Department of English

Main Departmental Office

Auditorium Building, 112

P.O. Box 311307

Denton, TX 76203-1307

(940) 565-2050

Fax: (940) 565-4355

Undergraduate Advising Office

Auditorium Building, 114

James T. Tanner, Chair

Faculty

Professors Duban, Kesterson, Mitchell, Montler, Preston, Ross, Stevens, J.T. Tanner, Vann, Wright. Associate Professors Baird, Bogle, Bond, Eubank, Ford, Holdeman, Palmer, Pettit, Raign, Richardson, Rodman, Shirk, Simpkins, Warde. Assistant Professors Adams, D. Blaine, Chelliah, Cukor-Avila, Leath, Lippincott, Marks, Martin, Muyumba, Parrish, Perez, Vanhoutte. Lecturers Mathews, Spencer.

Introduction

The Department of English offers courses that provide students with opportunities to develop skills in written and oral communication; to gain knowledge of American and British literature, world literature, and major literary types; to study the English language; and to gain experience in technical and creative writing. All courses are open to non-majors.

The study of English language and literature not only prepares students for teaching on all levels from elementary school to college but also equips them to assume positions of responsibility in business, industry and government as managers and supervisors, personnel specialists, consultants, analysts, technical writers, editors, and other important leadership roles. English is widely recognized as a foundation discipline for many of the professions, such as law, journalism, theology, psychology and international diplomacy.

To be an English major or minor is to experience the great literature and thought of our culture and to be prepared to enter the professional world with personal enrichment and insights into the workings of human nature.

English Credit by Examination

AP credit: Incoming freshmen with scores of 3 or higher on the AP English Language and Composition Exam will receive credit for ENGL 1310 and 1320, and those with scores of 3 or higher on the AP English Literature and Composition Examination will receive credit for ENGL 2210 and 2220.

CLEP: Credit for ENGL 1310 and 1320 is available via the CLEP subject test, Freshman College Composition. ENGL 2210 and 2220 are available via the CLEP subject test in American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, or English Literature. Students must write the optional essay for these examinations, which will be forwarded to the English Department for grading if the student meets a minimum on the objective portion of the test. Final determination of credit for 0, 3 or 6 hours will be made by the English Department.

International Baccalaureate Credit: Students who earn a score of 5 or higher on the English A1 higher level examination will receive credit for ENGL 1310, 1320, 2210 and 2220.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Total of 36 semester hours of credit, 12 of which are ENGL 1310 or 1313, ENGL 1320 or 1323 or 2700, and ENGL 2210-2220. (Students in University Honors take ENGL 1311-1321 and 2211-2221.)

On the advanced level, students majoring in English may choose one of the following options for the remaining 24 hours: a concentration in literature or in composition and language. No fewer than three 4000-level courses must be included in the 24 hours.

Option 1: Concentration in Literature:

Required courses are ENGL 4430; one elective from each of the five groups; and two additional courses from groups A, B and D.

Option 2: Concentration in Composition and Language:

Required courses are LING 3060; ENGL 3100, LING 4010 or ENGL 4170; ENGL 3140 or 4180 or LING 4020; ENGL 3150 or 4190 or LING 4040; ENGL 4100 or 4250 or LING 4070; ENGL 4160 or 4760; any two courses from groups A, B and D.

Course Groups in English

Group A, British Literature: ENGL 3410, 3420, 3911, 4410, 4430, 4440, 4470 and 4500.

Group B, American Literature: ENGL 3810, 3820, 3850, 3912, 4400 and 4480.

Group C, Linguistics: LING 3060, 4010, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4070 and 4080.

Group D, World Literature: ENGL 3360, 3450, 3913, 4130, 4140, 4290, 4300, 4420 and 4600.

Group E, Composition and Criticism: ENGL 3100, 3140, 3150, 4100, 4150, 4160, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4250 and 4760.

Written consent of either the undergraduate English adviser or the department chair before registration is necessary for exceptions to group requirements.

3. Electives: See four-year plan.

4. Other requirements: A minimum grade of C in each is required for all English courses counting toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Students majoring in English must contact the Undergraduate Advising Office, Auditorium Building, Room 114, to prepare their degree plans.

Minor in English

The minor requires a total of 21 hours, including 9 advanced (ENGL 4080 does not count toward the minor; ENGL 4900 and 4910 may count toward the minor with the written consent of the department chair).

Minor in English (Technical Writing)

The minor requires a total of 21 semester hours, including 9 advanced hours in ENGL 4180, 4190 and 4250.

Certificate in Technical Writing

Students majoring in English may receive a certificate in technical writing from the department by successfully completing ENGL 2700, 4180, 4190 and 4250.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach English in secondary schools must earn a major and degree in their academic discipline and complete required courses in secondary education. Students must apply for the teacher education program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall 105, and meet all course, GPA and state requirements for certification.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in English Composition (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: ENGL 1310 or 1313; 1320 or 1323 or 2700; ENGL 2210, 2220, LING 3060; LING 4040 or 4070; ENGL 4160 or 4760; 4170; plus two courses from ENGL 3100, 3140, 3150, 4100, 4180, 4190 or 4250, LING 4010, 4020; plus two courses from Groups A, B and D.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in English Composition (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: ENGL 1310 or 1313; 1320 or 1323 or 2700; 2210, 2220, LING 3060; LING 4040 or 4070; ENGL 4160 or 4760; 4170; plus two courses from ENGL 3100, 3140, 3150, 4100, 4180, 4190 or 4250, LING 4010, 4020; plus two courses from Groups A, B and D.

Option 2 Second Teaching Field in English (30 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: ENGL 1310; 1320 or 2700; 2210; 2220; plus 6 hours from Groups A and/or B; plus one course from Groups C and E; plus 6 hours from any group.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in English Literature (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently; ENGL 1310 or 1313; 1320 or 1323 or 2700; 2210, 2220, 3410, 3420, 3810, 3820 and 4430; plus one course from each of the following groups: C, D and E.

Endorsement in English as a Second Language

See the certification adviser in the College of Education for details.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in English

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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