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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English

Department of English

Undergraduate Majors

Textual Studies

This concentration is for students seeking the opportunity to pursue interests in rhetoric and literary theory, perhaps in preparation for professional graduate programs (e.g., law, business, public administration). Neither the British nor the American literature surveys are required, although students are required to choose at least two courses from both national literatures. This program of study may also be appropriate for those who plan careers in secondary education or those who plan to attend graduate school for the MA or PhD in English. Please note: no more than 8 credit hours may be taken at the 1000 level for major credit. At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 3000 (junior & senior) level.

New Requirements (for students entering major Fall 2012 and after):

  • 8 hrs. British Literature (one course before and one after 1789)
  • 8 hrs. American Literature (one course before and one after 1900)
  • 4 hrs. Ethnic Literature
  • 4 hrs. International Literature
  • 8 hrs. Rhetoric/Literary Theory (e.g., 2026, 2815, 3813, 3815, 3817, 3818, 3823, 3825, 3852)
  • 12 hrs. English Electives (in consultation with the student's advisor)

Old Requirements (for students entering major before Fall 2012):

  • 8 hrs. British Literature (one course before and one after 1789)
  • 8 hrs. American Literature (one course before and one after 1900)
  • 4 hrs. Ethnic or International Literature Course
  • 24 hrs. English Electives (in consultation with the student's advisor)