Advanced Placement Opportunity:
The University accepts the American Council of Education’s recommended scores for CLEP tests. For the English Composition exam, students receive 3 credit hours for completing the exam (essay required) and can submit 3 writing samples to the Coordinator of Composition to receive an additional 3 hours (6 total). For more information about credit granted through CLEP, students should contact the Office of the Registrar.
Program Requirements for English Major:
- Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
- English courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not count toward the English major.
- Courses below the 200 level do not count towards the major; at least 21 of the 33 semester hours must be at the 300 level or above.
- 33 semester hours in 200-400 level English courses, including ENG 497 (Seminar in English) which is the comprehensive experience in the major.
- 6 required credits at the 200-400 level must be in pre-1789 literature courses.
- 200 level requirements: One American, British, or World literature course (3 credits); and One genre course (3 credits).
- 300-400 level requirements: Two historical period courses (Romantic, Victorian, etc.) (6 credits); One major author course (Shakespeare, Frost, Yeats, Beckett, etc.) (3 credits); One school or genre course (Beats, Memoir, African American, etc.) (3 credits); One criticism course (3 credits); One upper-level writing course (3 credits); and Seminar in English (3 credits).
- Successful completion of all assessment requirements required in ENG 497 during the senior year, to include: an oral report, a seminar paper, a panel presentation, and a writing portfolio.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in all English courses applicable toward the degree and the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major.
- Honor courses may count toward the major. The Chair of Humanities, in consultation with the English faculty, will determine which Honors courses may count toward the major.
- Language Requirement: One year of college coursework in a single language with a grade of “C” or better or a demonstrated equivalent competency. Two years of a single language
- are highly recommended for graduate school preparation (sign language is acceptable for English Teacher Licensure majors).
- Recommended Electives: 3 credits outside of major (philosophy, theology, psychology, economics, history, etc.).
- 42 semester hours at the upper level (300-400) in the total degree program.
- The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled through the department’s requirement of word-processing and online research skills in all of the courses. This is shown by student writing and presentations, student use of course-management software content, and library work.
Teacher Licensure Program:
English majors seeking 6-12 teaching licensure are required to take the following courses: ENG 220, 250, 300 and 400; ELE 316, 317 and EDU 362. They must also fulfill the requirements for teacher licensure.
Requirements for a Minor in Literature:
A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.
Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.
Requirements for a Minor in Writing:
- A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
- A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.
- Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
- Nine hours of writing courses beyond ENG 111 and 112. ENG 300 Advanced Writing is required; the remaining six hours must be chosen from among Creative Writing (ENG 306-308), ENG 382 Business Communication, Special Topics (ENG 200-400), ENG 480 Practicum, and ENG 485 Internship .
- 9 hours of literature courses, at least one at the 300-400 level.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
- Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.
To graduate with honors in English, students must have:
- A grade point average of 3.5 in English courses.
- Six hours of history beyond general education requirements (which may be satisfied by completing a semester of non-American History and a semester of American History).
- Twelve (12) hours (two years) (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language at the college level.
Membership in the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta (Rho Rho Chapter), is available to students.