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Areas of Study

Overview

Admission to the English minor program Requirements:

●      grade of B or better in any ENG Literature course or ENG 250 or their equivalents;

●      Recommendation from one English instructor;

●      One writing sample, preferably an essay written for ENG 250 or their equivalents;

●      An unofficial transcript; and

●      A statement of interest in the English minor.

All of these materials are to be given to the major/minor coordinator. Admission to the minor is conditional upon review by the major/minor coordinator. Students who are not approved by the major/minor coordinator may appeal to the department chair.

To graduate in the program, English minors must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better in their minor coursework. English minors are also expected to demonstrate academic and personal integrity in minor coursework and interactions with faculty and peers, as specified in the University’s and department’s Academic and Personal Integrity Policies. Violations of either will result in probation for the remainder of the student’s minor coursework, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Further violations will result in dismissal from the minor, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Students may appeal such decisions to the department chair school leader and/or university Academic Integrity Committee. 

Courses & Requirements

Summary of Requirements

Required pre-minor courses 3 hours

OR any ENG Literature course

Surveys genres and modalities of professional writing, including social media and writing for the web. Provides an overview of areas such as digital publishing, new media journalism, business and technical writing, and editing. Develops a rhetorical understanding of professional writing as the ability to write in response to elements including audience, purpose, medium, and design.

Elective English courses 15 hours

ENG 433 and ENG 435: topic to be specified

Choose fivecourses:

Study of narrative and dramatic works with an emphasis on literature. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be dual listed with GSR 210, 220, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses.

Study of narrative and dramatic works with an emphasis on literature. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be dual listed with GSR 210, 220, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses.

Study of important and representative works of literature written by D/deaf authors. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be dual listed with GSR 210, 220, 230, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses.

Study of important and representative works of popular culture, genres, and literary forms. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be cross-listed with GSR 210, 220, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses. The course can be repeated if topic changes.

Study of important and representative works of literature and literary forms that make up the African American literary tradition. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be dual listed with GSR 210, 220, 230, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses.

Study of important and representative works of literature by women. The unifying theme of this course is the creative expression by women, in all genres and including journals, of their personal and cultural experiences. An introduction to feminist critical theory will be offered to provide a context for the works. When offered for 4 credits, this course will be dual listed with GSR 210, 220, 230, or 240 and will address the Student Learning Outcomes of these courses.

Study and intensive practice of writing in digital environments, with a focus on journalistic contexts. Examines technical and rhetorical features of online environments, including interactivity, hyperlinking, spatial orientation, and non-linear storytelling. Focuses on the writing conventions and standards of digital media, as well as editing techniques and competencies.

Study and intensive practice of composition in social media genres. Examines rhetorical conventions for digital communication and the dissemination of information through social media for professional purposes, including developing a social media content strategy and analytics. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues such as copyright and authorship, visual literacy, and moderation of collaborative online environments.

Study and intensive practices of inventing, shaping, producing, and delivering text, audio, video, and images aesthetically and purposefully. Examines various genres of and technical platforms for multimedia composition. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues relevant to digital media such as universal access and participatory culture.

This course is a survey of representative writers and literary forms that make up the Hispanic-American literary tradition.

Study of media literacy, including techniques and strategies used to analyze the use of diverse media to inform, entertain, and sell. Examines diverse media messages in advertisements, television, film, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, such as resumes, letters of application, emails, memos, short proposals and reports.

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, with a focus on longer proposals and reports.

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, with a focus on grant applications and reports, letters of introduction, and other fundraising materials.

This course will deal with these features: news, feature, and editorial writing; copy editing and fact checking; headline writing; and page layout, both in print and online. This course touches on the growing possibilities and ethical considerations for journalism in the digital age.

Surveys theories of composition and language acquisition, with the aim of providing a context for students interested in teaching professions. Examines current cognitive studies of how people learn and use language. Students will write compositions following the different approaches studied.

Introduction to the study and intensive practice of creative writing. The course will touch on fiction, drama, poetry, and other creative forms. Analysis and critique of students' writings in group and individual conferences. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours if topics differ.

Intermediate study and intensive practice in creative writing in a specific genre or topic. Intended for intermediate level students with knowledge of and experience in the fundamentals of creative writing in the genre or topic of study (topics will vary by semester). Analysis and critique of students' writings in group and individual conferences. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours if topics differ.

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United Kingdom, from the medieval era to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in British literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United States, from its origins to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in American literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

This course provides students with an overview of multicultural literature in conjunction with the historical and contemporary issues facing each culture. The texts discussed in this course may include Hispanic/Chicano/Chicana literature, African American literature, American Indian literature, Deaf literature, Gay/Lesbian literature, English from the former colonies/postcolonial literature, and others. The course will focus on the techniques and strategies implemented by the authors to undermine and question mainstream attitudes and values through an investigation of questions such as these: What is ''minority?'' How is identity formulated in the margins?

Introduction to quality adolescent literature and examination of issues relevant to the reading and teaching of the genre. The history and characteristics of adolescent literature will be explored, along with theoretical approaches to reading and interpretation, issues of multiculturalism and diversity, and the relationships between adolescent literature and 'classic' adult literature.

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

This course is an analysis of the poetic and dramatic structure of some of Shakespeare's major comedies, tragedies, romances, and history plays, with a consideration of the background of the plays.

This course is a study of the life and works of a major author writing in the English language, such as Chaucer or Milton. The author to be studied in any given semester will be announced at registration.

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Individual work for juniors and seniors in an area of special interest; designed and carried out by the student in consultation with the instructor.

Memoir is one of the hot genres right now. Real stories affect us in ways that fictional stories don’t. There is power in knowing that the stories we are reading really happened to the person who wrote it--or at least they claim the stories happened! People aren’t always truthful, and memories are not always reliable; we will talk about this too as we read, discuss, and analyze memoirs by deaf and hard of hearing writers from a variety of backgrounds. We will read memoirs from members of the Deaf community, and from those outside of it--and of many different intersectional identities. 

The genre of travel literature encompasses outdoor literature, guidebooks, nature writing, and travel memoirs. This course will focus on a specified topic that includes a selection of fictional and non-fictional texts all included under the broad category of 'travel literature'. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours if topics differ.

Since ancient times, ghost stories have played an important role in storytelling and in folklore from cultures around the world.  As we read and analyze ghosts in literature, folklore, and pop culture, we will assess how these stories create voice and identity, and how ghosts are used as metaphors. Readings will include the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts; the Indian bhuta; the Hungry Ghost Festival in China; and the role of ghosts in Mexico. The course readings also will help us unpack American history that is on the fringes as we grapple with the ways that individual identities are constructed within historical memory.

This course will employ critical literacy and graphic novels’ academic disciplines and encourage students to apply various popular graphic novels’ knowledge, modes of inquiry, and technological competence.  In addition, students will learn and discuss how graphic novels can be used as resources for critical literacy and deliver messages about the current social issues. The reading assignments will provide a variety of situations and characters to develop moral reasoning skills to address the positions and challenges provided in the readings regarding the -isms and the balance of privilege/power.

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