College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Undergraduate Options

Four options are offered for the English major, all leading to the degree of bachelor of arts in English.

Literary Studies

Literary Studies is for students who desire a general liberal arts education emphasizing literature, critical thinking, and writing; and for those preparing for graduate education in English or literary studies.

1. GER HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT [H] (1 course, 3 credit hours):

  • One of the following: Hum 101, 103, 302, 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 (the last two are Tier III [T] classes recommended for English majors).

 

2. CORE (5 courses, 15 credit hours):

  • Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
  • Engl 370: The Making of "English": Literature, Language and Culture Before 1600
  • Engl 371: 17th and 18th Century Transnational Literature in English
  • Engl 372: 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the America
  • Engl 373: 20th and 21st Century Global Literatures in English.

 

3. ELECTIVES (7 courses, 21 credit hours):

  • Students may take for their electives any combination of literature classes from either the English or Humanities courses, with the following requirements:
    • At least one of these courses must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
    • No more than two may be lower-division courses (100 or 200-level) or non-literature Engl courses
    • At least two must be 400-level courses.

 

Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Rhetoric and Professional Writing is for students preparing for careers in business, public service, law, or other professions requiring writing and reading skills. It is also suitable for those seeking careers in higher education specializing in rhetoric and composition.

1. GER HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT [H] (1 course, 3 credit hours):

  • One of the following: Hum 101, 103, 302, 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 (the last two are Tier III [T] classes recommended for English majors).

 

2. CORE (6 courses, 18 credit hours):

  • Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
  • Engl 301: Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • Engl 360: Principles of Rhetoric
  • Engl 362: Rhetorics of Racism
  • One of the following:
    • Engl 370: The Making of "English": Literature, Language and Culture Before 1600
    • Engl 371: 17th and 18th Century Transnational Literature in English
    • Engl 372: 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the America
    • Engl 373: 20th and 21st Century Global Literatures in English.
  • One of the following:
    • Engl 460: The Scope of Rhetoric
    • Engl 461: Theory and Practice in Technical and Professional Writing (Note: Prerequisite of Engl 402 or 403 for 461)

 

3. ELECTIVES (6 courses, 18 credit hours):

  • Six courses from among the following: Engl 308, 336, 354, 355, 358, 361, 363, 375, 401, 402, 405, 410, 458, 475, 476, 495, or any creative writing course deemed appropriate by the student and his or her advisor.

 

English Teaching

English Teaching is for students who need specific training in the teaching of language and literature at the secondary level; it is coordinated with the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Note: No more than 9 credits may be from lower-division courses.

1. GER HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT [H] (1 course, 3 credit hours):

  • One of the following: Hum 101, 103, 302, 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 (the last two are Tier III [T] classes recommended for English majors).

 

2. CORE (5 courses, 15 credit hours):

  • Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
  • Three of the following:
    • Engl 370: The Making of "English": Literature, Language and Culture Before 1600
    • Engl 371: 17th and 18th Century Transnational Literature in English
    • Engl 372: 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the America
    • Engl 373: 20th and 21st Century Global Literatures in English.
  • One of the following:
    • Engl 205: Introduction to Shakespeare
    • Engl 305: Shakespeare [to 1600]
    • Engl 306: Shakespeare [after 1600]

 

3. TEACHING CONCENTRATION (4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • Engl 326: Applied Grammar for Teachers
  • Engl 325: Young Adult Literature
  • Engl 324: Rhetoric and Composition for Teaching
  • Engl 323: Approaches to the Teaching of English

 

4. ENGLISH OR HUMANITIES ELECTIVES (4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • Students may take for their electives any combination of literature classes from either the English or Humanities courses, with advisor approval.  At least one of these courses must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.

 

For secondary credential, grades of C or better are required in all courses in the major, as well as 2.5 g.p.a. overall. See College of Education for additional credential requirements.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is for students interested in creative writing in various forms (poetry, fiction, nonfiction prose), in editing and publishing, and in careers drawing on related creative and professional skills.

1. CORE (2 courses, 6 credit hours):

  • Engl 251: Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Genres
  • Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies

 

2. UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (11 courses, 33 credit hours; Prerequisite of Engl 251 for any upper-division creative writing course):

  • Engl 352: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • One 300-level prose course from the following:
    • Engl 351: Creative Writing: Fiction
    • Engl 353: Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • Engl 446: Form and Theory in Creative Writing (Note: Prerequisite of two college-level creative writing courses for 446)
  • Two advanced creative writing workshops from the following (courses repeatable for credit):
    • Engl 451: Advanced Creative Writing: Prose
    • Engl 452: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
  • One course from the following:
    • Engl 355: Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
    • Engl 357: Topics in Magazine Editing and Creative Writing
    • Engl 402: Technical and Professional Writing
    • Engl 498: Internship in publishing or editing internship (3 credits)
    • Engl 499: Independent Study in Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • Three upper-division literature courses, including at least one at 400-level course. At least one course must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Advisor must approve all courses.
  • One literature or creative writing elective.

 

Note: Majors in all options must have two [M] (writing intensive) courses in English. Of the 120 total credit hours required for the bachelor's degree at WSU, forty credit hours must be in upper-division courses. For course descriptions and suggested four-year degree sequences, see the current WSU catalog.

Assessment: End-of-Program Portfolio

In all options, students are required to submit a sample paper from Engl 302 and from a senior literature course (for Creative Writing majors, a sample of writing from Engl 251 and from an advanced creative writing workshop course) and to complete an exit questionnaire before graduation.

 

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