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2016-2017 Course Catalog
Required for the English major
- ENG 150 or its equivalent
After ENG 150, students majoring in English are required to complete eight six-unit courses, distributed as follows:
- Two courses from the intermediate group: ENG 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, 281
- Two courses focusing on periods before 1800: ENG 400, 420, 430, 435, 440, 443, 445, 446, 448, 450, 470, 527, and either 425 or 170 (but not both together)
- One course focusing on the nineteenth century: ENG 455, 460, 465, 472, 473, 474, 476
- One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries: ENG 480, 483, 485, 490, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 510, 515, 516, 517, 518, 521
- One additional course in English
- In completing requirements 2-6, students are required to take course-work representing a range of literary and cultural traditions. Students are required to take at least one course, at any level, from each of the following three categories: 1) British, 2) American, and 3) African American, OR postcolonial. A course in African-American literature may satisfy either categories 2) or 3), but not both simultaneously. See the cultural traditions list below for which courses correspond to which group.
- Finally, majors are also required to complete the English department’s Senior Experience (see further explanation below).
Cultural traditions categories for the major
Students must take at least one course, at any level, from each of the following three categories:
- British: ENG 170 (London Centre course), 230, 240, 281, 400, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440, 445, 446, 448, 450, 455, 460, 465, 480, 515, 527
- American: ENG 250, 443, 470, 472, 473, 474, 476, 483, 485, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 510, 515
- African American: ENG 260, 472, 510 OR postcolonial: ENG 280, 282, 517, 518, 521
When students officially declare themselves English majors, they should choose a departmental advisor who will be responsible for guiding them in planning and completing their major course of study. Questions about the advising of English majors should be addressed to the department chair.
Senior Experience in English
The English department’s Senior Experience may be fulfilled through one of several options:
- ENG 600: Senior Seminar in English: a seminar involving analysis of theoretical, historical, critical, and literary readings at an advanced level in conjunction with students' research and writing of an original, substantial paper (taken during the senior year or, in some cases, during spring term of the junior year);
- An advanced course in creative writing with additional work determined by the instructor (taken during the junior or senior year); students should plan ahead so that they complete the necessary prerequisite for the advanced course in creative writing;
- Student teaching in English, along with a paper co-directed by the student's academic advisor in English and a faculty member in the education department; or
- An honors project in English (or adequate progress toward completing an honors project as approved by departmental petition); Students pursuing double majors or double degrees are encouraged to consult with faculty from the English department and the other major department prior to taking ENG 600 if they wish to undertake a research topic that draws upon both of their majors. Students pursuing double majors or double degrees also have the option of doing an honors project that is interdisciplinary in nature, as long as one of the directors of the project is a professor in the English department.
Required for the English minor
Six six-unit courses in English, distributed as follows:
- Two courses from the following introductory and intermediate group: ENG 150, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, 281
- One course focusing on periods before 1800: ENG 170 (London Centre course), 400, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440, 443, 445, 446, 448, 450, 470, 527
- One course focusing on the nineteenth century: ENG 455, 460, 465, 472, 473, 474, 476, 478
- One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries: ENG 480, 483, 485, 490, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 506, 510, 515, 516, 517, 518, 521
- One additional course in English
Required for the Creative Writing Minor
For students majoring in English, completing the creative writing minor requires taking a minimum of three courses in creative writing, including courses in at least two different literary genres. These courses can be at any level. THAR: 427 Playwrighting may also be used to fulfill one of the courses in the minor.
For students with majors outside of English, completing the creative writing minor requires taking a minimum of three courses in literary studies at any level in the English department as well as a minimum of three courses in creative writing. These creative writing courses need to include work in at least two different literary genres and can be at any level. Again, THAR: 427 Playwrighting may also be used to fulfill one of the courses in the minor.
Certification for Secondary teaching in English
Students preparing to teach English in secondary schools should bear in mind that they must have from 30 to 40 semester hours of preparation in English for certification. Freshman Studies and Literary Analysis (ENG 150) count toward certification. Requirements for the major satisfy requirements for certification in Wisconsin, except that the student seeking certification must satisfactorily complete at least one course in writing (e.g., ENG 350, 360, or 370); at least one course in linguistics or the English language (e.g., LING 105 or 150); a tutorial in literature for adolescents; and either ENG 260, or 510 or a tutorial in literature by writers of color in America. Please refer to the Department of Education listing for more detailed information on preparation for teacher certification.
All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English; for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of “one additional course in English.” All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English and will receive advanced placement in courses at the intermediate level (ENG 230, 240, 250); for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of ENG 150. Questions about exemption and placement should be addressed to the department chair. The application of AP credit towards the general education requirements for either the B.A. or the B.Mus. degrees will be determined by university policy. Please see the following link for more information about university credit for AP Examinations.
AP Examination Information (PDF)
Students considering graduate work in English are advised that they should try to take two or more English department classes with at least two different members of the department. They will likely want to do more English course-work than the minimum that is required for the major. For the masters degree, most graduate schools require demonstrated proficiency in at least one modern language in addition to English. For the doctorate, the usual requirement is demonstrated proficiency in two modern languages, and, in some cases, also an ancient language. ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory is also an asset when preparing for graduate school. College work leading toward graduate study should be planned with these considerations in mind.