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2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

English - BA


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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • The following courses will fulfill the Communication Intensive requirement for students enrolled in each of the four emphases: Literary Studies--courses having CI designation (such as  ); Professional and Technical Writing--  and   (both required); English Teaching--  and   (both required); Creative Writing--two courses having CI designation ( ,   or  ).
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement


Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
    Or
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
    Or
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
    Or
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
    Or
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Credits in Residence


Students must complete 21 credits of major-applicable coursework at Utah State University.

Course Requirements


Core/Explore Requirements (9 credits)

Students must complete 9 credits of exploration courses. Students must choose one course from each section: culture, literature, and writing. 

Students should complete the exploratory requirements as early as possible.

Literature Exploration (3 credits)


Note:


In addition, all English majors, except for students in the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis, are advised to complete ENGL 2600  as soon as possible before enrolling in upper-division courses. Differing requirements for the Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis are shown below. 

Literary Studies Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 , ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.75 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.75 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative; 2.0 career total

Minimum Grade Accepted: C within major courses (no grades of pass/fail)

Number of required credits:42

This emphasis is devoted to the study of literature. Its fundamental premise is that literature is a field of diverse representations that gives shape and meaning to human experience.

Students are strongly urged to take the courses in sequence as much as possible—that is, to complete ENGL 2600  and the other exploratory requirements early, before taking upper-level literature courses. Students are further urged to take at least two Literary History courses at the 3000-level before attempting the 4000-level Authors and Genres courses.

At the 3000 level, the Literary History courses are designed to give students a solid grounding in British, American, and World literature, and to situate that literature within larger historical contexts and artistic movements.

At the 4000 level, students engage in the intensive study of literary genres, and of the works of particular writers. These courses invite students to think critically about how literature is constructed and organized as a field of knowledge.

At the 5000 level, students engage in the advanced study of literature within various interdisciplinary contexts, from the social to the scientific. These Special Topics courses provide the theoretical tools necessary to analyze the relationship between literature and other modes of understanding and representing the world.

Students in the Literary Studies emphasis are strongly urged to take at least four semesters of coursework in a second language (or to pass a proficiency test at the level of 2020 or above), and to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree rather than a bachelor of science.  Knowledge of other languages is crucial to a fully developed understanding of literature, culture, and language more generally.  Graduate programs in literature generally expect knowledge of a second language from applicants, and a BA degree is the norm for English majors around the nation.

Students in the Literary Studies Emphasis, furthermore, are strongly urged to select a minor in a field that will broaden their knowledge of the world and is closely allied to Literary Studies, such as American studies, folklore, women and gender studies, history, religious studies, a foreign language, classics, art history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, geography, or sociology.  For more information, visit the Literary Studies Emphasis website, accessed through a link at http://english.usu.edu/. 

A. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


Students in the Literary Studies Emphasis should take ENGL 2600  as early as possible.

  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)

 

C. Authors and Genres (12 credits)


Select this course:

Select one or two courses from the following authors courses:

Select one or two courses from the following genre studies courses:

Distribution

In categories B and C above, the courses must include:

D. Literature and Culture (3 credits)


Select the following course:

Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 , ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.75 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.75 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative; 2.0 career total

Minimum Grade Accepted: C in courses taught by major, B- in ENGL 1410 , ENGL 3400  and ENGL 3410  (up to 3 credits with pass/fail grades allowed for internship)

Number of required credits:42

Other Requirements: Grammar Challenge Exam (score of at least 80 percent) or ENGL 1410  

This emphasis prepares students for career opportunities in various writing-related careers in professional organizations.   The emphasis consists of: (1) a theoretical foundation in rhetoric and linguistics, enabling students to assess writing situations and meet the rhetorical exigencies they will face in the workplace; and (2) writing practice in a variety of contexts with a range of technological tools, preparing them to design, write, and edit professional documents.

Students begin their studies by completing two introductory professional writing courses familiarizing students with professional writing and the current technologies used in all levels of text production.  These courses, ENGL 3400  and ENGL 3410 , are prerequisites for the rest of the major and must be passed with a grade of B- or better for the student to continue in the program.  In addition, students will take two courses addressing rhetorical issues and research methods in professional communication, as well as one course in linguistics.

Students then take five major courses, including professional editing, document design and graphics, interactive media, and publication production and management.  Students may also take courses focusing on more specific forms of writing, such as proposals, newsletters, and computer documentation.  We encourage and can help procure internships, which provide students with an opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences in a variety of organizations.  Students complete the program by taking a capstone course, in which they design and construct portfolios, explore professional opportunities, and prepare to begin their careers.  For more information, visit the Professional and Technical Writing  website: http://techcomm.usu.edu/.

Note:  As soon as possible, students in this emphasis should acquire a mastery of word processing and desktop publishing programs.

A. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)

B. Introductory Professional Writing Courses (6 credits)


F. Capstone Seminar (3 credits)


G. Intensive/English Elective (3 credits)


If you have taken a professional and technical writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Requirement, you must select one course from the following list:

English Teaching Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 , ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.75 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.75 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative (2.75 USU cumulative required for admission to STEP); 2.75 career total (for licensure)

Minimum Grade Accepted: C (no pass/fail) in major courses; B- in STEP courses (Note: C- or better in Quantitative Literacy (QL) course required by the Secondary Education Program)

Number of Required Credits: 42 (45 if required to take ENGL 1410 )

Other Requirements: Teaching minor, STEP (35 credits) required for licensure, Grammar Challenge Exam (score of at least 80 percent) or ENGL 1410   

This emphasis, leading to professional licensure in the teaching of secondary-level English, prepares prospective English teachers to participate actively in the many communities related to the profession. Students become well-versed in their academic subject matter (language, writing, literature, and multimedia); skilled in the methods of teaching the various components of the English curriculum and in classroom management techniques; and committed to the achievement of all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or socioeconomic standing. 

In addition to the required exploratory courses, students take 18 credits in literature courses in order to acquire an understanding of the traditional literary canon, literary diversity, and current theoretical approaches to understanding literature.  Students take 12 credits in pedagogy to learn about curriculum, planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and related topics.  Students take 3 credits of an English elective, allowing them an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest.

Students are urged to complete the required Exploratory courses and an additional 6 credits of English prior to taking ENGL 4500  and ENGL 4510 .  When possible, students should complete all of their required 3000-level courses before taking 4000-level courses.

If students wish to obtain professional licensure at graduation, they must also fulfill the requirements of the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) prescribed by the Secondary Education Program of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL).

A. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)
Select this course:

Select two literature elective courses as indicated (6 credits)

  • One literature course numbered 3305 or higher 3
  • One literature elective numbered 4xxx or 5xxx 3
Distribution

Among the literature courses selected (here in category B or in the English elective in category D below), there must be one course in American literature and one course in world literature.

C. English Teaching Courses (12 credits)


D. English elective (3 credits)


  • Select an English course numbered 3305 or higher (includes courses in creative writing, professional and technical writing, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies) 3

E. Grammar Competency


In addition to fulfilling the above requirements, students in the English Education emphasis must fulfill a grammar competency requirement. This may be accomplished either by enrolling in ENGL 1410 , or by passing a challenge exam in the English Department Writing Center (Ray B. West 104) with a score of 80 percent or better. See the English undergraduate advisor for further information.

F. Teaching Minor


Students in the English Education emphasis also complete a teaching minor. Required number of credit hours varies depending on the option selected. See the English undergraduate advisor for further information.

G. Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) (35 credits)


To receive a license to teach in the public school system, students in the English Teaching emphasis must also complete the 35-credit STEP administered through the Secondary Education Program of the School of TEAL. Students must be admitted to STEP before taking STEP courses. Among the requirements is a Criminal Background Check. See an advisor in the Secondary Education Program of the School of TEAL , Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, for further information regarding this program. Prior to student teaching, students must pass the required Praxis exams.

Please note a change that went into effect in 2014. The Utah State Office of Education now requires all institutions to mandate a 3.0 minimum GPA requirement for admission. Students are also required to submit and meet the minimum ACT scores as listed below. The new admission requirements began August 1, 2014.

ACT Composite = 21

ACT Math = 19

ACT English = 20

Creative Writing Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 , ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.75 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.75 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative; 2.0 career total

Minimum Grade Accepted: C within major courses (no grades of pass/fail). B- or better in ENGL 3420 , ENGL 3430  and ENGL 3440 .

Number of required credits: 42

This emphasis is devoted to the art of literary writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. Through practice in specific genres and a comprehensive study of literature, students learn the craft of literary writing as discovered and practiced over the last three thousand years of written human culture. The emphasis prepares undergraduates for graduate work in creative writing and develops critical, cognitive, and writing skills applicable in numerous professional fields.

Since creative writers must have a broad knowledge of literature, students first complete two of the 3000-level literature history courses that provide an overview of major periods, authors, and genres in American, British and World literature. They also take ENGL 2600 - Literary Analysis , which introduces methodologies of literary criticism.

Also at the 3000-level, students begin their work as creative writers, taking three introductory writing courses in three genres: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 

At the 4000 and 5000-level, students concentrate their training as creative writers, taking three courses in advanced fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing, which can be repeated. They also take two courses focused on the study of a single author, a course in the study of one's chosen genre or a course in Literature and Culture.

Creative Writing Residency Requirements

As part of the 21 credits completed at Utah State University to meet department residency requirements, Creative Writing students must complete two of the three advanced Creative Writing courses at Utah State University.

A. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)

C. Creative Writing Courses (15 credits or 18 credits)


Distribution

If you have taken a Creative Writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Writing requirement, then select two of these courses. You will also take an additional English Elective course (see below)

Select three of the following courses (note that some are repeatable, and can be taken more than once to meet requirement)

D. Literature Courses (6 credits)


Select two of the following courses:

Note:

The Authors courses vary according to the specialty of the faculty member teaching the course.

Note:

The Genre courses vary according to the specialty of the faculty member teaching the course.

E. English Electives (3 credits or 6 credits)


  • Distribution- If you have taken a Professional and Technical Writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Writing Requirement (see A above), then select one English elective course numbered 3305 or higher (includes courses in creative writing, professional and technical writing, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies) 3
  • Distribution- If you have taken a Creative Writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Writing Requirement, then select two English Elective courses numbered 3305 or higher (includes courses in creative writing, professional and technical writing, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies) 6

English Major-Creative Writing Emphasis Four Year Plan (Suggested Schedule)


Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan.

Freshman Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Sophomore Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Junior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


  • ENGL 3420 - Fiction Writing 3
  • English Literary History course 3
  • University QI Graduation Requirement 3
  • English Upper Division Elective course 3
  • Elective course 3

Second Semester (15 credits)


Senior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


  • English Advanced Creative Writing 3
  • English Upper Division Elective course 3
  • Elective courses 9

English Major-Literary Studies Emphasis Four Year Plan (Suggested Schedule)


Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan.

Freshman Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Sophomore Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


  • University QI Graduation Requirement 3
  • University DSS Graduation Requirement 3
  • English Creative Writing 3
  • English Literary History 3
  • Elective course 3

Junior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


  • English Authors 3
  • English Genre 3
  • English Literary History 3
  • Elective courses 6

Senior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


  • English CI Literature and Culture 3
  • English Authors or Genre 3
  • Elective Courses 9

Second Semester (15 credits)


  • English CI Literature and Culture 3
  • English Literary History 3
  • Elective courses 9

English Major-Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis Four Year Plan (Suggested Schedule)


Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan.

Freshman Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Sophomore Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Junior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Senior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


  • English Applied Creative Writing course 3
  • English Tech Writing Upper Division course 3
  • Elective courses 9

English Major-Teaching Emphasis Four Year Plan (Suggested Schedule)


Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan.

Freshman Year (30-31 credits)


Sophomore Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


  • ENGL 4300 - Shakespeare 3
  • English Literary History course 3
  • English 3XXX or higher Literature Elective course 3
  • Engligh 4XXX or higher Literature Elective course 3
  • Required Teaching Minor course 3

Junior Year (30 credits)


First Semester (15 credits)


Second Semester (15 credits)


Senior Year (53+ credits)


First Semester (18 credits)


  • Required Teaching Minor courses 18

Second Semester (35+ credits)


Minimum University Requirements


Total Credits

120

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better

100

Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)

40

USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)

12

Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )

3

General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 

 

 

 

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