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Requirements for the Major in English

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)


   Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college level. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements, including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.  
The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.  The English Department does not accept Sign Language as a foreign language.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C-” is the minimum acceptable grade.
ENC 1101 Composition I
ENC 1102 Composition II
Six semester hours earned in courses taught in the English Department, EACH with 6,000 words of evaluated writing for a TOTAL of 12,000 words.

Upper-level coursework in the English Major:
The program in English provides two areas of specialization (divided into two degree-options below):   
   

Literature and Cultural Studies - The undergraduate program in Literature and Cultural Studies prepares students to be excellent communicators and researchers, whether they move forward into careers or into graduate and professional schools. The program highlights three areas of study – American, British, and World Literatures – focusing on specific kinds of skills: reading deeply and analytically, writing critically and creatively, thinking conceptually and contextually, and using multiple research tools from the archives to the Internet. Literature and Cultural Studies considers how language works in a variety of historical, rhetorical, and artistic contexts. Students who graduate from this program are both well situated and expected to be excellent, multifaceted users of language in the global communities they inhabit.


Writing Studies - The undergraduate degree in Writing Studies prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields -- from government to business to medicine.  The program brings together professional and public discourse within specific rhetorical situations so that writers experience specific local, global, organizational, and civic dimensions. We research, develop, evaluate, and practice professional and public discourse. Students are encouraged to collaborate with schools, corporations, agencies, and community-based organizations to design, develop, use, and evaluate oral, written, and digital artifacts. The program is designed to empower individual communicators in the ethical and strategic use of language in a variety of public and professional communities. The program will produce graduates who can effectively compose using a variety of tools in order to communicate with their audiences.
   

Requirements for English majors and minors are listed below. A grade of “D” will not be counted toward fulfilling the major requirements. Grades of “D” or “F” in English courses will, however, be used in calculating the major GPA unless the course is retaken under the grade forgiveness policy. Students may not use more than one ENG 4906, Individual Research, toward meeting the major requirements. Transfer students must earn at least 15 hours in the major at USF. A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation. A minimum of 74 hours outside the major are required.

Common Core Requirements (6 hours): All English majors, in both the Literature and Cultural Studies and the Writing Studies concentrations, must take the following two courses:

ENC 3445, Introduction to the English Major (3) – recommended in the first semester of the major
ENG 4950, Senior Portfolio (3) – recommended in the last semester of the major

Option I. Concentration in Literature and Cultural Studies (30 hours):

  1. Three courses (9 hours), taken at the 3000-level:
    1. Specifically required are:
    2. One course (3 hours) in American Literature, taken from the following:
      • AML 3031, American Literature, Beginnings to 1860 (3)
        AML 3041, American Literature, 1860 to the Present (3)
    3. One course (3 hours) in British Literature, taken from the following:
      • ENL 3015, British Literature, Beginnings to 1616 (3)
        ENL 3230, British Literature, 1616 to 1780 (3)
        ENL 3251, British Literature, 1780-1900 (3)
        ENL 3XXX, British Literature, 1900 to the Present (3)
        ENL 3XXX, Shakespeare (3)
    • One course (3 hours) taken from the following:
      • LIT 3101, Literature of the Western World Before the Renaissance (3)
      • LIT 3102, Literature of the Western World After the Renaissance (3)
      • LIT 3353, Literature, Race, and Ethnicity (3)
      • LIT 3513, Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (3)

      At least one of the above courses (3 hours) should be in Literature before 1800 (Note: to be specified when course numbers filled in above)

    1. Three courses (9 hours) at the 4000-level taken from the following:
      • AML 4931, American Literary Movements and Genres (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • AML 4300, Selected American Authors (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • AML 4933, Studies in American Literature and Culture (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • ENG 4042, Studies in Theory and Criticism (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • ENG 4906, Individual Research (1-4, Non-repeatable)
      • ENG 4940, Internship in English (1-4, Non-repeatable)
      • ENL 4XXX, British Literary Movements and Genres (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • ENL 4303, Selected British Authors (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • ENL 4XXX, Studies in British Literature and Culture (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • LIT 4XXX, World Literary Movements and Genres (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • LIT 4XXX, Selected World Authors (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
      • LIT 4931, Studies in World Literature and Culture (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
  1. Four courses (12 hours), distributed among the following:
  • Two elective courses (6 hours) in Literature, taken at the 3000 or 4000 level, from the following list:
    • AML 3031, American Literature, Beginnings to 1860 (3)
    • AML 3041, American Literature, 1860 to the Present (3)ENL 3015, British Literature, Beginnings to 1616 (3)
    • ENL 3230, British Literature, 1616 to 1780 (3)
    • ENL 3251, British Literature, 1780-1900 (3)
    • ENL 3XXX, British Literature, 1900 to the Present (3)
    • ENL 3XXX, Shakespeare (3)
    • LIT 3101, Literature of the Western World Before the Renaissance (3)
    • LIT 3102, Literature of the Western World After the Renaissance (3)
    • LIT 3353, Literature, Race, and Ethnicity (3)
    • LIT 3513, Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
    • AML 4931, American Literary Movements and Genres (3)
    • AML 4300, Selected American Authors (3)
    • AML 4933, Studies in American Literature and Culture (3)
    • ENG 4042, Studies in Theory and Criticism (3)
    • ENG 4906, Individual Research (1-4)
    • ENG 4907, Directed Reading (3)
    • ENG 4940, Internship in English (1-4)
    • ENL 4XXX, British Literary Movements and Genres (3)
    • ENL 4XXX, Selected British Authors (3)
    • ENL 4XXX, Studies in British Literature (3)
    • LIT 4XXX, World Literary Movements and Genres (3
    • LIT 4XXX, Selected World Authors (3)
    • LIT 4931, Studies in World Literature and Culture (3)
  • Two elective courses (6 hours) in Creative Writing or Writing Studies, taken at the 3000 or 4000 level, from the following list:
    • CRW 3013, Creative Writing (3)
    • CRW 4924, Advanced Creative Writing (3)
    • ENC 3250, Professional Writing (3)
    • ENC 3310, Expository Writing (3)
    • ENC 3330, Rhetorical Traditions (3)
    • ENC 3331, Civic and Client Communication (3)
    • ENC 3373, Rhetoric of Marginalized Communities (3)
    • ENC 3376, Multimodal Composition (3)
    • ENC 4311, Advanced Composition (3)
    • ENC 4377, Advanced Rhetoric (3)
    • ENC 4353, Public Rhetorics (3)
    • ENC 4351, Writing for Publication (3)
    • ENC 4431, Writing and New Media (3)
    • ENC 4931, Selected Topics in Technical and Professional Writing (3)

Option II. Concentration in Writing Studies (30 hours)
  1. Three courses (9 hours) taken at the 3000-level:
    • ENC 3250, Professional Writing (3)
    • ENC 3310, Expository Writing (3)
    • ENC 3330, Rhetorical Traditions (3)
    • ENC 3331, Civic and Client Communication (3)
    • ENC 3373, Rhetoric of Marginalized Communities (3)
    • ENC 3376, Multimodal Composition (3)
  2. Three courses (9 hours) taken at the 4000-level:
    • ENC 4311, Advanced Composition (3)
    • ENC 4377, Advanced Rhetoric (3)
    • ENC 4353, Public Rhetorics (3)
    • ENC 4351, Writing for Publication (3)
    • ENC 4431, Writing and New Media (3)
    • ENC 4931, Selected Topics in Technical and Professional Writing (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
    • ENG 4042, Studies in Theory and Criticism (3, May be taken twice for credit with different topics)
    • ENG 4906, Individual Research (1-4, Non-repeatable)
    • ENG 4940, Internship in English (1-4, Non-repeatable)
  3. Four courses (12 hours) distributed among the following:
    • Two elective courses (6 hours) in Literature, taken at the 3000 or 4000 level, from the following list:
      • AML 3031, American Literature, Beginnings to 1860 (3)
      • AML 3041, American Literature, 1860 to the Present (3)
      • ENL 3015, British Literature, Beginnings to 1616 (3)
      • ENL 3230, British Literature, 1616 to 1780 (3)
      • ENL 3251, British Literature, 1780-1900 (3)
      • ENL 3XXX, British Literature, 1900 to the Present (3)
      • ENL 3XXX, Shakespeare (3)
      • LIT 3101, Literature of the Western World Before the Renaissance (3)
      • LIT 3102, Literature of the Western World After the Renaissance (3)
      • LIT 3353, Literature, Race, and Ethnicity (3)
      • LIT 3513, Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
      • AML 4931, American Literary Movements and Genres (3)
      • AML 4300, Selected American Authors (3)
      • AML 4933, Studies in American Literature and Culture(3)
      • ENG 4042, Studies in Theory and Criticism (3)
      • ENG 4906, Individual Research (1-4)
      • ENG 4907, Directed Reading (3)
      • ENG 4940, Internship in English (1-4)
      • ENL 4XXX, British Literary Movements and Genres (3)
      • ENL 4XXX, Selected British Authors (3)
      • ENL 4XXX, Studies in British Literature (3)
      • LIT 4XXX, World Literary Movements and Genres (3
      • LIT 4XXX, Selected World Authors (3)
      • LIT 4931, Studies in World Literature and Culture (3)
    • Two elective courses (6 hours) in Creative Writing or Writing Studies, taken at the 3000 or 4000 level, from the following list:
      • CRW 3013, Creative Writing (3)
      • CRW 4924, Advanced Creative Writing (3)
      • ENC 3250, Professional Writing (3)
      • ENC 3310, Expository Writing (3)
      • ENC 3330, Rhetorical Traditions (3)
      • ENC 3331, Civic and Client Communication (3)
      • ENC 3373, Rhetoric of Marginalized Communities (3)
      • ENC 3376, Multimodal Composition (3)
      • ENC 4311, Advanced Composition (3)
      • ENC 4377, Advanced Rhetoric (3)
      • ENC 4353, Public Rhetorics (3)
      • ENC 4351, Writing for Publication (3)
      • ENC 4431, Writing and New Media (3)



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