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30 Hours total (33 for Honors); 2.0 GPA or higher in major required to graduate. Information about admission to the major.

Course descriptions for individual semesters, including equivalency and other course fulfillment information.

Required: ENGL 308, plus 4 of the 5 remaining core courses

ENGL 308 or equivalent
      Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (or an equivalent course that emphasizes literary-critical methodology). Students are urged to take English 308 before they enroll in a 500-level literature class.

ENGL 312 or equivalent
      (Major British Writers to 1800) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on British literature of at least one of the literary periods from the Middle Ages to 1800, excluding Shakespeare—(3 hours).

ENGL 314 or equivalent
      (Major British Writers after 1800) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on British literature of at least one of the literary periods from the Romantic Period to the present—(3 hours).

Shakespeare
      A course in Shakespeare (ENGL 332 or 525)—(3 hours).

ENGL 320 or equivalent
      (American Literature I) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on American Literature of at least one of the literary periods from Colonial times to 1865—(3 hours).

ENGL 322 or equivalent
      (American Literature II) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on American Literature of at least one of the literary periods from 1865 to the present—(3 hours).

15 hours: Language, rhetoric, and writing courses :
      Required: English 380 (Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition) or English 387 (Introduction to the English Language). 

      At least 6 additional hours of language and rhetoric courses (English 359, 380, 385, 387, 400, 580, 587, 590 with appropriate topic, or their equivalents).

      Students may take all 15 hrs (5 courses) in language and rhetoric (as above), or they may include up to 6 hrs (2 courses) of writing courses. Appropriate writing courses include English 360, 361, 362, 562, 563, 564, and no more than 3 hrs in creative writing courses. 

      ENGL 495 (Directed Study), 496 (Internship), 498 (Honors Proseminar), and ENGL 499 (Honors Essay), if done with a language, rhetoric, and writing emphasis, may be applied toward these language, rhetoric, and writing courses.


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