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Wright State University    
 
    
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

English, BA


Program Description:

The English major provides a balanced program of introductory and advanced work in British, American and Anglophone postcolonial literature, 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

All graduates with a B. A. in English will be:

  • Informed readers, able to formulate readings of texts based on their knowledge of literary historical contexts and of basic critical strategies;
  • Skilled writers, able to develop a thesis and sustain a coherent written argument about literature using secondary sources.

Students in the Literature Concentration will also be:

  • Familiar with works in the Anglo-American literary tradition and other literatures written in English;
  • Familiar with and able to use the terms of literary analysis.

Students in the Creative Writing Concentration will also be:

  • Familiar with the discipline of creative writing and the value of criticism in the creative process;
  • Able to write in their chosen creative forms.

Students in the Professional Writing Concentration will also be:

  • Familiar with the fields of professional writing and the primary writing conventions and skills needed in several fields;
  • Able to create and edit appropriate professional and/or technical documents.

Students in the TESOL Concentration will also be:

  • Familiar with the nature of language, the structure of English, and the fundamentals of language teaching;
  • Able to develop a classroom pedagogy informed by their understanding of language.

Students in the Integrated Language Arts Concentration will also be:

  • Familiar with the fundamentals of teaching language arts at the high school and middle school levels;
  • Able to develop an approach to Language Arts teaching informed by their understanding of literature and language.

For additional information:

Concentrations



Creative Writing


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Course: 6 Hours


II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours


English Core requirements


One survey each from two of the following categories:

A) ENG 3210 , ENG 3220 , ENG 3230  
B) ENG 3310 , ENG 3320  
C) ENG 3400 , ENG 3420 , ENG 3430 ENG 3440  

One course in language or rhetoric from

Creative Writing Concentration Requirements


Two Courses from the following (including at least one course at the 4000 level): 6 Hours

III. Related Requirements


IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours


Foreign Language: 12 Hours


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: 12 Hours

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry


V. Electives: 28 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.




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 2.70 or above after completion of 45 hours, including at least 6 hours of English courses which must also carry the same GPA of 2.7 or above (a minimum of 24

To maintain academic standing in the English: Language Arts Education Program:

  • Students must maintain a 2.7 GPA or above throughout their undergraduate program
  • Students must maintain a C or better in all core English and ELA courses

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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students will be:

  • Familiar with the theory and pedagogy in AVA Integrated language arts
  • Able to develop an approach to language arts teaching informed by their  understandings of literature and language and their understandings of the AVA English content area standards
  • Prepared through coursework for the initial stages of licensure in the AVA ILA content area

Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Course: 6 Hours


II. Departmental Requirements: 39 Hours


 Notes: One course must feature works of Shakespeare (eligible courses include ENG 3210  , ENG 3550  , or any course from ENG 4200  -ENG 4470  with the characters “Ss” at the end of the course title).

Students must earn a grade of C or better in every English core and ILA concentration course

English Core requirements


One American literature survey from

One non-western literature survey:

Two 4000-level literature courses, one of which must feature works of Shakespeare, from

One course in language or linguistics from

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours


Foreign Language: 12 Hours


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: 12 Hours

Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry


V. Electives: 8 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.



Literature


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours


English Core requirements


One survey each from two of the following categories:

A) ENG 3210  , ENG 3220  , ENG 3230  
B) ENG 3310  , ENG 3320  
C) ENG 3400 , ENG 3420  , ENG 3430 ENG 3440  

One course in language or rhetoric from

Literature Concentration Requirements


  • One additional survey from the remaining category above (A, B, or C)
  • Two additional 4000-level literature courses from 4200-4470
  • One additional 3000- or 4000-level English course
  • One course from ENG 4110  or ENG 4190  

*One course must cover literature before 1900 (eligible courses include ENG 3210 , ENG 3220 , ENG 3230 , ENG 3310 , ENG 3320 , or any course from 4200-4470 with the characters “B19” at the end of the course title); one course must cover literature after 1900 (eligible courses include ENG 3230 , ENG 3320 , or any course from 4200-4470 with the characters “A19” at the end of the course title).

III. Related Requirements


IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours


Foreign Language


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: 12 Hours

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry


V. Electives: 28 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.



Professional Writing


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours


English Core requirements


One survey each from two of the following categories:

A) ENG 3210  , ENG 3220  , ENG 3230  
B) ENG 3310  , ENG 3320  
C) ENG 3400 , ENG 3420  , ENG 3430 ENG 3440  

One course in rhetoric:

Professional Writing Concentration Requirements


Two courses from

III. Related Requirements


IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours


Foreign Language


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: 12 Hours

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry


V. Electives: 28 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.



Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


II. Departmental Requirements: 39 Hours


English Core requirements


One survey each from two of the following categories:

A) ENG 3210  , ENG 3220  , ENG 3230  
B) ENG 3310  , ENG 3320  
C) ENG 3400 , ENG 3420  , ENG 3430 ENG 3440  

One course in linguistics:

TESOL Concentration Requirements


TESOL Grammar and Assessment:

TESOL Internship:

Either (TESOL sub-group)

Or (TEFL sub-group)

III. Related Requirements


IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours


Foreign Language


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: 12 Hours

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry


V. Electives: 28 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.