Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in English

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

and

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

General Elective

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:16-17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

LIT 201World Literature I

4

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp)

3-4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

LIT 201World Literature I

4

or

LIT 207British Literature II

4

ENG 200 levelEnglish Elective

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:15-16
ENG  200 level elective must be a Language, Rhetoric or Advanced Composition course.

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

LIT 206British Literature I

4

or

LIT 208American Literature I

4

or

LIT 209American Literature II

4

ENG 200 levelEnglish 200 level Introduction to Literatures and Interpertations course

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

Total Credit Hours:14-16

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

LIT 207British Literature II

4

or

LIT 208American Literature I

4

or

LIT 209American Literature II

4

ENG 200 levelEnglish 200 level English Language, Rhetoric, or Advanced Composition course

4

ENG/WRI English or writing elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

ENG 300 levelMajor Genre/Historical Period Course

4

ENG 300 levelEnglish Major Authors or Major Poets Course

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

ENG 400 levelLiterature Course

4

ENG 300 or 400 levelEnglish elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

ENG 491Senior Portfolio

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

ENG 300 or 400 levelEnglish elective

4

ENG 300 or 400 levelEnglish elective

4

ENG 491Senior Portfolio

1

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:17

Completion of one 200-level literature couse is required to enroll in 300-level (or permission of instructor).

One writing class from the list below may be used to count toward the English major or minor.

One appropriate writing class from the list below may be used to count toward the English major or minor.

WRI 200Introduction to Creative Writing

4

WRI 210Writing as a Means of Self-Discovery

4

WRI 240Writing Drama

4

WRI 247Dramatic Writing for Radio and Alternative Performance

4

WRI 250Poetry Writing I

4

WRI 260Fiction Writing I

4

WRI 274Creative Nonfiction

4

WRI 351Poetry Writing II

4

WRI 352-359Special Topics in Writing

1-4

WRI 361Fiction Writing II

4

WRI 362Multigenre Creative Writing Seminar

4

WRI 365Fiction Forms

4

WRI 374Narrative Nonfiction

4

WRI 450Seminar in Poetry Writing

4

WRI 460Seminar in Fiction Writing

4

Total Credit Hours:4

A writing course used to fulfill the English major or minor may also count toward the writing major or minor. First Year Writing (FYW) courses may not count toward the major or minor.

One 100-level course from the list below also may be used to count toward the major or minor.
LIT 117War in Literature and Film

4

LIT 126Literature and Film Classics

4

LIT 140Introduction to the Novel

4

LIT 150Introduction to Poetry

4

LIT 170Stories and Wellness

4

The department recommends that all students include in their program at least one non-Western, multiethnic or women’s literature course.

Portfolio

In the final semester of study, graduating English majors are required to submit to the department a portfolio of their best writing from each year of study. A preface should include a discussion of the student’s growth as a writer. Department faculty members evaluate portfolios and select the most distinguished for awards.