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The B.A. in English Curriculum

Below you will find the degree requirements for a B. A. in English at USCB as well as information about a B.A. in English with a Writing Concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing

The purpose, goals, and student learning outcomes of the B. A. in English are available here.

I. General Education Requirements (37-46 credits)


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

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

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

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 (0-6 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 6 credits of their major prerequisites to count toward this requirement.

____ 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). 

English majors usually meet this requirement with ENGL 270 World Literature, below. 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.

____ Language (3 credits).

This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways: through one of our English language courses (ENGL 450 Modern English Grammars or ENGL 453 Development of the English Language); through a foreign literature in translation course or study abroad; or through demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language in a 201 course (typically SPAN 201 or FREN 201) or with a score of four or better on a USCB foreign language proficiency test. 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 one 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 one course from PHIL (excluding the courses in logic B110 and B111).

____ Humanities (3 credits). Choose one 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 270 - World Literature (3) -- or -- ENGL 290 – Great Books of the West (3)

At least one course from 200, 270, 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 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 in English (12 credits). Choose ANY four additional ENGL 300+ level courses


Option 2: The B. A. in English with a Concentration in CREATIVE 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 Courses (9 credits). Choose three of the following:

ENGL 322 – Playwriting 
ENGL 464 – Poetry Workshop 
ENGL 465 – Fiction Workshop 

[see below regarding repeating writing workshops for credit]

____ Capstone (3 credits). Choose either:

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


Option 3: The B. A. in English with a Concentration in PROFESSIONAL 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

____ ENGL 460 Professional Writing Workshop (3 credits). 

____ Additional Writing and/or Language Courses (6 credits). Choose two of the following:

ENGL 450 – Modern English Grammars 
ENGL 453 – Development of the English Language
ENGL 461 – Writing in the Health Professions
ENGL 462 – Technical Writing
ENGL 463 – Business Writing
ENGL 464 – Poetry Workshop 
ENGL 465 – Fiction Workshop 
ENGL 466 – Writing Internship (1-6 credits)
ENGL 470 – The Teaching of Writing 

[see below regarding repeating writing workshops for credit]

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

ENGL 466 – Writing Internship 
ENGL B498 – Senior Seminar: Writing
ENGL 499 – Senior Thesis


 Notes:

  • Pre-1800 Literature: ENGL 301, 310, 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, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425A, 425B, 426, 427, 428, 432, or 437. Also ENGL 419, 429, 432, or 439 when the topic is appropriate.
  • Repeating Workshops: With consent of the instructor, students can take ENGL 460 Professional Writing Workshop, ENGL 464 Poetry Workshop, and ENGL 465 Fiction Workshop twice each for credit.

IV. Electives (26-29)

We intentionally allow space in our degree program for students to take additional courses in English, as their interests dictate, beyond the options outlined above. These credit hours toward graduation can also be used to accommodate coursework in other fields of interest, a minor, or even a double major in another degree program at USCB.

Total Hours Required (120)

An exit survey is required of all graduating seniors.