Jun 15, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

English, BA

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The student majoring in English must take ENLT 140 - (CL) English Inquiry  (or the equivalent course numbered from 120 - 179) and twelve other courses from the English and Theatre Department Courses  designated ENLT, THTR or WRTG.  Of these twelve courses, seven will be area courses (one each from B1; B-2; B-3; A-1; A-2; A-3; G). The student also must take two courses designated as EPW, and these courses may overlap with area courses and/or electives for the major.

The student must also take a course designated “Theory Intensive” and at least two courses at the 300- or 400-level.  (A single course may satisfy both an area and/or level requirement and the theory intensive requirement.)  Of the two courses at the 300 or 400-level, one of them must be a 400-level senior seminar.

No more than two ENLT courses with numbers between 120 and 179 will count toward fulfilling the credits required for the English major.

A-1. American Literature to 1865

English Curriculum

   Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

 MAJOR  ENLT 140 - (CL) English Inquiry  or equivalent 3  
 MAJOR  ENLT Area Requirement   3
 GE EP  WRTG 140 - (FYOC, FYDT) Digital Writing  *   3
 GE HUMN - COGNATE  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective — COGNATE - Cognate Elective 3 3
 GE PHIL/T/RS  PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  — T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
 GE QUAN  QUAN ELECT – Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3  
 GE WRTG  WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
 GE FSEM  First Year Seminar 1    
                                           15 15

Second Year

 MAJOR  ENLT Area Requirement2 3 3
 MAJOR  ENLT-WRTG-THTR Electives2 3 3
 COGNATE  COGNATE ELECT – Cognate Electives 3 3
 GE NSCI  NSCI ELECT – Natural Sciences Electives 3 3
 GE PHIL–T/RS  PHIL 210 - Ethics  — T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
    15 15

Third Year

 MAJOR  ENLT Area Requirement2 3 3
 MAJOR  ENLT-WRTG-THTR Elective2   3
 COGNATE  COGNATE ELECT – Cognate Electives 6 3
 GE FREE  FREE ELECT – Free Electives   3
 GE PHIL or T/RS  PHIL ELECT – Philosophy Elective or T/RS ELECT – T/RS Elective 3  
 GE S/BH  S/BH ELECT – Social/Behavioral Electives 3 3
    15 15

Fourth Year

 MAJOR  ENLT Area Requirement2 3  
 MAJOR  ENLT 490-491 - Senior Seminar   3  
 MAJOR  ENLT Area Requirement2   3
 COGNATE  COGNATE ELECT – Cognate Electives 3 3
 GE FREE  FREE ELECT – Free Electives 3 9
 GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Electives 3  
    15 15

Total: 120 Credits

1 The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement or it may serve as a student’s gateway course (equivalent to ENLT 140 ). Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

2EPW courses may overlap with Area Requirements and/or Major Electives.

*The English & Theatre Department recommends WRTG 140 , a 3-credit EP foundation course satisfying both oral and digital competencies (EP-I).  Other courses may satisfy this requirement.  Please consult with an advisor if you have questions.