ENGLISH - Dept. Code:  ENG
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INTRODUCTION

The English Department offers programs for students interested in a liberal arts education. While many English majors direct their studies toward careers in law, business, creative writing, secondary education, or university teaching and scholarship, an English major is just as valuable to students considering careers in any of the health professions. Students who would like to learn more about any of these programs are encouraged to consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English, Ashe Bldg. 321.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

English as a discipline offers an opportunity for a general humanistic education, and it develops skills in communication and analysis essential in most careers. An education in English teaches students to write, to think critically, to weigh values, and to communicate ideas; at the same time, it affords them a sense of beauty and informs them of the heritage of their own culture as well as others.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

The major in English leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts.


MAJOR

Students majoring in English must earn 30 credits in English courses (36 credits for Departmental Honors) and must meet the requirements for one of the tracks described below:
The English Literature Major,
The Creative Writing Concentration,
The Concentration in British Literary History, or
The Women’s Literature Concentration.

Credits earned for courses in freshman composition (ENG 105, 106, 107, and 208) may not be applied toward the total number of credits required for the major. In each English course, the English major must make a grade of C- or better, with an overall GPA in the major of 2.0.

ENGLISH LITERATURE MAJOR
Requirements for the English Literature Major are as follows:

1. One of the following courses: English 201, 202, 205,
211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 260, 261. (N. B., ENG 210 may not be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement.)

3 credits

2. Four literature courses numbered 300 or above, at least
two of which must be numbered 400 or above, distributed
as follows: two courses in literature before 1700 and two courses
in literature between 1700 and 1900.
12 credits
3. Five additional English courses other than freshman
composition (i.e., any three courses designated ENG and
numbered 200 or above, excluding ENG 208).
9 credits

Total: 30 credits


CREATIVE WRITING CONCENTRATION
Requirements for the Creative Writing Concentration are as follows:

1. Admission to the Creative Writing Concentration is based on a writing
sample submitted to the Director of Creative Writing.
(For information about the writing sample, see the English
Department Web site, www.as.miami.edu/English).

2. Completion of one of the following workshop tracks:

Fiction track: ENG 290 3 credits
ENG 390 3 credits

ENG 404 (to be taken twice) or
ENG 404 (taken once) plus ENG 408 6 credits

Poetry track: ENG 292 3 credits
ENG 392 3 credits

ENG 406 (to be taken twice) or
ENG 406 (taken once) plus ENG 408 6 credits

3. One of the following courses: English 201, 202, 205,
211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 260, 261. (N. B., ENG 210 may not be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement.) 3 credits

4. Four more literature courses numbered 300 or higher, at
least two of which must cover literature earlier than 1900.
Two of the four courses must be 400-level.
12 credits

5.  One more literature course numbered 200 or higher.
3 credits

Total: 30 credits

 

CONCENTRATION IN BRITISH LITERARY HISTORY
Requirements for the Concentration in British Literary History are as follows:

1. English 211 and 212. 6 credits


2. Eight courses numbered 300 or above, at least four of which must be numbered 400 or above, distributed as follows:
One course on Shakespeare;
One course on the history of criticism or literary theory;
Two additional courses in British literature (or a combination
of British and other literatures) before 1800;
Two additional courses in British literature (or a combination
of British and other literatures) after 1800;
Two electives. 24 credits

3. Recommended: ancillary courses in Art History, Music, History
Philosophy, in consultation with a departmental advisor.
Total: 30 credits


WOMEN’S LITERATURE CONCENTRATION
Students considering this concentration may want to take a special Women’s Studies section of English 106 in the freshman year.
  Requirements for the Women’s Literature Concentration are as follows:

1. English 215. 3 credits

2. Four literature courses numbered 300 or above, at least two
of which must be numbered 400 or above, distributed as follows:
two courses in literature before 1700 and, two courses in literature
between 1700 and 1900. 12 credits

3. Five additional English courses other than freshman composition
(i.e., any two courses designated ENG and numbered 200 or
above, excluding ENG 208).
15 credits
4. Three of the courses in 2 and 3, above, must be chosen from
the following: English 372, 373, 374, 490, 494, or any English
course numbered 200 or higher (other than ENG 215)
cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies.

5.  Recommended:  ancillary courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, in consultation with a department advisor.

Total: 30 credits

 

 

 

MINOR

The student minoring in English completes, with a grade of C- or better in each course and with an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0, at least 15 credits at the 200-level or above beyond the credits earned for freshman composition.  The 15 credits must be distributed as follows:

1. One literature course at the 200-level;
2. A second literature course, at either the 200-level or the 300-level;
3. A third literature course, at the 400-level;
4. Two additional English courses other than freshman composition (i.e., any two courses designated ENG and numbered 200 or above, excluding ENG 208).


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN LITERATURE
Students interested in seeking Departmental Honors in English should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, normally before the end of the junior year.

To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the English Literature Major, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling
requirement 2 of the English Literature Major.

2. Complete a six-credit Senior Thesis. This thesis is a documented essay
of about 10,000 words on a literary subject. The student undertaking a Senior Thesis normally registers in ENG 497, Senior Thesis I for the first semester of the project, and in ENG 498, Senior Thesis II, for the second semester. The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses in order to qualify for honors. 6 credits
3.  Over the course of this two-semester sequence, students will be expected to participate in 3-4 workshops addressing different aspects of the writing process for independent research projects.

4. Receive for the thesis a recommendation for honors by the director of the
Senior Thesis and by one other faculty reader from the Department of English.

5. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average
of at least 3.3.
Total: 36 credits


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN CREATIVE WRITING
To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses (including courses in creative writing) and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Creative Writing Concentration, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling
requirement 4 of the Creative Writing Concentration.

2. Complete a six-credit Senior Creative Writing Project. The student undertaking this project normally registers in ENG 497, Senior Thesis I, for the first semester of the project, and in ENG 498, Senior Thesis II , for the second semester. The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses in order to qualify for honors. 6 credits

3. Receive for the project a recommendation for honors by the director of the
Senior Creative Writing Project and by one other faculty reader designated by
the Director of Creative Writing.

4. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average
of at least 3.3.
Total: 36 credits


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN WOMEN’S LITERATURE
To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Women’s Literature Concentration, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling
requirements 2 and 3 of the Women’s Literature Concentration.

2. Complete a six-credit Senior Thesis. This thesis is a documented essay
of about 10,000 words on a literary subject.
The student undertaking a Senior Thesis normally registers in ENG 497, Senior Thesis I,
for the first semester of the project,
and in ENG 498, Senior Thesis II, for the second semester.
The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses
in order to qualify for honors. 6 credits

3.  Over the course of this two-semester sequence, students will be expected to participate in 3-4 workshops addressing different aspects of the writing process for independent research projects.

4. Receive for the thesis a recommendation for honors by the director of the
Senior Thesis and by one other faculty reader from the Department of English.

5. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average
of at least 3.3.

Total: 36 credits


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