Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • Nine units in English, including any three of the following: 253, 255, 257, 258, 261, plus one of the following: 203, 205, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 321, 322.
  • At least four units in English courses at the 300-level or higher (only one may be a writing course). English 348 is required for certification in secondary teaching.
  • The nine units used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.

Requirements for Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

  • Nine units in English, including: 205; one unit from 321, 322; one unit from 378, 379; one additional writing course from 203, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 321, 322, 378, 379 (note: 203 is required for students in secondary education); one unit from 253, 255, 257, 258, 261; four additional literature courses including at least two at the 300-level or higher and at least one focusing on the twentieth century (340, 341, or 360).
  • The nine units used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.

Requirements for Major with Professional Writing Emphasis

  • Nine units, including: 203, 208; one of the following: 206, 207, 223; two of the following: 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, either Communication Studies 306 or Communication Studies 365; two English courses that satisfy the textual analysis mode requirement.
  • Two additional English literature courses, at least one at the 300-level or above.

Requirements for Minor in English

This minor is constructed to accommodate any literature emphasis, whether broadly or specifically defined. The minor can provide a general overview, or it can be tailored to provide a specific focus as a complement for majors in history, American political thought, art history, or other fields.

  • Five units in English, including: 203, plus two from 151, 253, 255, 257, 258, 261 and two at the 300-level or higher (excluding writing courses).
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Major or Minor with Education Certification

  • Elementary English Language Arts Major—Eight units in English, including: three units from 151, 253, 255, 257, 258, 261; three units in literature, all of which must be at the 300-level or higher; 203 and one unit of elective in writing or literature at the 200-level or higher, except 348, which are also required as part of the Elementary Education Planned Program.
  • Secondary Major—Major course requirements same as for the English major, except that English 348 must be included in the four 300-level courses.
  • Secondary Minor—Five units in English, including: two units from 151, 253, 255, 257, 258, 261; one unit from 203, 205, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 321, 322; and two units at the 300-level or higher, including 348 and one literature course. The five units must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.