English

The English major allows students to understand many of the significant experiences and issues of human existence as they are expressed in literature. Through this major, graduates learn to communicate thoughts and insights through effective writing and speech.

Unique Features

The English major provides the opportunity for students to gain experience across many areas, including literature, writing, drama or communication. Participation in a cross-cultural learning experience is also encouraged, though it is not required for this degree. For those who wish to teach at the secondary grade level, the English secondary teaching emphasis is also offered.

Our Graduates

The Bachelor of Arts in English provides students with a broad background in the communicative arts, which can be used in a variety of careers including library work, writing (various forms), education and various positions in the media and journalism.

Courses

General Education or Other Prerequisites (3 Courses, 9 Units)

  • COM-110 Written Communication (3)
  • COM-120 Oral Communication (3)
  • LIT-180 Introduction to Literature (3)

Required Courses (49 Units Minimum)

Core Courses

  • COM-345 Composition Theory and Writing (3)
  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • LIT-395 Text and Performance (3)
  • LIT-415 Shakespeare (3)
  • LIT-460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)
  • LIT-480 Narrative (3)

Literature Courses

Select one of the following:

  • LIT-350 American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy (3)
  • LIT-355 American Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century (3)
  • LIT-360 American Literature: 20th Century (3)

Select one of the following:

  • LIT-400 Medieval Life, Thought and Literature (4)
  • LIT-420 English Literature: Romantic and Victorian Literature (3)
  • LIT-425 English Literature: 20th Century Literature (3)

Select two of the following:

  • LIT-370 The Novel (3)
  • LIT-380 World Theater: Roots to 1800 (3)
  • LIT-385 World Theater: 1800 to Present (3)
  • LIT-445 Latin American Literature (3)
  • LIT-448 Multicultural Literature (3)

Language Courses

Select one of the following:

  • COM-350 Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • COM-455 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • LANG-350 Modern English Grammar (3)

Writing Courses

Select two from the following:

  • COM-300 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
  • COM-310 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
  • COM-320 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
  • COM-330 Reading and Writing Journalism (3)

Internships and Practica

Select one of the following:

  • COM-155 Journalism Practicum (1-2)
  • COM-340 Composition Practicum (1)
  • COM-365 Video Practicum (1-2)
  • COM-496 Communication Internship (1-3)
  • DRA-310 Drama Practicum (1-2)
  • DRA-315 Drama Practicum: The Company (2)
  • DRA-496 Drama Internship (1-3)
  • LIT-496 Literature Internship (1-3)
  • Students may write in another internship or practicum with program director approval.

Electives

In consultation with the program director select three additional courses from those listed in Literature Courses, Language Courses and Writing Courses or from the following list:

  • COM-335 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • COM-346 Scriptwriting (3)
  • COM-355 Media Aesthetics (3)
  • COM-360 Digital Video Production (3)
  • COM-368 Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric (3)
  • COM-370 Audio Production (3)
  • COM-380 Film Studies (3)
  • COM-385 Cinematography: Visual Story Telling (3)
  • COM-390 Creating on the Web (3)
  • COM-410 Media and Society (3)
  • COM-420 Conflict Management and Resolution (3)
  • COM-430 Gropu Dynamics and Leadership (3)
  • COM-440 Performance and Culture (3)
  • COM-450 Communication Theory (3)
  • DRA-350 Acting (3)
  • DRA-355 Creative Drama (3)
  • DRA-360 Directing and Staging Texts (3)
  • LAN-310 First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • LAN-320- Teaching English Language Learners (3)
  • LAN-420 Teaching English as an Additional Language (3)
  • LAN-462 Literacy Development for Adult English Learners (3)
  • LIT-382 Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis (4)
  • LIT-405 The Renaissanceand English Literature (4)
  • LIT-410 Early Modern Europe (4)
  • LIT-426 English Literature: C.S. Lewis (3)
  • LIT-440 Spanish Literature (3)
  • LIT-449 LIterature and Film (3)
  • LIT-465 Literature for Children and Young Adults (3)

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