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English 

English Minors


Policy

  • Students majoring in English and English secondary education must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in English courses in order to continue in the English program. Any student whose English GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on probation for one semester. If the English GPA is not raised to at least 2.0 by the end of this one-semester grace period, the student may not enroll in additional English courses as an English major. No student will be allowed to graduate as an English major if his/her GPA in English courses is below 2.0.
  • A student who fails ENGL-255 twice will be dismissed from the English major.
  • At the end of the spring semester, as part of English 227, Symposium, all sophomore English majors must submit a portfolio of five–six papers that show the development of the six student learning outcomes of the English major.  In some cases, as with transfer students, students may substitute papers written in other courses.
    • The complete sophomore portfolio must include a reflective essay of 8-10 double-spaced pages. In that essay, the students must explain how the papers of the portfolio show the student’s development of the learning outcomes of the major. Although all English majors are working towards common learning outcomes, the department will not expect the same level of development from sophomores that it will from seniors. The sophomore portfolio is submitted electronically to iWebfolio.
    • The English faculty will review each major’s sophomore portfolio twice. The first time, in June, the faculty will decide whether the major is ready to take 455, Junior Colloquium, in the fall of the junior year. If the faculty decides that the major is not ready for 455, the department will require the student to leave the major or ask that the student defer Junior Colloquium until the first semester of his or her senior year. (The faculty may decide the major is not ready because of the quality of the sophomore portfolio or because the portfolio is incomplete.) If the major must defer entry into ENGL 455, then at the end of junior year, the student must provide additional support for the development of the departmental learning outcomes.
    • The second review of the sophomore portfolio comes in the fall semester, when department faculty evaluate all portfolios based on the department’s portfolio rubric. Faculty will also provide a narrative response to each portfolio, pointing out strengths and suggesting areas for improvement for the coming semesters. The review process also allows the department to evaluate its own offerings and curricula.
  • The portfolio process culminates in the graduation portfolio. Senior English majors develop the first draft of the graduation portfolio in the spring of their junior year in Symposium, ENGL 327. As seniors, majors submit a revised graduation portfolio in the fall at the end of ENGL 426, Thesis Proposal. In preparing the graduation portfolio, majors again write a reflective essay of 8-10 pages. In the reflective essay seniors address how well their skill levels in the learning outcomes have advanced or progressed since the sophomore portfolio feedback from the first semester of junior year. The department provides feedback on the graduation portfolio, which students use in completing the final version of the graduation portfolio, submitted via iWebfolio at the end of ENGL 481.
  • All English majors write senior theses related to their concentration in writing, teaching, or literature. Senior English majors propose and gain approval for their planned theses the fall of the senior year in ENGL 426. Seniors complete the senior thesis in the spring in ENGL 481, Senior Seminar, and defend the thesis in Symposium, ENGL 427.
  • The senior thesis is the last piece of the graduation portfolio. Because no single thesis will address all six English student learning outcomes, in the graduation portfolio, students will need to include other papers and evidence that argue for the development of learning outcomes the thesis does not show.
  • See the School of Education Web pages for teacher education policy.  

English Major (Bachelor of Arts or Science)

  • core curriculum and mission seminars – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
  • major requirement –select one emphasis
    • literature emphasis (BA only) – ENGL 220, 221, 231, 232 or 233, 253, 255, 336, 396, 426, 440, 442, 444, 446, 480, 481, three credits from 201, 211, 307, 310, 311, 312, 313, 319, MGMT 300, three credits from 328, 364, 365, 385
    • writing emphasis (BA or BS) –ENGL 201, 210, 211, 220 or 221, 231 or 232 or 233, 253, 255, 307, 336, 396, 426, 440, 442, 444, 446, 480, 481, three courses from 310, 311, 312, 313, 319, MGMT 300
  • School of Letters and Sciences graduation requirement and final degree requirements – see the degree requirements section of this catalog for specific requirements of this major, the Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, as well as final graduation requirements
    The total credits of the major requirements are 47-57. The core curriculum and mission seminars require 38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the 300/400 level, are required to graduate. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.  

English Language Arts, Early Adolescence through Adolescence, Education Major (Bachelor of Arts or Science)

  • core curriculum and mission seminars – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
    Education majors are required to take specific core curriculum courses to satisfy DPI licensure requirements.
  • English requirements – ENGL 220 or 221, 231, 232 or 233, 253, 255, 307, 322 or 325 or 442, 336, 347, 394, 395, 396, 426, 440, 444, 446, 480, 481, 201 or 211 or 310
  • Education requirements – EDUC 150, 215, 255, 306, 316, 330, 332, 390, 459, 482
  • School of Letters and Sciences graduation requirement and final degree requirements – see the degree requirements section of this catalog for specific requirements of this major, the Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, as well as final graduation requirements
    The total credits of the major requirements are 83-90. The core curriculum and mission seminars require 38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the 300/400 level, are required to graduate. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.