Academic Programs

Courses of special interest:

  • Twentieth-Century American Literature, Post-1945
  • Shakespeare
  • Detective Fiction
  • The Culture of Nature
  • The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Opportunities in the major:

  • The Transylvanian (art and literary publication)
  • The Rambler (student newspaper)
  • Delcamp Visiting Writer Series

Catalog 2016-2017

The English program aims to help students become informed members of our society, to encourage them to think critically about literary and cinematic texts produced in English (with occasional work in translation), to help them develop a rich sense of cultural and social history so that they understand how historical conditions inform cultural production and reception, to guide them in the skills needed for articulating their understanding of literature and film in well-shaped prose, and to additionally nurture their creativity through poetry and fiction workshops.

English Major/Minor Patterns

12 course units, including:

1 course from the following:

ENG 1074 Perspectives on Literature
ENG 1124 Introduction to Dramatic Literature (or THEA 1124)
ENG 1134 Introduction to Poetry
ENG 1144 Introduction to Fiction
1 course from the following:
ENG 2124 Introduction to African Fiction
ENG 2134 American Writing of Nature
ENG 2144 Women’s Literature
ENG 2154 American Women Writers and Ethnicity
ENG 2164 Twentieth-Century African-American Literature
ENG 2174 Popular Fictions
ENG 2184 Literature of the American South
ENG 2374 Postmodern Literature
ENG 2474 Survey of British Literature I
ENG 2484 Survey of British Literature II
ENG 2534 Detective Fiction
ENG 2654 Fictions of Identity
ENG 2714 Jane Austen and Film

ENG 2904 Literary Interpretation

6 3000-level period courses, to include:
1 pre-eighteenth-century:
ENG 3024 Chaucer
ENG 3304 Seventeenth-Century British Literature
ENG 3314 Renaissance Literature
ENG 3324 Shakespeare I
ENG 3334 Shakespeare II
ENG 3564 Milton
1 eighteenth-century:
ENG 3204 The Romantic Lyric
ENG 3224 Romanticism and Liberty
ENG 3504 The Eighteenth-Century British Novel
1 nineteenth-century:
ENG 3174 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
ENG 3234 Victorian Literature
ENG 3514 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
1 twentieth-century:
ENG 3404 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature
ENG 3414 Twentieth-Century British Literature, Post-1945
ENG 3664 Early Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENG 3674 Twentieth-Century American Literature, Post-1945
2 additional periods courses

2 English elective courses

ENG 4504 Capstone Seminar

All courses beyond the 1000 level should be chosen in careful consultation with an English program adviser.

*For students wishing to develop an overview of literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, it is strongly recommended that they satisfy the above major pattern by including the following cluster: ENG 2474 (Survey of British Literature I), to be taken in the sophomore year, and at least two 3000-level period courses from the "pre-eighteenth-century" list.

Students aiming for graduate study should acquire a reading knowledge of one foreign language, some acquaintance with its literature, and at least some knowledge of a second foreign language.

To become certified to teach English, students must complete the following:
English Major
Education Minor for English Secondary Certification

Completion of Education Minor for Secondary Certification (8-12) for Teaching English requires:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU  2014  Schooling in American Culture 
EDU  2094  Standards-Based Instruction 
EDU  2164  Designing Constructivist-Based Learning Climates 
EDU  3054  Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU  3244  Practicum in Learning Experiences 
EDU  4114  Supervised Teaching in High School 
EDU 4514   Senior Seminar
OR Senior Seminar in the student's discipline
Students must also take the following allied courses:
THEA 1214 Preparing to Act or
THEA 3414 Fundamentals of Play Directing
EDU 2084 Literature for Young Adults
PSY 1004 General Psychology
Students must also note the following:
From the selection of English courses, one must address women's literature, and one ethnic literature.
It is strongly recommended that one pair of Area IV courses be in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication.
Students should consult with the appropriate academic advisers and advisers in the education program to ensure that state certification and general education requirements are fulfilled.
Students must secure majors in appropriate disciplines as listed in the Catalog and be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Students who are enrolled in Supervised Teaching in their 9th consecutive regular term are charged at the reduced fee amount specified in the University Fee Schedule rather than the full-time tuition rate.
7 course units, including:
1 introductory course from the following:
 ENG 1074  Perspectives on Literature 
ENG 1124 Introduction to Dramatic Literature (or THEA 1124)
 ENG 1134  Introduction to Poetry 
 ENG 1144  Introduction to Fiction 
 ENG 1194  Introduction to Film 
6 other courses, at least 3 of which must be above the 1000-level. 

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