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English & Modern Languages

The Department of English and Modern Languages encourages students to pursue the study of language and written texts, a unique intellectual activity that requires familiarity with the disciplines of history, theology, philosophy, psychology, and the arts as well as others. Because of the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of English studies, students in the Department gain a versatile and valuable base of knowledge and skills that are useful in a variety of settings both intellectual and practical. The Department offers a wide range of courses in literature and writing that emphasize the importance of the study of language and writing to both academic study and professional life. Students who study in the Department of English and Modern Languages are able to put this broad base of knowledge and skills to use in graduate school as well as careers in law, business, journalism, publishing, education and many other professions.

The Department offers three majors – the B.A. in English, the B.S. in English, and the B.A. in International Studies – as well as minors in English, French, and Spanish. The B.A. in English requires students to take a wide range of literature and writing courses and to demonstrate competency in a foreign language at the intermediate level (202). The B.S. in English provides a route to licensure for those students seeking to teach at the high school level. The B.A. in International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to focus on international concerns by blending traditional liberal arts study with courses from a number of different disciplines. English and International Studies majors are encouraged to minor in French or in Spanish as well as spend a summer or semester studying abroad.

Requirements for the B.A. in English
The major requires the completion of the General ACR and the following:
E 101, 102 Composition I, II 6 s.h.
E 201, 202 World Literature I, II 6 s.h.
E 321 History of the English Language 3 s.h.
E 336, 337 British Literature I, II 6 s.h.
E 341 or 342 American Literature Elective 3 s.h.
E 351 Readings in Shakespeare 3 s.h.
E 405 English Seminar** 1 s.h.
E English Electives (except E 308) 9 s.h.
E Electives at 400 level** (except E 405/E 408) 6 s.h.
Total: 43 s.h.*

*Plus a modern language through the intermediate (202) level.
**Students seeking the English B.A., the English B.S., and minors in English must
have a minimum of 2.5 grade point average in English to take this course.

Requirements for the B.S. in English
The person choosing this major could be licensed to teach English in grades 7-12.
This major requires the completion of the Enhanced ACR II and the following:
E 101, 102 Composition I, II 6 s.h.
E 201, 202 World Literature I, II 6 s.h.
LS/E 313 Books and Materials for Adolescents 3 s.h.
E 321 History of the English Language 3 s.h.
E 322 English Grammar and Usage 3 s.h.
E 336, 337 British Literature I, II 6 s.h.
E 341 or 342 American Literature Elective 3 s.h.
E 351 Readings in Shakespeare 3 s.h.
E 408r English Practicum: Tutoring** 1 s.h.
E English Electives (except E 308) 6 s.h.
E Elective at 400 level** (except E 405/E 408) 3 s.h.
Modern Language (one language through the 102 level) 6 s.h.
Total: 49 s.h.

**Students seeking the English B.A., the English B.S., and minors in English must have a minimum of 2.5 grade point average in English to take this course. Those students wishing to be licensed to teach must also complete 38 semester hours of professional education courses listed under the Education major in this catalog.

B.S. students who do not seek licensure must take E 405 English Seminar**, adding one hour to the 49 hours required for the B.S. in English.

Requirements for a Minor in English
E 101, 102; E 201, 202; E 351r and six additional semester hours at the 300-400 level
or from approved topics courses.

Requirements for a Minor in French
F 101, 102; F 201, 202; F 301, 302

Requirements for a Minor in Spanish
S 101, 102 (or S 104); S 201, 202 (or S 204); S 301, 302