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2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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The chief goals of the English major are (1) to provide training and experience in the effective use of English prose, including techniques of argumentation and revision; (2) to assist students in gaining an understanding of the nature of language and a balanced knowledge of the historical development and present-day descriptions of the English language; (3) to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of literature and to acquaint them with the rich literary heritage of the past and variety of the present; (4) to assist students in developing critical standards for evaluating literature based on understanding of such concepts as genres, prosody, styles, and levels of meaning, and the most significant theories and practices of representative critics, past and present; (5) to offer instruction and guidance designed to develop the student’s potentialities for creating, thinking and writing; (6) to help students to develop an appreciation of and a growing interest in literary scholarship by providing instruction and practice in the writing of scholarly papers, critical and historical; and (7) to acquaint students in all focus areas with technological tools to enhance their preparation for leadership roles in the twenty-first century. The English major is recommended for students interested in a variety of professions that require a knowledge of language, writing, literature and human values. The program for the English major encourages the student to focus on the area best suited for his or her chosen profession: publishing, diplomacy, journalism, law, teaching, creative writing, and advanced professional writing such as screenwriting and technical writing.

Teacher Certification Requirement in English:

To qualify for teaching certification, a student majoring in English must also complete courses in the School of Education and Urban Studies. An interested student should contact the School of Education and Urban Studies for additional information.

College-wide Requirements:

In addition to meeting the requirements in General Education and in the major, students must also complete six (6) credits in the Liberal Arts Core required of all majors in the College of Liberal Arts. Options for satisfying this requirement are outlined under the section on the College of Liberal Arts. Also, in order to qualify for graduation, students must have taken two-thirds of their junior- and senior-level requirements in the major at Morgan (unless granted prior written permission by the Dean to take courses elsewhere); and must have earned a cumulative average of 2.0 or better and a major average of 2.0 or better, with no outstanding grades below “C” in the major (including foreign language courses which fulfill major requirements).


Requirements for the B.A. Degree in English

A minimum of 120 credit hours are required to graduate with a B.A. in English.  These credit hours are distributed as follows:

General Education and University Requirements    43

Liberal Arts Core Requirements    6

English Major Core Requirements    27

English Track Requirements    44

Total Credits    120

General Education and University Requirements 43 credits

Liberal Arts Core 6 credits

  • XXXX - Liberal Arts Core 3 credits
  • XXXX - Liberal Arts Core 3 credits

Required Courses for the English Creative Writing Track 44 credits

Required Courses for the English Literature and Language Track 44 credits

  • 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • XXXX - English Group 1 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 1 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 2 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 2 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 3 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 4 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Group 4 Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - English Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - Free Elective 3 credits
  • XXXX - Free Elective 2 credits
  • XXXX - 203 Foreign Language 3 credits1
  • XXXX - 204 Foreign Language 3 credits1
  • 3 Credits

Total Credits 120

* denotes a department required supporting/major course which may fulfill a general education requirement and must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

Please see General Education Requirements Distribution Areas  for courses that satisfy General Education Requirements where not specified by the department

1  Foreign Language requirements differ according to track; Language and Literature and Language Arts students must take a language through the intermediate level (203 and 204), while Creative Writing students must take 6 credits of a foreign language at any level. Contact the World Languages Department for placement information.

Suggested Curriculum Sequences for English Tracks:

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