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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog
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The Department of English (EN)

The Department of English offers an undergraduate major in English and minors in English and creative writing, and an honors program in English.

English Major (BA)

Department of English, 103 Morgan Hall

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in English must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in English requires the successful completion of the following 36 hours:

EN 205 or EN 2153
EN 206, EN 207, EN 208, EN 209,
    EN 210, or EN 249 (or honors equivalents)9
EN theory, writing, or linguistics13
EN early literature (pre-1660)23
EN 18th or 19th century literature33
EN electives 400 level9
EN electives 300 or 400 level6

Students must earn 3 hours chosen from each of the following areas:
1Theory, writing, or linguistics: EN 300, EN 301, EN 303, EN 308, EN 309, EN 310, EN 319, EN 320, or EN 321.
2Early literature (pre-1660): EN 330, EN 331, EN 332, EN 333, EN 334, EN 335, EN 370, or EN 371. 3Eighteenth- or nineteenth-century literature: EN 340, EN 341, EN 342, EN 343, EN 344, EN 345, EN 346, EN 347, EN 348, or EN 349.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in English requires the following outside the major: four semesters or equivalent proficiency in one foreign language. Note: Computer science does not fulfill this requirement.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Honors in English. Any student with a superior aptitude for and a special interest in literature may apply for admission to the honors program in English. The program includes special classes for EN 205 (EN 215), EN 206 (EN 216), EN 209 (EN 219), and EN 210 (EN 220), and eligibility for the Honors Seminar in Literature (EN 499). English majors who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in English and 3.3 overall upon successfully completing the program and the honors seminar will be eligible for graduation “with honors in English.” The honors seminar (EN 499) is designed in consultation with interested students of senior standing, who are encouraged to suggest topics and course materials that best suit their academic interests. Seminars cover a variety of topics and works. For example, the topic of one recent seminar was “The Idea of the West”; it included works by Homer, Virgil, Swift, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Charles Johnson.

Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society, aims to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among its members. Students pursuing a major in English or English education or pursuing a minor in English or creative writing and who have at least a 3.33 GPA for 12 hours of English, and a 3.0 overall GPA are eligible to apply. The society, along with the department, annually makes an award to the English major with the highest overall GPA.

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