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 CAS, as well as the following:

  • A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation
  • 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
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature 3 None If not taken before, must be taken in first semester of upper-level work
ENG 4013 Literary Criticism 3 None 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 4013, Senior
registration status.
Should be taken in last semester; must be taken within last 30 upper-level hours

Degree Distribution Categories

Ten (10) courses (30 credits) distributed as follows:

1. Two of the following:

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

2. Four of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616 3 None
ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780 3 None
ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900 3 None
ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945 3 None
ENL 3331 Early Shakespeare 3 None
ENL 3332 Late Shakespeare 3 None

3. Four (4) of the following, at least two (2) of which must be 4000-level courses:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
AML 3031 American Literature to 1860 3 None
AML 3032 American Literature 1860-1912 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
AML 4111 19th Century American Novel 3 None
AML 4121 20th Century American Novel 3 None
AML 4261 Literature of the South 3 None
AML 4300 Selected American Authors (may be taken twice for credit with different topics) 3 None
ENC 3310 Expository Writing 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENG 1102
ENG 4060 History of the English Language 3 None
ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616 3 None
ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780 3 None
ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900 3 None
ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945 3 None
ENL 3331 Early Shakespeare 3 None
ENL 3332 Late Shakespeare 3 None
ENL 4122 19th Century British Novel 3 None
ENL 4132 British Novel: Conrad to the present 3 None
ENL 4303 Selected British Authors (may be taken twice for credit with different topics) 3 None
ENL 4311 Chaucer 3 None
ENL 4338 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare 3 PR: ENL 3331 or ENL 3332
ENL 4341 Milton 3 None
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
LIT 3101 Lit of the Western World Through Renaissance 3 None
LIT 3102 Lit of the Western World Since Renaissance 3 None
LIT 3144 Modern European Novel 3 None
LIT 3374 Bible as Literature 3 None
LIT 3410 Religious and Philosophical Themes 3 None
LIT 3930 Special Topics in English Studies 3 None
LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women 3 None
LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies (may be taken twice for credit with different topics) 3 None

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.