Degree Requirements

English Major

Undergraduate

Students entering TU Fall 2010

Students entering TU Fall 2005 To Fall 2010  

Students entering TU Fall 1999 to Fall 2005

Students entering TU prior to Fall 1999

Students entering TU Fall 2014 

ENGLISH MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (effective Fall 2014)
               
English majors must complete 42 credits and each course must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.


REQUIRED COURSES (24 UNITS)

I. Foundation Survey Courses (9 units)
                                 ENGL 221   British Literature to 1798 (3)
                                 ENGL 222   British Literature since 1798 (3)
                                 ENGL 238   Survey of American Literature (3)

II. ENGL 300   Methods and Research (3 units)    
Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 300 prior to taking other 300-400 level literature courses.

III. Shakespeare (3 units)
One of the following
:
                                
ENGL 426  Topics in Shakespeare Studies (3)
                                
ENGL 427  Shakespearean Comedies (3)
                                
ENGL 428  Shakespearean Tragedies (3)

IV. Electives (6 units)         
                     
Two  300 or 400 level English courses, at least one of which must be a literature course.

 
V. Capstone Experience (3 units)
One of the following in the final year:
                              
ENGL 485    Capstone Seminar in English Studies (3)
                               ENGL 498*  Capstone Internship in English (3)
                               ENGL 499    Capstone Honors Thesis in English (3)                       
*ENGL 498 is not open to students in the Secondary Education Track

LITERATURE TRACK (18 units)
I. Linguistics (3 units)
One of the following:
                              
ENGL 350 Analytical Grammar (3)
                               ENGL 351 Historical Linguistics (3)
                               ENGL 352 Structure of the English Lang. (3)
                               ENGL 457 History of English Language to 1500 (3)
                               ENGL 458 History of English Since 1500 (3)
                               ENGL 459 Old English (3)
                              
ENGL 475 Topics in Linguistics (3)

II. Literary Theory (3 units)
One of the following:

                               ENGL 462  Modern Literary Theory (3)
                               ENGL 463  Semiotics (3)
                               ENGL 464  Topics in Literary Theory (3)

III. British and American Literature (9 units)
A. One of the following pre-1700 literature courses:
                              ENGL 321 Medieval British Literature (3)
                              ENGL 322 Medieval and Early Modern British Drama (3)
                             
ENGL 323 16th-century British Literature (3)
                              ENGL 324 Early 17th-century British Literature (3)
                              ENGL 380 Voices of Medieval Women (3)
                              ENGL 425 Chaucer (3)
                              ENGL 429 Milton (3)

Depending on specific content, ENGL 469: Studies in One or Two Authors and various “topics” courses (ENGL 363, 370, 373, 426, and 472) may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the chair.

B. One of the following 18th and 19th century courses:
                              ENGL 325 18th-Century British Literature (3)
                              ENGL 326 Literature of the British Romantic Period (3)
                              ENGL 327 The Victorian Age (3)
                              ENGL 420 Development of the British Novel: 18th Century (3)
                              ENGL 421 Dev. of the Brit. Novel: 19th Century (3)
                              ENGL 431 Literature of the American Romantic Period (3)
                              ENGL 432 Literature of the American Realistic Period (3)
                              ENGL 435 Development of the American Novel: 19th Century (3)
                              ENGL 437 American Poetry Through Frost (3)
 
Depending on specific content, ENGL 469: Studies in One or Two Authors and various “topics” courses (ENGL 363, 370, 373, 472, 473,  476, and 477) may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the chair.

C. One of the following 20th and 21st century courses:
                             ENGL 331 American Drama (3)
                             ENGL 346 Modern Drama (3)
                            
ENGL 371 Women Poets: Themes & Images (3)
                             ENGL 372 Women Writers (3)
                             ENGL 413 Irish Literary Revival (3)
                             ENGL 422 Development of the British Novel, 20th Century (3)

                             ENGL 423 Modern British Novel (3)
                             ENGL 436 Development of the American Novel, 20th Century (3)

                             ENGL 438 Modern American Poetry (3)
                             ENGL 440 Contemporary American Poetry (3)

Depending on specific content, ENGL 469: Studies in One or Two Authors and various “topics” courses (ENGL 363, 370, 373, 471, 472, 473,
 476, and 477) may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the chair.

IV. World Literature (3 units)
One of the following world literature courses:
                             ENGL 239 A Survey of Modern Jewish Literature (3)
                             ENGL 240 Classics of the Western Heritage (3)

                             ENGL 241 Major Works of World Literature (3)
                             ENGL 243 Intro to Classical Mythology (3)

                             ENGL 244 World Folklore (3)
                             ENGL 248 Literature of Global Experience (3)

                             ENGL 336 Post-Colonial Literature (3)
                             ENGL 341 History & Literature of the Old Testament (3)

                             ENGL 342 Folklore and Literature (3)
                             ENGL 343 Myth and Literature (3)
                             ENGL 346 Modern Drama (3)
                             ENGL 347 World Literature Written in English (3)
                            
ENGL 439 Modern World Poetry (3)
                             ENGL 441 Modern Fiction to WWII (3)
                             ENGL 442 Modern Fiction Since WWII (3)
                             ENGL 471 Topics in World Literature (3)
Depending on specific content, ENGL 469: Studies in One or Two Authors and various “topics” courses (ENGL 363, 370, 373) may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the chair.

WRITING TRACK (18 credits)
l. Writing Courses (9 units)
                        
3 of the following courses (at least 3 of the 9 units must be at the 400 level):

                             ENGL 310  Writing Argument (3)
                            
ENGL 311  Writing Poetry  (3)
                             ENGL 312  Writing Fiction (3)
                            
ENGL 315  Writing Creative Nonfiction (3)
                             ENGL 317  Writing for Business and Industry (3)
                             ENGL 318  Advanced Informational Writing (3)
                            
ENGL 319 Organizational Communications (3)
                             ENGL 411  Advanced Writing Poetry (3)
                             ENGL 412  Advanced Writing Fiction (3)

                             ENGL 416 Editing and Digital Publishing (3)
                             ENGL 417 Topics in Writing (3)
                             ENGL 419 Grant and Non-Profit Writing (3)

II. Language (3 credits)
                    One of the following:
                             
ENGL 301 Rhetoric and Science (3)
                              ENGL 350  Analytical  Grammar (3)
                              ENGL 351  Historical Linguistics (3)
                              ENGL 352  Structure of the English Language (3)
                              ENGL 457  History of the English Language to 1500 (3)
                             
ENGL 458  History of the English Language since 1500 (3)
                             
ENGL 459 Old English (3)
                              ENGL 462  Modern Literary Theory (3)
                             
ENGL 464 Topics in LiteraryTheory (3)
                              ENGL 475  Topics in Linguistics (3)


III. Literature (6 units)

                   Any 2 English literature classes at the 300 or 400 level, including Topics courses

 SECONDARY EDUCATION TRACK (18 units)
I. Diversity in American Literature (3 units)
                    One of the following
:

                              ENGL 233 African-American Literature (3)
                              ENGL 234 Major Writers in African-American Lit. (3)
                             
ENGL 235 Ethnic American Literature (3)
                              ENGL 236 American Indian Literature (3)
                              ENGL 239 A Survey of Modern Jewish Literature (3)
Depending on specific content, ENGL 473, 476, and 477 may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the student’s Secondary Education Advisor.

II. Linguistics and Grammar (6 units)
                    A. Grammar:
 
                            
ENGL 251 Applied Grammar (3)
[Students who place out of this course through departmental examination are to take in its place an upper-division elective in literature.]

                   
B. One of the following:
                              ENGL 350 Analytical Grammar (3)
                              ENGL 351 Historical Linguistics (3)
                             
ENGL 352 Structure of the English Lang. (3)
                              ENGL 457 History of English Language to 1500 (3)
                              ENGL 458 History of English Since 1500 (3)
                              ENGL 459 Old English (3)
                              ENGL 475 Topics in Linguistics (3)

III. World Literature/Non-Western Literature (3 units)                       
                     One of the following:

                              ENGL 240 Classics of the Western Heritage (3)
                              ENGL 241 Major Works of World Literature

                              ENGL 243  Intro. to Classical Mythology (3)
                              ENGL 244  World Folklore (3)
                             
ENGL 248  Lit. of the Global Experience (3)
                              ENGL 336 Post-Colonial Literature (3)
                              ENGL 341  History & Lit of the Old Testament (3)
                              ENGL 342  Folklore and Literature (3)
                              ENGL 343  Myth and Literature (3)
                              ENGL 347  World Lit. Written in English (3)
                              ENGL 471 Topics in World Literature (3)

IV. Advanced Writing (3 units)
                     One of the following:

                              ENGL 310 Writing Argument (3)
                              ENGL 313 Academic Essay (3)
                              ENGL 316 Writing about Literature (3)
                              WMST 333 Women’s Words, Women’s Lives (3)

V. Textual Analysis (3 Credits)
                              ENGL 463 Semiotics (3)

Course Requirements for Students entering TU Fall 2005 to Fall 2010:
Majors will complete the Core Requirements plus one of the three tracks.

Course Requirements for Students entering TU Fall 1999 to Fall 2005:
Majors will complete the core requirements plus one of the three tracks.

Course
Requirements for Students entering TU prior to Fall 1999: Double Major Programs
Students who major in one of the other programs of the university but feel a strong interest in language, literature or writing are urged to explore the value of completing a double major with their adviser or with the chair of the Department of English.

 

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