The English major provides a balanced program of introductory and advanced work in English and American literature, world literature in English, English language and linguistics, and writing. The program offers students the chance to engage in a major humanistic discipline, the study of literature, which is challenging and enriching in itself. The English major also provides sound professional training for those interested in high school or college teaching, the teaching of English as a second language, business or technical writing, or graduate work; and the program is an excellent background for students entering professional schools or planning business careers.
The English major offers five concentrations that have been designed to meet the needs of students with a general interest in literature and of those with special interests in writing or teaching. Students seeking a strong background in literature, history, theory, and analysis should take the literature concentration in English, which combines the historical and critical study of literature with innovative approaches to critical methods, women's studies, nontraditional literatures, and non-Western literature in English. The concentration in English with an emphasis on creative writing offers students a full series of introductory and advanced creative writing courses. The concentration in English with an emphasis on professional writing gives interested students a strong combination of literature and professional writing instruction, including course work in technical writing, professional editing, and document design. The concentration in English with an emphasis on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides a combination of advanced work in applied linguistics with training in current methods of language teaching.
Finally, the concentration in English with an emphasis on Integrated Language Arts offers a combination of courses in literature, communication, language study, and pedagogy for students interested in seeking licensure to teach English and language arts in middle school or high school.
In choosing electives, students should try to select, in consultation with the departmental advisor, courses that complement their major interest and form a coherent unit of study or courses that provide an appropriate career-oriented concentration.
Integrated Language Arts/ English Education
Students who wish to teach English or language arts in Ohio public high schools should pursue the B.A. in English with a concentration in integrated language arts. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree program in the College of Liberal Arts, students then need to complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through Wright State's College of Education and Human Services. Graduates of the B.A. in English/ Integrated Language Arts and M.Ed. are eligible to seek licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in adolescent/young adult integrated language arts.
For admission to the major in English: Integrated Language Arts, students must present any one of the following:
- An overall GPA of 2.50 or better after completion of 48 hours (a minimum of 24 hours completed at Wright State University)
- An overall GPA of 2.25 or better, with grades of B or better in both ENG 3050 and 3060, after completion of 48 hours (a minimum of 24 hours completed at Wright State University)
- An overall GPA of 2.00 or better, with a GPA of 3.30 in five courses in the English major, after completion of 48 hours (a minimum of 24 hours completed at Wright State University)
- The recommendation of an English department faculty member and permission of the department chair
Requirements for admission to the M.Ed. include a minimum GPA, admission testing, and interviews. Throughout their undergraduate work, students should consult regularly with their advisor in the College of Education and Human Services to ensure that they are meeting requirements to enter the program.
|I. Wright State Core||38|
|Element 1: Communication||6|
|Element 2: Mathematics||3|
|Element 3: Global Traditions||6|
|Element 4: Arts and Humanities||3|
|Element 5: Social Sciences||6|
|Element 6: Natural Sciences||8|
|Additional Core courses||6|
|II. Departmental Requirements||39|
|English Core requirements|
|ENG 3050: Intro to Lit Study I||3|
|ENG 3060: Intro to Lit Study II||3|
|One British literature survey from ENG 3210, 3220, 3230||3|
|One American literature survey from ENG 3310, 3320||3|
|One non-western literature survey: ENG 3420||3|
Two 4000-level literature courses, one of which must
feature works of Shakespeare, from ENG 4200, 4300, 4430-4470;
or one 4000-level literature course and ENG 3550
|One course in language or linguistics from ENG 3500 or 4710||3|
|Integrated Language Arts Courses|
|ENG 3520, 3530, 3560 and 3570||12|
|ILA Capstone ENG 4560||3|
|III. Related Requirements||17|
|COM 1010 and COM 1520||6|
|IV. College Requirements||18|
Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:
Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese,
Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.
|Methods of Inquiry|
One Course from:
COM 4490, MUS 4140, PLS 2100, SW 2910,
SOC 3400, URS 4980, SOC 3410, MS 2040
One Course from:
PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230,
PHL 4710, PHL 4720