English

Program Requirements

Advanced Placement Opportunity:
The University accepts the American Council of Education’s recommended scores for CLEP tests. For the English Composition exam, students receive 3 credit hours for completing the exam (essay required) and can submit 3 writing samples to the Coordinator of Composition to receive an additional 3 hours (6 total). For more information about credit granted through CLEP, students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Program Requirements for English Major:

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
  • English courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not count toward the English major.
  • Courses below the 200 level do not count towards the major; at least 21 of the 33 semester hours must be at the 300 level or above.
  • 33 semester hours in 200-400 level English courses, including ENG 497 (Seminar in English) which is the comprehensive experience in the major.
  • 6 required credits at the 200-400 level must be in pre-1789 literature courses.
  • 200 level requirements: One American, British, or World literature course (3 credits); and One genre course (3 credits).
  • 300-400 level requirements: Two historical period courses (Romantic, Victorian, etc.) (6 credits); One major author course (Shakespeare, Frost, Yeats, Beckett, etc.) (3 credits); One school or genre course (Beats, Memoir, African American, etc.) (3 credits); One criticism course (3 credits); One upper-level writing course (3 credits); and Seminar in English (3 credits).
  • Successful completion of all assessment requirements required in ENG 497 during the senior year, to include: an oral report, a seminar paper, a panel presentation, and a writing portfolio.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all English courses applicable toward the degree and the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major.
  • Honor courses may count toward the major. The Chair of Humanities, in consultation with the English faculty, will determine which Honors courses may count toward the major.
  • Language Requirement: One year of college coursework in a single language with a grade of “C” or better or a demonstrated equivalent competency. Two years of a single language
  • are highly recommended for graduate school preparation (sign language is acceptable for English Teacher Licensure majors).
  • Recommended Electives: 3 credits outside of major (philosophy, theology, psychology, economics, history, etc.).
  • 42 semester hours at the upper level (300-400) in the total degree program.
  • The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled through the department’s requirement of word-processing and online research skills in all of the courses. This is shown by student writing and presentations, student use of course-management software content, and library work.

Teacher Licensure Program:

English majors seeking 6-12 teaching licensure are required to take the following courses: ENG 220, 250, 300 and 400; ELE 316, 317 and EDU 362. They must also fulfill the requirements for teacher licensure.

Requirements for a Minor in Literature:
A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.

Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Requirements for a Minor in Writing:

  • A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
  • A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.
  • Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
  • Nine hours of writing courses beyond ENG 111 and 112. ENG 300 Advanced Writing is required; the remaining six hours must be chosen from among Creative Writing (ENG 306-308), ENG 382 Business Communication, Special Topics (ENG 200-400), ENG 480 Practicum, and ENG 485 Internship .
  • 9 hours of literature courses, at least one at the 300-400 level.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
  • Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Honors:

To graduate with honors in English, students must have:

  • A grade point average of 3.5 in English courses.
  • Six hours of history beyond general education requirements (which may be satisfied by completing a semester of non-American History and a semester of American History).
  • Twelve (12) hours (two years) (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language at the college level.

Special Program:
Membership in the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta (Rho Rho Chapter), is available to students.

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