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2020-2021 General Catalog

English: Literature Emphasis - BA, BS


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For more information about English: Literature Emphasis, see the Department of English website.

Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.

Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and log on to Degree Works to check student-specific program progress.

 

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
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL)  of the student’s choice.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.75 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

* Any Quantitative Literacy (QL) course, but STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)  is recommended 3  or 5     ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3    
ENGL Culture Exploration Course   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15-17   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     ENGL Writing Exploration Course 3  
ENGL 2600: Literary Analysis   3     ENGL Literary Histories Course 3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Quantitative Intensive (QI) Course   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) Course   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL Literary Histories Course 3   ENGL Literary Histories Course 3  
ENGL Authors and Genres Course 3   ENGL Authors and Genres Course 3  
Upper-Division ENGL Elective 3   Upper-Division ENGL Elective 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

Literature and Culture Course (CI) 3   Upper-Division ENGL Literature Elective 3  
ENGL Authors and Genres Course 3   Elective Course or ENGL Diversity Course (if needed) 3  
Upper-Division ENGL Elective 3   Communications Intensive (CI) Course   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Literature Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.5 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.5 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.5 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

Credits in Residence: Students must complete 21 credits of major-applicable coursework at Utah State University.

The Literature emphasis combines the pleasures of reading fiction, poetry, and drama with the practices of communication, reasoning, and research.

Literature students will learn to be skilled writers, clear speakers, and critical thinkers. They can solve problems both logically and creatively, both independently and in teams. Graduates will thus be well prepared to pursue their individual goals in a wide variety of educational and professional paths. They can also look forward to a lifetime of intellectual curiosity and cultural enrichment.

ENGL 2600  is the introductory course in Literary Analysis, which teaches students to read texts closely, to draw connections between form and content, to make interpretative claims, and to write persuasive arguments.

At the 3000 level, the courses in Literary Histories teach students to draw connections between literature and its historical contexts, and to read texts in conversation with one another. 

At the 4000 level, courses in Authors and Genres invite students to slice up the field of literature in other ways by studying the work of particular authors and the evolution of specific genres. The Literature and Culture courses at the 5000 level are repeatable and serve as a capstone to the student’s Literature emphasis.

ENGL 5300  is a Special Topics course, which brings together diverse literary texts in imaginative ways, encouraging students to think across historical, biographical, and generic boundaries. ENGL 5310  is a course on Contemporary Literature, in which students bring literary history up to the present day. ENGL 5320  and ENGL 5330  explore literary and cultural representations of, respectively, gender identities and sexualities, and racial and ethnic identities. ENGL 5340 , a course on Multimedia Literature, gives students a chance to explore new and emerging forms of literary and cultural representation.

The emphasis includes 12 elective credits: one additional literature course and three additional English courses in any emphasis. Students may devote three of these credits to an internship that combines their academic skills with their professional interests.

A. English Department Requirements


Students should take note of the superscripts to find emphasis-specific requirements. 

Literature Exploration (3 credits)


Writing Exploration (3 credits)


Diversity Requirement


All English majors are required to take one course that examines the experiences, perspectives, literatures, cultures, and/or creative expressions of underrepresented and/or marginalized communities. For this requirement, the USU English department includes communities who have been underrepresented or marginalized due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and/or the intersections of these identities in conjunction with one another and with class. If a course listed under the Diversity Requirement appears under another requirement for the major, the course may be used to fulfill both requirements.

Emphasis Requirements


E. Literature Elective (3 credits)


Select one additional course from sections B, C, or D above.

F. English Electives (9 credits)


Select three additional English courses numbered 3000 or above from any emphasis (including courses in literature, creative writing, technical communication and rhetoric, English teaching, American studies, and linguistics).

No more than three elective credits may be taken as ENGL 4900: Internship/Cooperative Work Experience .

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