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English Language Arts (39 Credits)

Beginning Fall 2013

The concentration in English Language Arts is designed to provide students with experience in the study of literature, language, rhetoric, and writing. While it is designed and intended primarily for prospective elementary school teachers, the concentration is open to all students.

This Concentration Consists of Five Parts:

A. ENGL 252 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits) – to be taken within one semester of declaring the major

B. Four Required Literature Courses (12 credits)

1. ENGL 338 Survey of British Literature I: Early Texts to the 18th Century

2. One course chosen from among the following courses in American Literature:

  • ENGL 395 Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War
  • ENGL 396 American Prose from reconstruction to World War I
  • ENGL 397 Pre-Twentieth Century American Poetry

3. ENGL 305 Children’s Literature

4. ENGL 320 Multi-Ethnic American Literature

C. Two Required Language and/or Rhetoric Courses (6 credits)

1. ENGL 331 The Structure of Modern English

2. One course chosen from among the following:

  • ENGL 330 Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 332 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 333 Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 340 History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 342 Special Topics in Rhetoric
  • ENGL 348 English Across the World

D. Two Required Writing Courses (6 credits)

1. ENGL 301 Theory and Practice of Expository Writing

2. One course chosen from among the following:

  • ENGL 300 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 308 Workshop in Non-Fiction I
  • ENGL 341 Rhetorical Principles of Expository Writing

Note: Students must take ENGL 300 before taking ENGL 308.

E. Four Electives (12 credits)

Electives may be chosen from among the following: any of the English Department’s 300- or 400-level literature courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors seminars (ENGL 494); any of the 300-level Creative Writing workshops for which the student has met the prerequisite(s); and one of the listed Theatre courses (160, 161, 321, 376, 377, 378). The department strongly recommends that students choose at least one Language, Writing, or Modern/Contemporary Literature elective course.

ELA majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department beyond Theatre. In order to do this, students must meet all of that department’s prerequisites for the course. Students with double majors may apply the course to one of those majors, but not both. For example, someone majoring in English and History who takes HIST 342.51 Britain Since 1689 may count that course toward either the English or History major, not both. Students may choose from the List of Eligible Courses and DepartmentsIf you wish to take a 300-level course in another department that is not on the list, you must get prior written approval from an English advisor and, in some cases, from the department offering the course.

NOTE: Students also enrolled in the QUEST major may satisfy one of their ELA elective requirements by taking any Art History, Music History, Theatre, or Dance History course. Taking one of these courses will also satisfy 3 credits of the QUEST Arts Distribution requirement. This option is available only to ELA majors who are also majoring in QUEST.

Please use the English Language Arts checklist to help plan and monitor your progress in the major.

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