Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 23.0101
Major Code ENG
Department Code ENG
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/english/

In small seminar-style classes, students majoring in English develop deep appreciation of the literature and literary tradition of Britain and America as they learn to be thoughtful critics of various literary genres.  Many professions value the skills developed by this degree, such as reflective reading, critical thinking, effective writing, and articulate oral expression.

Mission

The B.A. degree in English with a concentration in British and American Literature provides a solid foundation in the literary traditions of the English language, through the practice of informed literary criticism.  By the time English majors graduate, they are able to understand and analyze complex works of literature, write about and discuss them in meaningful, thoughtful terms, and critically evaluate them.  Students demonstrate their achievement of the degree’s intended outcomes in the Senior Seminar.  The program prepares students to communicate effectively.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the B.A. degree in English develops the ability to do the following:

  • Analyze and evaluate literary texts in light of various cultural contextual issues that may impact their creation and/or reception.
  • Analyze and evaluate literature as an art form, evidencing certain aesthetic principles that are relative and dynamic.
  • Analyze and evaluate criteria used in canonization in relation to writers and texts in the British and American traditions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the conduct of literary argument and the judicious use of primary and secondary textual support.
  • Write effective, correct scholarly prose, in accordance with MLA style.

Policies

Students majoring in English must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CLASS, as well as the following:

  • A 2.50 GPA in the major is required for graduation
  • American Sign Language is not accepted to meet the foreign language requirement

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

The following required courses of the General Education curriculum are prerequisites for the English major:

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Credit Hours
ENC X101 or ENC XXXX(1) ENC 1101 3
ENC X102 or ENC  XXXX(1) ENC 1102 3
(1)Six semester hours of English coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments.  Note: C or better is required for all coursework.

 

British and American Literature (LIT) Concentration Program of Study

A minimum of 39 semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in English Literature, although students may elect to take more.

Degree Core (9 credits, should be taken at USFSM)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature 3 None 6ACO, SMHU; If not taken before, must be taken in first semester of upper-level work
ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENC 1102 Should be taken in first semester of upper-level work or immediately after LIT 2000 is completed; must be taken within first 30 upper-level hours
ENG 4934 Senior Literature Seminar 3 PR: ENG 3014; Senior Standing 6ACO, SMCC; Should be taken in last semester; must be taken within last 30 upper-level hours

Degree Distribution Categories

Ten (10) courses (30 credits), at least two (2) of which must cover literature written prior to 1860, distributed as follows:  Courses that cover literature written prior to 1860 include AML 3031, AML 4111, ENL 3015, ENL 3230, ENL 3251, ENL 3331, ENL 3332, ENL 4122, ENL 4311, ENL 4338, ENL 4341, ENL 4501, LIT 3101, LIT 3202, and LIT 3374.  Some Selected Topics, Selected Authors, and Studies courses may also count toward this degree requirement; speak with an advisor.

1. One (1) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AML 3031 American Literature From the Beginnings to 1860 3  None  Pre-1860
AML 3032 American Literature From 1860 to 1912 3  None
AML 3051 American Literature From 1912-1945 3  None

2. Two (2) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945 3 None

3. Seven (7) of the following, at least two (2) of which must be 4000-level courses:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AML 3031 American Literature From the Beginnings to 1860 3 None Pre-1860
AML 3032 American Literature 1860 to 1912 3 None
AML 3051 American Literature 1912-1945 3 None
AML 3604 African American Literature 3 None
AML 3630 U.S. Latino/Latina Literature in English 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENC 1102 SMCD
AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel 3 None Pre-1860
AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel 3 None
AML 4261 Literature of the South 3 None
AML 4300 Selected American Authors 3 None May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor; may be taken twice for credit with different topics
AML 4931 American Literary Movements and Genres 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
AML 4933 Studies in American Literature and Culture 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
ENC 3310 Expository Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD
ENC 4311 Advanced Composition 3 PR: ENC 3310; CI
ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENC 1102
ENG 4013 Literary Criticism 3 None
ENG 4060 History of the English Language 3 None
ENG 4906 Individual Research 1-4 None
ENG 4940 Internship in English 1-4 English Majors only
ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945 3 None
ENL 3331 Early Shakespeare 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 3332 Late Shakespeare 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 4122 19th Century British Novel 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 4132 British Novel: Conrad to the Present 3 None
ENL 4303 Selected British Authors 3 None May cover pre-1860; check with an advisor; may be taken twice for credit with different topics
ENL 4311 Chaucer 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 4338 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare 3 PR: ENL 3331 or ENL 3332 Pre-1860
ENL 4341 Milton 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 4501 Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature 3 None Pre-1860
ENL 4930 Selected Topics 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
ENL 4931 Studies in British Literature and Culture 3 PR: ENC 1102 May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
LIN 4671 Traditional English Grammar 3 None
LIN 4680 Structure of American English 3 None
LIT 3022 Modern Short Prose 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENC 1102
LIT 3031 Survey of Poetry 3 None  SMCD
LIT 3043 Modern Drama 3 None
LIT 3093 Contemporary Literature 3 None  SMCD
LIT 3101 Literature of the Western World Through the Renaissance 3 None Pre-1860
LIT 3102 Literature of the Western World Since the Renaissance 3 None Pre-1860
LIT 3144 Modern European Novel 3 None
LIT 3374 The Bible as Literature 3 None Pre-1860
LIT 3410 Religious and Philosophical Themes 3 None May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
LIT 3353 Literature, Race, and Ethnicity 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better
LIT 3513 Literature, Gender, and Sexuality 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better
LIT 3930 Special Topics in English Studies 3 None May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women 3 None May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor
LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies 3 None May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor; May be taken twice for credit with different topics
LIT 4931 Studies in World Literature and Culture 3 PR: ENC 1102 with a grade of C- or better May cover Pre-1860; check with an advisor

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the English degree allow for electives outside the major. Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies. Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USFSM would well complement an English degree: History, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology, Religious Studies, or Sociology.