understanding of how race, ethnicity, gender, religion and class are constructed through the cinematic image. Courses taken towards the minor must come from at least three different prefixes (ART, COMM, ENGL, ETHN, FORL, GERM, MPRD, RELI, RUSS, SOCI, SPAN, or POLS). Courses designated as Special Topics only count toward the minor when taught as film studies. Other appropriate courses may be considered for inclusion as electives change or upon review by the coordinator. For more information go to: http://www.ecu.edu/english/filmstudies/

Minimum requirement for the minor in film studies is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    ENGL 2900. Introduction to Film Studies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: 1000-level writing intensive course or advanced placement or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3920. Film Theory and Criticism (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of the instructor)
    ENGL 4985. Film Studies Capstone (3) (WI) (3 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) (P: ENGL 2900; declared minor in film studies; or consent of instructor)
  2. Cognates - 6 s.h.
    Choose one from each cognate:
    Film History:
    ENGL 3900. American and International Film History, Part I (3) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3901. American and International Film History, Part II (3) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 4910. Survey of Film Styles and Movements (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    MPRD 3660. History of the Moving Image (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Multicultural/Transnational/International Film:
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 hours COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 4920. Contemporary American and International Cinema (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: 6 s.h. of literature or consent of instructor; RP: ENGL 4910)
    GERM 3700. Special Topics (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: GERM 2210 or 2211; or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    RUSS 3230. Russian and Soviet Film (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or consent of instructor)
    SPAN 5445. Hispanic Cinema (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: Consent of chair)
  3. Electives - 9 s.h.
    Note: Courses taken for the core requirement or as cognates may not be repeated as electives.
    ART 3080. Introductory Video Art (3) (P for art majors: ART 1015, 1030; P for communication arts students: ART 2220)
    ART 3081. Intermediate Video Art (3) (P: ART 3080)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (Formerly COMM 4600) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 hours COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4060. Special Problems in Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    ENGL 2900. Introduction to Film Studies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: 1000-level writing intensive course or advanced placement or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3660. Representing Environmental Crisis (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3900. American and International Film History, Part I (3) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3901. American and International Film History, Part II (3) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 4910. Survey of Film Styles and Movements (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 4920. Contemporary American and International Cinema (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: 6 s.h. of literature or consent of instructor; RP: ENGL 4910)
    ENGL 4930. Film: The Writer’s Perspective (3)
    ENGL 4980. Topics in Film Aesthetics (3) (May be repeated with change of topic for maximum 6 s.h.) (P: ENGL 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 5350. Special Studies in Film (3)
    ETHN 3501. Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: Humanities (3) (F) (FC:HU) (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic)
    FORL 2760. Special Topics in Hispanic Studies (3) (FC:HU) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (May not count toward foreign language requirement)
    GERM 3700. Special Topics (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic.) (P: GERM 2210 or 2211; or consent of instructor)
    MPRD 2250. Classic Documentaries, 1900-2000 (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    MPRD 2260. Image Theory and Aesthetics (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    MPRD 3235. Advanced Writing for Media (3) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002; COMM 2210)
    MPRD 3660. History of the Moving Image (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    RELI 2400. Religion and Film (3) (FC:HU)
    RUSS 3230. Russian and Soviet Film (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 3025. Sociology of Mass Media (3) (FC: SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SPAN 5445. Hispanic Cinema (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: Consent of chair)

Linguistics Minor


Marianne Montgomery, Co-coordinator, Bate 2207
Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, Co-coordinator, Bate 3313

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, of the common properties shared by all languages, and of the functions of language in human life and society. The minor in linguistics provides students with an opportunity to study the background of linguistic theory, the applications of language and its theory in the learning and teaching of second or foreign languages, and the social and cultural uses of language in society and communication. The courses are designed to help students have a better understanding of how human communication takes place in an ever more globalized society, with greater encounters with different languages. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by promoting students' critical thinking, cultural awareness and analysis, and communication skills.

Students taking this interdisciplinary minor in linguistics, following the guidance of their assigned advisor, will be asked to establish connections between a wide variety of classes, ranging from core courses on theoretical linguistics to classes describing and practicing more applied uses of language in a classroom setting as well as in other social and cultural contexts. Additionally, the students in the minor will benefit from course offerings from different departments and schools, including English, anthropology, foreign languages and literatures, philosophy, communication, and communication sciences and disorders. Other appropriate courses, including special topic courses (when the theme is relevant) may be considered for inclusion as electives upon review by the director.

Minimum requirement for the minor in linguistics is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    ENGL 3730. The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology (3) (P: ENGL 1200) or SPAN 3225. Spanish Phonetics (3) (P: SPAN 2222, 2330)
    ENGL 3740. The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics (3) (P: ENGL 1200) or SPAN 3335. Structure of the Spanish Language (3) (P: SPAN 3330)
    ENGL 3750. Introductory Linguistics (3) (FC: HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    Note: A course on the structure and phonology of another language could be counted as part of the core with permission of the director of the minor.
  2. Electives – 15 s.h.
    ANTH 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ANTH 3300. Language and Culture (3) (FC: SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2200, or consent of instructor) ANTH
    3720/ENGL 3720. Writing Systems of the World (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ANTH 3770/ENGL 3770. Language Universals (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    CSDI 3010. Phonetics (3) (F) (P: CSDI major or minor; CSDI 2100; PSYC 1000; or consent of instructor)
    CSDI 3020. Language Development (3) (F) (P: CSDI major or minor; CSDI 2100; PSYC 1000; or consent of instructor)
    CSDI 3050. Acquisition and Development of Phonology and Articulation (3) (S) (P: CSDI 3010, 3030, or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 2700. Introduction to Language Studies (3) (F,S) (FC: HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2710. English Grammar (3) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 2740. Language in the USA (3) (FC: HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3700. History of the English Language (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4710. Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories and Principles (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4720. Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers (3) (P: ENGL 4710)
    ENGL 4730. Language and Society (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4740. TESOL Methods (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FREN 4611. Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12 (5) (P: Admission to upper division; 18 s.h. of French above 1004 or consent of instructor)
    GERM 4611. Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12 (5) (P: Admission to upper division; 18 s.h. above GERM 1004 or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 4283. Philosophy of Language (3) (S) (FC: HU) (P: 6 s.h. in PHIL or consent of instructor)
    SPAN 4611. Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12 (5) (P: Admission to upper division; 18 s.h. of SPAN above 1004 or consent of dept chair)
    Others courses related to linguistics as approved by the program coordinator.

Certificate in Business and Technical Communication

Students must register with the department and maintain a minimum average of 3.0. The certificate requires 15 s.h. of credit as follows:
  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) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3030. Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3040. Introduction to Professional Writing (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3820. Scientific Writing (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3835. Persuasive Writing (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3860. Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (3) (WI*) (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) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3895. Topics in Technical and Professional Writing (3) (WI) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGL 4835. Classical Rhetorics (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4885. Digital Writing (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    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.