English

Bachelor of Arts | Minor | Teaching English Certification

Overview

(See also “English Education” for student wishing to certify to teach English in high schools)

Today’s employers want to hire people who can communicate effectively and who have the critical thinking skills necessary to solve problems. English majors, with their emphasis on reading and analyzing texts and on writing, find that they are positioned well to enter nearly any field after graduation.

Indeed, our graduates are enjoying success in diverse fields, including, most recently, careers in higher education administration, academic book publishing, ministry, politics, civil service, and college teaching.

What can you do with a degree in English?  Anything!

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Melissa Heidari, mheidari@nullcolumbiasc.edu

B.A. in English

Major Courses:

  • English 201 Introduction to the English Major
  • English 285 Critical Approaches to Interpreting Texts
  • English 495 Senior Seminar
  • A one- to three-semester-hour internship or research assistantship
  • One 400-level advanced seminar (other than ENG 495) from the lists below
  • Nine additional courses from the categories below, with at least one course chosen from each category. (Although some courses are listed in more than one category, a single course may satisfy the requirement in only one category.)

Global Perspectives (choose at least one):

  • ENG 200 Survey of World Literature
  • ENG 203 The Modern Fairy Tale
  • ENG 248 Blurred Lines: Ecological Imaginations
  • ENG 261 Contemporary African Literature and Film
  • ENG 382 Women’s Autobiography
  • ENG 383 The Modern Consciousness
  • ENG 410 Seminar in Comparative Literature

National Identities (choose at least one):

  • ENG 210 British Literature to 1660
  • ENG 220 British Literature 1660-1832
  • ENG 230 British Literature since 1832
  • ENG 231 Sex, Lies, and Anxieties in British Literature and Film
  • ENG 240 American Literature I
  • ENG 250 American Literature II
  • ENG 251 African-American Literature through Reconstruction
  • ENG 252 Twentieth-Century African-American Literature
  • ENG 340 American Women Writers
  • ENG 355 British Women Writers
  • ENG 356 Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • ENG 372 Literature of the American South
  • ENG 373 American Gothic
  • ENG 374 American Romanticism
  • ENG 375 American Multicultural Literature
  • ENG 415 Seminar in British Literature
  • ENG 425 Seminar in American Literature

Writers in Context (choose at least one):

  • ENG 251 African-American Literature through Reconstruction
  • ENG 252 Twentieth-Century African-American
  • ENG 325 Shakespeare
  • ENG 340 American Women Writers
  • ENG 355 British Women Writers
  • ENG 372 Literature of the American South
  • ENG 373 American Gothic
  • ENG 374 American Romanticism
  • ENG 375 American Multicultural Literature
  • ENG 382 Women’s Autobiography
  • ENG 415 Seminar in British Literature
  • ENG 425 Seminar in American Literature
  • ENG 430 Seminar on an Author

Theories and Concepts (choose at least one):

  • ENG 205 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • ENG 248 Blurred Lines: Ecological Imaginations
  • ENG 275 Advanced English Grammar
  • ENG 310 Genre Studies
  • ENG 311 Popular Fictions
  • ENG 315 Development of Modern English
  • ENG 381 Film and Literature
  • ENG 410 Seminar in Comparative Literature
  • ENG 478 Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 485 History of Critical Theory

Writing (choose at least one):

  • PR 360 Writing for Public Relations
  • PR 415 Intermediate Public Relations Writing
  • WRIT 200 Intro to Reporting
  • WRIT 150 Blogging
  • WRIT 202 Introduction to Copyediting
  • WRIT 207 Social Media and Technology
  • WRIT 210 Advanced Composition
  • WRIT 305 Writing for Business and Public Affairs
  • WRIT 325 Feature Writing
  • WRIT 330 Writing for Digital Media
  • WRIT 340 Methods of Teaching Writing
  • WRIT 346 Intro to Writing Short Fiction
  • WRIT 347 Intro to Writing Poetry
  • WRIT 348 Intro to Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • WRIT 350 Introduction to Digital Video
  • WRIT 355 Media Ethics and Law
  • WRIT 402 Micro- and Macro-Editing
  • WRIT 405 Intermediate Reporting
  • WRIT 425 Intermediate–Level Digital Video

English Minors (20 semester hours):

In order to obtain a Minor in either English, Writing, or Creative Writing, a student must complete 20 hours in the specified categories.

English

Any five ENG courses from the list above.

Writing

Any five WRIT or PR courses from the list above.

Creative Writing

WRIT 346 Intro to Writing Short Fiction
WRIT 347 Intro to Writing Poetry
WRIT 348 Intro to Writing Creative Nonfiction
Plus six semester hours of independent study during which time the student will produce a book-length manuscript of creative work.

Bachelor of Arts | Minor | Teaching English Certification