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.
English Honors Program
The honors program in English is designed to encourage and recognize superior academic accomplishments by English undergraduates. With the approval of the chair of the English department and the departmental honors advisor, students who meet the eligibility standards may enter the English honors program before the beginning of their senior year. Students may be admitted to the program on the recommendation of any member of the English department faculty, or students may petition to enter the program. Under the direction of a faculty tutor, students in the honors program will complete an honors project that culminates in their writing an honors thesis or project report. For further information on eligibility and enrollment, students should consult the departmental honors advisor.
|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|
Two 4000-level literature courses from ENG 4200, 4300, 4430-4470
|One course in linguistics: ENG 4710||3|
|TESOL Concentration Requirements|
|TESOL Grammar and Assessment: ENG 4750 and 4760||6|
|TESOL Internship: ENG 4940||3|
Either (TESOL sub-group)
ENG 4730 and 4740, plus one course from ENG 4720, 4780, 4770
Or (TEFL sub-group)
ENG 4700 and 4790 and 4950
|III. Related Requirements|
|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 3000, URS 4100, SOC 3060, MS 2040
One Course from: PHL 2150, PHL 2230,
PHL 3230, PHL 4710, PHL 4720