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English

Administered by Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Effective Spring 2009

A total of 39 semester hours is required for a major in English. No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement. With the addition of general education requirements and elective courses of at least 32 semester hours, the 120-hour requirement for a baccalaureate degree is satisfied.

A currently enrolled Bloomsburg University student wishing to declare English as a major must have a minimum of 15 credits completed and must have completed an English course other than 20.101, 20.201 or 20.205 with a grade of B- or better.

Beginning with the end of the Fall 2004 semester, an English major with 45 or more credits completed must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in English courses to maintain academic good standing in the major. If the student's English GPA is below 2.5, that student will have one semester in which to (re)gain the required 2.5. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major.

For an English course to count toward the fulfillment of requirements in the English major, the minimum grade is a C-.

Specific requirements within general education for all tracks are:

Communication courses
20.101 Composition I
20.203 Approaches to Literary Study
Humanities area course
20.226 European Literature I
English Track
20.236 American Literature I
20.237 American Literature II
20.246 British Literature I
20.247 British Literature II
20.256 Non-Western Literature I or 20.257 Non-Western Literature II
One of the following linguistics courses:
20.311 Structure of English
20.312 History of the English Language
20.411 Modern Linguistic Theory
20.413 Language in American Society
*One or Two elective in British Literature from:
20.341 Medieval Literature
20.342 The Renaissance
20.344 Restoration and Eighteenth Century
20.345 Romantic and Victorian Literature
20.346 Studies in British Literature (pre-1660 topic)
20.346 Studies in British Literature (post-1660 topic)
20.347 Studies in British Literature (pre-1660 topic)
20.347 Studies in British Literature (post-1660 topic)
20.348 British Modernism
20.363 Shakespeare
20.364 Chaucer
20.365 Milton
20.375 Renaissance Drama
20.378 English Novels
20.481 Special Topics (pre-1660 British Literature topic)
20.481 Special Topics (post-1660 British literature topic)
*One or Two elective courses in American literature from:
20.334 Studies in American Literature
20.345 Studies in American Literature
20.431 American Romanticism
20.432 American Realism
20.433 American Modernism
20.434 Contemporary American Literature
20.436 African-American Literature
20.481 Special Topics (American literature topic)
*Required one British, one American, and 1 either British or American
One of the following two courses:
20.491 Topics in Criticism
20.492 Literary Criticism
Six credits of electives, three of which may be 200 level and three of which must be 300/400 level
Secondary Education Track
20.236 American Literature I
20.237 American Literature II
20.246 British Literature I
20.247 British Literature II
20.256 Non-Western Literature I or 20.257 Non-Western Literature II
20.306 Theory and Practice of Writing (offered fall semester only)
20.311 Structure of English
20.312 History of the English Language
20.363 Shakespeare
20.385 Literature for Young Adults (offered spring semester only)
Choose one from the following
20.307 Writing for the Internet
20.391 Literature and Film
26.102 Introduction to Theater Arts
26.209 Theater Appreciation
27.110 Mass Communications and Popular Arts
27.190 History of Film
27.275 Cinema Appreciation
27.315 Social Foundations of Mass Communications
42.226 Popular Culture in America
45.400 Sociology of Mass Communications
Six credits of electives, three of which may be 100/200 level (excluding 20.151) and three of which must be 300/400 level

*Students seeking Secondary Education Certification in English must declare majors in both English and Secondary Education (English) and complete the full English (Secondary Education Track) course sequence as well as the Secondary Education Professional Course and Certification requirements. Students must consult their advisers in both departments each semester regarding course selection and other certification requirements. Full program requirements for students seeking Secondary Education Certification in English may be found at http://www.bloomu.edu/catalog/f2009/cops/sec_english.php.

Creative Writing Track
20.204 Introduction to Creative Writing
20.236 American Literature I or 20.237 American Literature II
20.246 British Literature I or 20.247 British Literature II
20.256 Non-Western Literature I or 20.257 Non-Western Literature II
20.306 Theory and Practice of Writing (offered fall semester only)
20.404 Creative Writing Seminar (offered fall semester only)
One of the following linguistics courses:
20.311 Structure of English
20.312 History of the English Language
20.411 Modern Linguistic Theory
20.413 Language in American Society
Three from the following writing electives
20.300 Writing Children's Literature
20.301 Creative Writing: Fiction
20.302 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
20.303 Creative Writing: Poetry
26.340 Scriptwriting
Three elective courses; two must be 300/400 literature, remaining one may be any English course
Minor in English

The minor in English consists of 18 semester hours: 9 hours from courses on the 100 or 200 level except 20.101, 20.200 and 20.201 and 20.205; 9 hours from courses on the 300 or 400 level; and approval of the department chair.