The major in English is designed to develop in students an understanding of language and its uses; an effective, individual writing voice; a critical and aesthetic appreciation of literature; and an understanding of how literature illuminates the diversity of human experience. Because of its comprehensive nature and its focus on critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, the major prepares students for graduate study in English, library science, and law as well as career paths in which effective communication is central, such as teaching, publishing, advertising, public relations, theatre, and professional writing.
All students majoring in English take a 30-semester-hour core of courses and choose a complementary 10–23-semester-hour specialization in advanced literary study, professional writing, or dramaturgy. Students wishing to teach English at the secondary level should take the 23–41-hour education minor in place of one of the above areas of specialization. All students pursuing an English major must take the Junior Oral Examination (ENG 399 ) during the spring term of their junior year.
Note: Students who declared the English major prior to the 2002–03 catalog should consult their particular catalog and meet with their academic advisors to determine appropriate coursework.