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Linguistics and Rhetoric (39 Credits)

Beginning Fall 2013

The concentration in Linguistics and Rhetoric is designed to provide students with a comprehensive course of study in the structures, uses, and ideologies of discourse in various types of texts, genres, and domains: from everyday talk to persuasive writing. Students will gain a complex understanding of spoken and written discourse by comparing a wide range of philosophical underpinnings, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches. This concentration is particularly suited for students who are interested in graduate study in Linguistics, Rhetoric, Applied Linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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. Three Required Composition and Rhetoric Courses (9 credits)

1. ENGL 301 Theory and Practice of Expository Writing

2. Two additional courses in rhetoric chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 340 History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 341 Rhetorical Principles of Expository Writing
  • ENGL 342* Topics in Rhetoric

C. Three Required Linguistics Courses (9 Credits)

1. ENGL 331 Structure of Modern English

2. Two additional courses in linguistics chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 330 Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 332 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 333* Topics in Language and Linguistics
  • ENGL 346 Discourse Analysis
  • ENGL 347 Language and Ethnicity
  • ENGL 348 English Across the World

D. Three Required Literature Courses (9 Credits)

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

2. One additional course in literature chosen from the following:

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

3. One additional course in literature chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 317 Topics in Non-European Literary Traditions
  • ENGL 318 Topics in Literature of Non-European Americans
  • ENGL 320 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 321 Topics in African American Literature
  • ENGL 323 Topics in Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 324 Topics in Native American Literature
  • ENGL 325 Postcolonial Literature in English
  • ENGL 326 Topics in US Latina/o Literature
  • ENGL 327 Topics in Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL 329 Topics in Cross-Cultural Literature in English

*ENGL 333 and ENGL 342 may be taken multiple times in different topics to fulfill both required and elective courses

E. Three Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Students may select electives from any 300- or 400-level English courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors Seminars (ENGL 494). ENGL 306 Literary Theory is strongly recommended for all Linguistics and Rhetoric students. Students may also choose from courses related to linguistics or rhetoric offered in other departments, such as Anthropology (e.g., ANTH 151 Introduction to Linguistics; ANTH 320 Language, Sex, and Gender; ANTH 351 Language in Culture and Society), Classics (e.g., CLA 110 Greek and Latin Roots of English), and Philosophy (e.g., PHILO 103 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking); or from courses in foreign language study that are beyond those taken in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement (e.g., advanced courses in a second language, beginning courses in a third language). 

All English majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department. 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.

Please use the Linguistics and Rhetoric checklist to help plan and monitor your progress in the major.

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