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About the B.A. in English

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English is designated to be flexible enough to provide the student with a strong background for graduate studies in English or education or preparation for such professions as law, business, journalism, publishing, religion, library science, medicine, advertising, communications, and technical writing.

  • The English faculty recommends that students majoring in English take ENGL 105 (Enhanced Composition) and ENGL 106 (Enhanced Composition and Literature) instead of ENGL 101 and 102 in order to join a cohort of English majors, humanities majors, and "all word lovers."
  • Students who are planning to attend graduate school in English should take the entire second year of foreign language and take, as electives, as many upper-level English courses as possible.
  • Students seeking the bachelor’s degree in English must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required English courses at the 200 level and above in order for those courses to count toward their major program. English majors are limited to no more than 6 hours of ENGL B399 credit.
  • A grade of “C” or better in English 102, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for all English courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • An exit survey is required of all graduating seniors.

Courses to Complete
To earn the B.A. in English, you'll need to complete 120 credit hours in the following areas:

I. General Education Requirements (37-47 credits)

(With Notes for Majors)

____ English (6-7 credits). Take all of the following, earning a grade of “C” or better in each:

ENGL 101L – Intensive English Composition Laboratory (1 credit)

ENGL 101 – Composition or 
ENGL 105 – Enhanced Composition (3 credits)

ENGL 102 – Composition and Literature or 
ENGL 106 – Enhanced Composition and Literature (3 credits)

Students may place out of ENGL 101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam or a 470 on the Writing portion of the SAT. Students who transfer into USCB with credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL 101L requirement. Majors in English are strongly encouraged to take 105 and 106.

____ Numerical and Analytical Reasoning (6 credits). Take two courses:

MATH 101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

____Speech (3 credits). Choose one of the following:

COMM 140 – Public Communication
COMM 201 – Interpersonal Communication
COMM 230 – Business and Professional Speaking.

____ Liberal Arts Elective (3 credits). Choose one course from following disciplines: 

AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement. USCB students are required to take 6 credits in this category, but English majors may use 3 credits of their major prerequisites to count toward the 6 credits required.

____ History (3 credits). Choose one of the following:

HIST 101 – Europe to the Mid-17th Century
HIST 102 – Europe from the Mid-17th Century
HIST 111 – U.S. to 1865
HIST 112 – U.S. from 1865
HIST 115 – World to 1500
HIST 116 – World from 1500

____ Fine Arts (3 credits). Choose one course from following disciplines: 

ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA.
One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement. 

____ Social/Behavioral Sciences  (3 credits). Choose one course from following disciplines:

ANTH, ECON, GEOL, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.

____ Natural Sciences (7 credits). Choose two courses, at least one with associated laboratory:

ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI (Marine Science), PHYS, ANTH 101, and PSYC 361. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory. Students may elect to take ANTH 101 and PSYC 361 as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.

____ Foreign Languages (0-6 credits). 

The English program's requirement for foreign language exceeds that of the general education requirement. Students must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language by achieving a score of four or better on a USCB foreign language proficiency test or achieving a passing grade in a 201 course, typically in Spanish or French. To prepare for the 201 course, students typically take Spanish 101 and 102or French 101 and 102. Placement and challenge exams for credit in Spanish and French are available. For guidance regarding other languages, or English as a second language, please ask your advisor. 

____ Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding (0-3 credits). 

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework. The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH 102, ANTH 312, ANTH 317, ANTH 351, ANTH 352, ANTH 452, ENGL 291, GEOL 121, GLST BB01, GLST 398, HIST 109, HIST 115, HIST 116, RELG 203, SOCY 315 and SPAN 380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

II. Program Requirements (24-27 credits)

Students must earn a C or better in all program requirement courses.

____ Foreign Language (0-3 credits).

Students shall demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language by achieving a score of four or better on a USCB foreign language proficiency test or achieving a passing grade in a 201 course, typically Spanish 201 or French 201. Placement and challenge exams for credit in Spanish and French are available. For guidance regarding other languages, or English as a second language, please ask your advisor. 

____ History (3 credits).  Choose an additional selection from the following:

HIST 101 – Europe to the Mid-17th Century
HIST 102 – Europe from the Mid-17th Century
HIST 111 – U.S. to 1865
HIST 112 – U.S. from 1865
HIST 115 – World to 1500
HIST 116 – World from 1500

____ Philosophy (3 credits). Choose a course from PHIL (excluding the courses in logic B110 and B111).

____ Humanities (3 credits). Choose a course from the following disciplines:

African American studies, English, fine arts, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy (except B110 & B111), or religious studies.

____ Major Prerequisites (15 credits). Take all of the following:

ENGL 200  Introduction to English Studies (3)
ENGL 287  American Literature (3)
ENGL 288  English Literature I (3)
ENGL 289 – English Literature II (3)
ENGL 290 – Great Books of the West (3)

At least one course from 200, 287, 288, 289, or 290 should be completed before the student takes any courses at the 300 or 400 level. Students are encouraged to complete all five of the foundational 200-level English prerequisites as early in the major as possible.

III. Major Requirements (30)

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses. 


Option 1: The B. A. in English (30 credits)

____ Pre-1800 Literature (6 credits). Choose two ENGL 300+ level courses in pre-1800 literature

____ Post-1800 Literature (9 credits). Choose three ENGL 300+ level courses in post-1800 literature

____ Literary Theory (3 credits). Choose either 

ENGL 441 – History of Literary Criticism and Theory or
ENGL 442 – Principles of Modern Literary Theory

____Electives (12 credits). Choose four additional ENGL 300+ level courses


 Option 2: The B. A. in English with a Concentration in Writing (30 credits)

____ Pre-1800 Literature (6 credits). Choose two ENGL 300+ level courses in pre-1800 literature

____ Post-1800 Literature (9 credits). Choose three ENGL 300+ level courses in post-1800 literature

____ Literary Theory (3 credits). Choose either 

ENGL 441 – History of Literary Criticism and Theory or 
ENGL 442 – Principles of Modern Literary Theory

____ Writing (9 credits). Choose three of the following:

ENGL 460 – Advanced Writing
ENGL 462 – Technical Writing
ENGL 463 – Business Writing
ENGL 464 – Poetry Workshop 
ENGL 465 – Fiction Workshop 

____ Thesis (3 credits). 

ENGL 499 – Senior Thesis or ENGL B498 – Senior Seminar: Writing


Notes:

  • Pre-1800 Literature: ENGL 301, 380, 381, 382, 395, 401, 402, 403, 405, 406, 407, or 410. Also ENGL 419, 429, or 439 when the topic is appropriate.
  • Post-1800 Literature: ENGL 302, 384, 385, 386, 397, 411, 412, 413, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425A, 425B, 426, 427, 428, or 437. Also ENGL 419, 429, or 439 when the topic is appropriate.
  • Repeating Workshops: With consent of the instructor, students can take ENGL 464 – Poetry Workshop and ENGL 465 – Fiction Workshop twice each for credit.

IV. Electives (26-29)

Total Hours Required (120)

An exit survey is required of all graduating seniors.