Overview

The English major emphasizes the study of linguistics, the various schools of literary criticism, and a broad range of literature, studied in its aesthetic, historical, cultural, political, and philosophical contexts. In all classes, students will read with discernment, analyze and interpret literary form, structure, and style in various genres of writing. Students in this major are able to conduct independent research, orally articulate their ideas with confidence, and write with clarity, conciseness, appropriate organization and a level of usage and style suitable for an intended audience.

Course Offerings

The Major in Literature in English requires a minimum of 49 hours, including 39 hours in English and 10 hours in related fields. 

Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)


One course from the following list:
ENG 331: Chaucer in Middle English (3 hrs.)
ENG 333: English Literature of the 17th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 334: English Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century (3 hrs.)


One course from the following list:
ENG 332: Shakespeare (3 hrs.)
ENG 335: English Literature of the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 336: British and American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
An additional course in literature at the 300-level.

 

Two courses chosen from the following list:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization from 1500 C.E. to the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)
HIS 321: Studies in Modern European History (3 hrs.)
HIS 342: Studies in Pre-Modern History (3 hrs.)
REL 344: Explorations in Biblical Studies (3 hrs.)
PHL 205: Early Modern Philosophy from 16th to the 18th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 206: Enlightenment & Late Modern Philosophy 18th-20th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 207: Contemporary Philosophy (3 hrs.)


The additional hours are to be selected from catalogue offerings under English, excluding the following which primarily serve the Writing/Communication major.
ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)


One course from the following list may count for credit in the Literature in English major
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Literature in English requires the completion of 15 hours of English.

Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.).


On the basis of the student’s particular interest, the remaining courses/credit hours may be chosen from the following courses:

HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)

  
The Minor in English for Add-On Teaching Endorsementrequires the completion of 15 hours of English that include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)

ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)

The Major in English for Teacher Licensure requires a minimum of 43 hours, including 36 hours in English, 4 hours in Humanities, and 3 hours in a related field. Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 312: Linguistic Theory and Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)

Either of the following courses:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
ENG 331: Chaucer in Middle English (3 hrs.)
ENG 333: English Literature of the 17th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 334: English Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century (3 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
ENG 332: Shakespeare (3 hrs.)
ENG 335: English Literature of the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 336: British and American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)

One related course from the following list:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization from 1500 C.E. to the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)

 

Six additional hours are to be selected from catalog offerings under English excluding the following which primarily serve the Writing/Communication major.
ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)

One course from the following may count for credit in the Major in English for Teacher Licensure:
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)

Additional liberal studies requirements include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)