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English Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in English, a student completes a senior performance and 36 hours in English courses, including:

  • ENGL 215 British Literature
  • ENGL 218 U.S. Literature
  • ENGL 219 World Literature
  • ENGL 231 Literature of Diversity
  • ENGL 292 Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • At least 6 hours in writing courses numbered 209 or above, 3 hours of which may be satisfied by a writing internship (with department consent)
  • Two 300-level or higher literature courses (not including 499)
  • One 400-level course (not including 499)
  • ENGL 499 English Integration Capstone

Students must earn a C+ average in English courses.

For a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Certification in Secondary Education, students seeking licensure at the secondary level must complete a minimum 30-semester hour teaching major in an approved teaching major field as well as the education program. Students should confer with their academic adviser regarding specific teaching major, minor and endorsement requirements and required major courses. Consult with the chairs of the language and literature and education departments for details.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in English, a student completes 21 hours in English courses including:

  • ENGL 215 British Literature
  • ENGL 218 U.S. Literature
  • ENGL 292 Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • At least 3 hours in writing courses numbered 209 or above
  • One upper division English course numbered 460 or above

For a Minor in Writing, a student completes 18 credit hours, including 12 hours of the following English courses:

  • ENGL 209 Topics in Writing
  • ENGL 210 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 309 Essay Writing
  • ENGL 311 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 315 Writer’s Roundtable (may be taken twice)

Students must also complete 6 credit hours from the following:

  • ENGL 395 Internship (may be taken twice)
  • COMM 101 Mass Media and Editing
  • COMM 104 News Reporting and Writing*
  • COMM 200 Editing
  • COMM 230 Communication Practicum*
  • COMM 301 Free Lance Article Writing*

** The communication prerequisite of COMM 100 Mass Media and Society is waived for students completing a writing minor.

For an English/Language Arts Secondary Endorsement, in addition to Education Department requirements, a student must complete 24 credits in the following English courses:

  • ENGL 292 Introduction to Literary Criticism

3 hours in writing courses numbered 209 or above

  • ENGL 218 U.S. Literature
  • ENGL 215 British Literature

6 credits selected from:

  • ENGL 460 19th Century British Literature
  • ENGL 461 Modern British Literature
  • ENGL 463. U. S. Literature 1820-1870
  • ENGL 464 U. S. Literature 1870-1920
  • ENGL 465 U.S. Literature 1920-Present
  • ENGL 480 Topics in Literature (minor includes 3 credits numbered 460 or above)

3 credits selected from:

  • ENGL 121 Approaches to Literature
  • ENGL 345 British Novel
  • ENGL 347 American Novel

For an English/Language Arts Elementary/Middle School Endorsement, in addition to Education Department requirements, a student completes 9 credits in English courses including the following:

3 credits in writing courses from any of the following:

  • ENGL 209 Topics in Writing
  • ENGL 210 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 309 Essay Writing
  • ENGL 311 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 315 Writers’ Roundtable

6 credits in a literature course from the following:

  • ENGL 218 U.S. Literature (required)
  • ENGL 215 British Literature
  • ENGL 219 World Literature
  • ENGL 231 Literature of Diversity

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Before applying for a major in English, a student must complete GNED 110 Cornerstone I and GNED 111 Cornerstone II, and at least two literature courses with a grade of C+ or higher in each course.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

The research requirement for English majors is fulfilled by requirements in literature courses numbered 460 or above and in ENGL 499 Capstone.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE

Students majoring in English will demonstrate competency in departmental outcomes through delivering a portfolio of written work and giving an oral presentation. Before registering for ENGL 499 English Integration Capstone, students must submit an approved portfolio that demonstrates competency in the department outcomes. Prerequisites: an approved portfolio and at least junior standing.

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